Students grappling with digital pitfalls

LET me expand on Wayne Offer's letter 22/9.

When I was studying for my Dip Ed, in 1971, on the reading list was a book by Neil Postman, who referred to the need for educators to ensure that students had an "inbuilt shock-proof crap detector as part of their survival kit".

Where in the curriculum is that appearing today?

It used to be part of social studies, but that has largely disappeared or been emasculated when it should be front and centre.

Most educational institutions are not institutions of learning, they are sausage factories.

Try: "Almost nothing is about what you think it is about - including you" (Hemingway).

Try: "The more things change the more things stay the same" (Jean Baptiste circa 1849). Now let's see; "a new government promises change but reverts back to the policies of its predecessors once in power".

The net is scary if you don't know how to use it.

This is my contention with regards to students in schools today. Surely they can pick Trump and see Abbott and Shorten as clowns just for starters, or God forbid maybe not?

As for the ABC and Four Corners in particular; when they are attacked from both sides of the political spectrum, you know they must be doing something right.

DAVID HARRIS

Bellbird Park

Time to update

YEARS ago a teacher overseas stopped her children singing the song, Baa Baa Black Sheep Have You Any Wool, as she believed it was racist.

She replaced the word black with rainbow.

The rainbow is now the symbol for marriage equality, so then does that mean the song now should be sung, "baa baa gay sheep have you any wool?"

PETE

Pine Mountain



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