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February 27, 2021

Children not sheep

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Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some...

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Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Lismore urges REX to reconsider service cancellation

The regional airline Regional Express (REX) announced yesterday that five services, including its Lismore service, would cease once government support through the RANS program is discontinued at the end of March.

Belongil beach hut

L S Lambert, Byron Bay The illegal building on Belongil Beach (Letters, 12 February) is a permanent structure with no...

Wonderful Council

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I went for a swim at Belongil Beach the other day and was shocked to...

Music fest aims to be COVID-19 recovery event

Byron Bay could host a two-day, beachside music and arts festival in June this year, after an application to hold the event was lodged with Byron Council.

Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

Geoff Dawe, Byrrill Creek

The education debate about the amount of money available to schools on a needs basis is well worth having, but it needs to go beyond money available to re-carpet classrooms or update computers.

A root cause of ignorance in our culture is the negative reinforcing of learning that takes place when children are stressed by what they are supposed to be learning.

Once there is obligation, it is not education taking place, but the inculcation of ignorance, because whatever is a learning stress for children will tend to be steered away from in the latter part of their lives.

League tables in education are the stressing of both teachers and children, the ol’ double whammy.

Throughout history, reaching back as far as Greek civilisation, there have always been people who have called for child-centred education, where true education takes place by the child setting its own agenda of what it wants to learn and teachers facilitating this.

But in a technocratic civilisation, that sort of education is not wanted because it would produce geniuses all over the place in far more varied subject fields than we are used to, and, they would refuse to function like sheep.

 

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