June 5th 2004

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Time running out for Marriage Act

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Is Howard Government running out of time?

CRIME: Drug trade behind police corruption

DRUGS: Needle exchange programs: the facts

OPINION: Shuffling deck chairs on the gay 'Titanic'

QUARANTINE: Pork producers appeal to the Federal Court

AGRICULTURE: Dairy farmers fight for survival

SOCIETY: Gen X foots bills for baby boomers

PAKISTAN: Behind Pakistan's economic revival

TAIWAN: President Chen's olive branch to Beijing

STRAWS IN THE WIND : More than a sandwich and a milkshake / Golden Goose / Surfing the Sunday soufflés

CO-OPERATIVES : Lessons from Mondragon

EDUCATION: Dumbing down our schools

COVER STORY: Mitsubishi - counting the cost of closure

Britain and the Arabs (letter)

Australia's sovereignty (letter)

Standards in education (letter)

BOOKS: CARL SCHMITT, By Paul Gottfried

BOOKS: THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE: The Life and Times of Morrison of Peking

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Standards in education (letter)

by Greg O'Regan

News Weekly, June 5, 2004

It is my view that an Australia-wide campaign is needed to raise the esteem, status and responsibility for education in all its forms and at all levels in our society - governments, citizens, parents, and students. News reports indicate that many aspects of education are being used politically. Societies persist longer than governments of any flavour. It is the status given to education in Australia that begs for fundamental attitudinal change.

A public campaign to elevate the worth and priority of education would significantly benefit our society, but it has to be national, bipartisan and the costs not begrudged. I suggest that elevating attitudes to education would be cheaper and more morale-boosting for our society than band-aids like revising curriculum, gender-based scholarships, patching up teachers' salaries, providing more gear and buildings. None of these good things solve the basic problem of making education universally valued.

If every member of the nation from the lowest to the highest in the land has a responsibility for the formation of future Australian generations, the next step is a campaign to convince everyone of the high and lasting importance of the dynamic of education in that process.

Greg O'Regan,
Farrer, ACT

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