Albrechtsen Watch: Teachers are lying to your kids

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Fear has long been one of the mainstays of the conservative side of politics. You know the line: “Don’t dare to change anything, or dream of a better society, because you’ll bugger the whole thing.” But it has to be said fear, paranoia and suspicion are extraordinarily useful – especially if you’re part of the activist right who get to pen a weekly missive in the pages of Rupert Murdoch’s ultra-stodgy Australian. So what was Albrechtsen choosing to scare us about this week? Teachers. You see Albrechtsen… click HERE.

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9 Responses to “Albrechtsen Watch: Teachers are lying to your kids”

  1. amybg Says:

    Hey Tim, guess what? I’m back in the sub-editing business and found a missing “s” in “Albrechtsen” in the third-last par. Thought you’d like to know.

    While I generally disagree with what Albrechtsen is saying, bias in marking can be a problem. A university student I met a couple of days ago was telling me she recently accessed an assignment mark online and had been given 90%. Not hard to believe considering how smart she was. Before giving back the hard copies her lecturer asked for an honest opinion of the question and this student was honest and argued it’s lack of merit. The lecturer couldn’t find her assignment and said she’d get an email when it was found. Her mark was amended to 75%.

    That sounds like bias to me, political stances aside.

  2. Tim Says:

    Thanks for the spelling heads up – what would I do without you?

  3. Tim Says:

    I hear you on the bias. Look bias is everywhere, and everywhere it is it is wrong. I just object to Albrechtsen smearing a whole profession – and at the same time saying teachers have got to be ultra careful to be unbiased while all her mates in the corporate sector can trip along merrily in their amoral world.

  4. Tim Says:

    If she’s so keen on the whole teaching thing then why not go back and have a crack? Teachers work bloody hard – how many people would like to front 30 teenagers every half hour? They have to prepare lessons, mark etc – AND their profession has been consistently downgraded (because of commentary like Brechtsen’s (if only she were a little more like Brecht). Teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world – growing out future.

  5. Tim Says:

    My recent trip to Lakemba boys taught me that. As you read that was an amazing experience. I just get sick of people taking cheap shots. Anyway, always lovely to yak. Tim out!

  6. amybg Says:

    I’m actually OK with a bit of bias, as long as the biased person can acknowledge that’s where they’re coming from. Everyone is biased to some extent, but I think if we can make a note of it and discuss situations then it’s a good thing because it can encourage critical thinking.

    I couldn’t help but notice the ‘Brecht’ in her name either! It’s a bit ironic, isn’t it?

    I agree, teaching is hard, and probably one of the hardest professions to be good at. I just wonder how much that has to do with individual teachers, and how much it has to do with the structure and syllabus. I had some awful teachers at school, but I was independent enough to learn regardless of their teaching methods. I think there’s a little too much spoon-feeding in school and perhaps that is when unacknowledged bias gets out of hand.

    Furthermore, I’m compelled to bring up the fact that this is the only woman on the ABC board of directors…there’s meaning in that too, I’m sure.

    Glad to be of help with the correction, apparently some people don’t appreciate it over at LiveNews, but at least you do!

  7. Tim Says:

    I would love to be a teacher. And I think i’d enjoy it and be bloody good at it. But teaching as a profession (many wouldn’t even compare it to being a doctor or lawyer anymore) has been do downgraded and derided (by exactly the kind of angry guff that Janet has been putting out there) that why would you want to?

  8. Tim Says:

    Of course the main reason it is derided is because about 30-40 years ago women entered the profession in huge numbers…

  9. amybg Says:

    …no doubt making people realise how awful many of the male teachers out there are…

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