November 22nd 2008

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: How Barack Obama won

CANBERRA OBSERVED: How long will Malcolm Turnbull last?

NATIONAL SECURITY: Executed Bali bombers hailed as martyrs

HUMAN RIGHTS: Beijing's butcher is granted Australian visa

ENVIRONMENT: Arctic melting: don't spoil a good story with the facts

FINANCIAL MARKETS: Regulatory proposals being put to Obama

OPINION: The West's long-running economic malaise

HEALTH CARE: Australian medicine's middle way

AUSTRALIAN POLITICS: A successful conservative party ready to rebuild

RULE OF LAW: The perils of a politicised judiciary

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Assessing the Australian Christian Lobby

POPULATION: The economic consequences of abortion

MEDIA: The facts behind the 1949 coal strike

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Toxic melamine in the food chain in China / African-Americans from victimhood to responsibility

Abandoning the old and sick (letter)

Institutional corruption in our schools (letter)

Absurd expectations about Obama (letter)

BOOKS: THE FAMILY: Power, Politics and Fundamentalism's Shadow Elite, by Jeff Sharlet

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Institutional corruption in our schools (letter)

by J.W. Shannon

News Weekly, November 22, 2008

The scientific, business and commercial language of the world in English. Our children start life with the advantage of this as a first language. It should be practical for them to equal the educational potential of any English-speaking country and easier to equal or surpass the standards of those with other languages.

Educationally our world can be almost borderless, but we will not take advantage of this unless we can communicate with others as equals.

We are committed to the ideal of world-class education, so the ongoing debates, the emerging parental dissatisfaction with the status quo and the plans for improvement are of great interest and have (mostly) our support.

News Weekly has been a long supporter of reform, and we read Drs Kevin Donnelly and Mark Lopez with attention and an enquiring attitude.

We are, however, amazed that the institutional corruption that will prevent any real improvement is not identified or debated.

For instance, school principals actively discourage and prevent their less able students from sitting the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) exam. This raises the individual and average marks of the students who do sit and the reputation of the school and teachers.

Teachers supervise their own students as they sit for their exams, answer questions about the subjects during the exams and permit those who do not complete their papers by the end of class to return and do this next day.

It is not difficult to anticipate what will happen if teachers whose students perform better in exams receive pay increases.

J.W. Shannon,
Wellington Point, Qld

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