Home' Teacher : March 2010 Contents EDITORIAL
It came, it launched, it crashed -- and
relaunched, crashed, got tweaked a bit
and relaunched, but didn't quite con-
quer. The My School website, ma naged
by the Australian Curriculum, Assess-
ment and Reporting Authority, was
quite the centre of attention in Janua ry.
Commenting in favour, Australian
Council for EducationalResearchChief
Executive Geoff Masters pointed out
that My School's reporting of actual stu-
dent test results, by school a nd by com-
parison with like schools, provided real
transparency, but conceded that media
outlets could use the data to c reate
school league tables. Against, Austral-
ian Education Union Federal President
Angelo Gavrielatos criticised the nam-
ing and sha ming of schools, calling My
School's like-school comparisons
'invalid.' Writing in the Melbourne Age,
John Marsden, award-winning author
and principal of the Candleba rk School
north of Melbourne, described the My
School website as 'morally indefensible,'
but pointed out that you ca n find out
what a school is really like by visiting it
and talking with students. 'The other
way of evaluating the real worth of a
school is to gain access to . . .the kids' toi-
lets and the staff room,' he noted. 'The
quality of the lavatory facilities is the
single best indicator of the respect in
which children a re held in a school.' T
The oldest fully-registered teacher in
Victoria, Br Francis McCarthy, died at
the age of90 years inJanuary. Hebegan
teaching in 1940, when he was 19 years
old, and was still inspiring, guiding and
challenging students in July last year at
St Kevin's College, Melbourne, where he
taught for 33 years. He was principal of
Christian Brothers' College, St Kilda,
and Pa rade College, Melbour ne. T
4 TEACHER MARCH 2010
'The Americans have need of the
telephone, but we do not. We have
plenty of messenger boys.' Sir William
Preece, British Post Office, 1878.
'Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?'
HM Warner, Warner Bros, 1927.
'I think there is a world market for maybe
five computers.' Thomas Watson, chair-
man of IBM, 1943.
'Television won't be able to hold on to any
market it captures after the first six
months.' Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century
'The world potential market for copying
machines is 5,000 at most.' IBM heads
to the eventual founders of Xerox, 1959.
'There is no reason anyone would want
a computer in their home.' Ken Olsen,
Digital Equipment Corp, 1977.
'No one will need more than 637 KB of
memory for a personal computer -- 640
KB ought to be enough for anybody.'
Bill Gates, Microsoft, 1981.
'Next Christmas the iPod will be dead.'
Alan Sugar, British entrepreneur, 2005.
Source: Crovitz, G. (2009). Technology predictions
are mostly bunk. Wall Street Journal. (27 December.)
1. Who said the language of 'negative
social indicators' 'is inadequate to the
task of conveying the levels of sheer
suffering that many Indigenous people
2. Did Thomas Edison invent the light-
3. Who won last year's national achieve-
ment award for Excellence by a
4. Are students who play music smarter?
5. Ten minutes of laughter a day increases
your daily energy expenditure by up to
40 kilocalories. True or false?
6. Does media multi-tasking help students
to pay attention?
7. While Alex Hayward lugs a 10-kilo
backpack to and from school, he's
luckier than some peers. Why?
8. Racism in Australian schools is declin-
ing. True or false?
9. Is a student who receives help from his
or her parents guilty of cheating?
10. What does Steve Holden suggest you
call the students of the next gen-
eration heading to the door of your
Answers: 1. Peter Sutton, in the Australian Literary Review; 2. strictly, he shares the credit with Humphry Davy, Warren de la Rue,
Frederick de Moleyns and Joseph Wilson Swan; 3. Jane Dobson, from Claremont College, Hobart; 4. Olive Emil-Wetter and col-
leagues identify a correlation between music lessons and higher academic performance; 5. true, according to Maciej Buchowski and
colleagues; 6. no, according to Eyal Ophir and colleagues; 7. he plays the piano, so he doesn't have to carry a musical instrument as
well; 8. false, according to Fethi Mansouri and colleagues; 9. that depends on what one means by 'help'; 10. people.
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