March 26th 2005

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COVER STORY: EDITORIAL: Indonesian President in Australia

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Behind the skills shortage in the not-so-clever country

FOREIGN TRADE: The perils of bilateral trade agreements

SCHOOLS: Teacher unions enforcing the gender agenda

SPECIAL FEATURE: Murder and insurrection: Lance Sharkey in Singapore

BIOETHICS: UN backs ban on human cloning

OPINION: Cutting the abortion rate - the political options

THINKERS: Philosopher of greed: Ayn Rand

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Dicing with our future / China rampant / Double standards?

INTERNATIONAL LAW: Behind the Timor Sea Treaty dispute

HONG KONG: China's man in Hong Kong quits

ASIA: Australia has role in great power contest

PAKISTAN: What role should Islam play in Pakistan?

Unemployment only five per cent? (letter)

How can we save our schools? (letter)

Urban riots a 'wake-up call' (letter)

BOOKS: FEWER: How the new demography of depopulation will shape our future

BOOKS: NELSON'S PURSE, by Martyn Downer

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How can we save our schools? (letter)

by John Kelly

News Weekly, March 26, 2005

The atrophied and regressive (back-to-the-'70s) ideological distortion of contemporary formal education, evident in the Australian Education Union and Australian Curriculum Studies Association's "praxis" model and agenda, together with the Australian Council of Deans of Education's charter for Australian education (News Weekly, March 12, 2005), raises several critical questions:

(i) How long can the Federal Government afford to tolerate the now-systemic dumbing-down of Australia's students in the Labor-controlled states?

(ii) What is the most effective means of combating the neo-Marxist and postmodernist capture of our schools and tertiary institutions?

(iii) How can a traditional liberal-humanist curriculum, that equips students for informed and full democratic participation in our society, be maintained in the face of the current Gramscian "revolution of institutions from within"?

John Kelly,
Tranmere, SA

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