Little Jo goes to a very good public (government funded) primary school. In a couple of years when she turns twelve, she will go to a secondary school, probably called a college, but in my experience and many of my older Australian readers, it was known as a high school.
While Sister and myself would agree that we would like government funded secondary education to be first class, I expect Little Jo will go to a private school. Private secondary education is on the increase in Australia and while I don't like the privilege it is supposed to bestow, and nor do I particularly believe that is so every case. Such is the state of our education system. I endorse Little Jo being educated by a private school. No one more than me has a troubled conscience over that. It goes against everything I believe in about what is good for society.
Sister went to a public school, Bone Doctor to a private school. Sister's mother was on a deserted wives' pension, with Sister's father paying maintenance for his children until they turned a certain age. Was it 16? Bone Doctor's father was a doctor, her mother is a nurse. Bone Doctor's parents paid for her higher education. Sister worked washing dishes and as a bank teller to pay for her living expenses and I expect her tertiary education was 'free'. She was the only ambitious child of our our parents.
Little Jo's secondary education will cost a couple of thousand dollars in the early years but may well increase to $10,000 plus in her final years. Plus extras. Sister and Bone Doctor can afford this and Little Jo will never go without. (she does go without sugary drinks though, and chocolate biscuits, but is secretly fed naughty food by her Nanny and R).
Little Jo's Mothers' are both clever and well educated, just perhaps lacking in close personal people skills. R will earbash you on this for an hour or two. Little Jo is almost a copy of her bio mother, Sister. We think we know who her bio father is and he too is very clever, as is her bio father's wife. Bone Doctor is ever so practical.
There are plenty of good private schools on the Bellarine Peninsular where Little Jo lives. There is not known to me any great secondary government schools in her area. There isn't a McKinnon High or Glen Waverley Secondary College. There is a government funded secondary school for high achieving girls in Melbourne near us and I am sure Little Jo would qualify, but from what I observe, Anglo Saxon children are not welcome. Maybe it is because the parents of Anglo Saxon heritage kids can afford to send their children to private schools, whereas our immigrant population pressure their children to achieve and get admittance to the posh government school.
Lordy, did what I was going to post about get so totally lost. There are so many crushes on the school curriculum and most with great value, but so many are motherhood classes. In my opinion schools should step back from educating children about what parents should be educating their children, about important things in life. Life matters, if you like. That creates some space for.........media studies.
Children need to be taught about the manipulative media and to view it with great cynicism. They need to know how advertising works. They don't need to be taught about how to use the internet. They will know that already. Sadly in these days, they need to be taught great cynicism.
You may recall me being a little upset when Little Jo told me, 'You need my mothers'(sic) permission before you take my photo. As I write this, she was not so smart mouthed about photos being taken of her today, a few Sundays ago at Anakie Fairy Park. But if it is her and her parents wish for her not to appear on Facebook, so be it. I will share photos of other nieces and great nieces.
At what age do children get personal phones? They have probably played with their parents' phone from a youngish age.
I found this newspaper article below interesting. I reckon from the age of thirteen I would be outraged to know that my parents could spy on me personally and what I was doing on my phone, had I a personal phone back then, I expect I would looking at gay pornography and looking for men to put into practice what I had seen. And, I expect I would not have turned out any differently to what I am. I think by the age of thirteen, I had already bought my first soft porn gay magazine, and cut out pictures from clothing catalogues of men in underwear, probably Bonds.
No photos at a school swimming gala? At times I do understand why people do say, political correctness gone mad.
Bugger orf parents. You are not spying on this 13 year old me's phone and what I do with it.
It relies on students downloading a tamper-proof phone app, and a portal lets parents see what sites, messages and apps children are accessing. Schools and parents can deactivate the phone's cameras and a sleep timer bars students from accessing the internet at bedtime.