Home' Teacher : September 2010 Contents EDITORIAL
Whatever you teach, one thing that's
certain is that the stuff you teach, and
the curric ulum that informs what a nd
how you teach, is fixed and immutable
-- or not. Paleontologists, for instance,
now believe that Triceratops 'neve r
really existed.' It was just the juvenile
form of a less well-know n dinosau r
called Torosaurus. Early years teachers
rest assured, though: Torosaurus w ill be
reclassified as the better-known Tricera-
tops, so all the three-horned playdough
models still out on display a re safe. After
all, Triceratops, is one of the big three
rock stars of the dinosaur world, along-
side Tyrannosaurus rex and Bronto-
saurus. Mind you, if you're still referring
to Brontosaurus instead of Apato-
saurus, it might be time to do a little
revision. Remember it was once thought
that, with its small head, Brontosaurus
-- okay, Apatosaurus -- couldn't chew
enough food to fuel its huge body?
That's where we got the idea that it sup-
ported its massive weight by ha nging out
in swamps. Tur ns out, this small-headed
dinosaur didn't chew its food. It had a
gizzard, like birds. Paleontologists have
even found grinding stones in fossil
remains. The whole Brontosaurus or
Apatosaurus thing goes back to 1877,
when Othniel Charles Marsh of Yale
University discovered a specimen that he
na med Apatosaurus a nd then a la rger
one that he thought was an entirely new
species and named Brontosaurus. Elm e r
Riggs of the Field Museum in Chicago
in 1903 a rgued that Apatosaurus was a
juvenile Brontosaurus -- a nd the Bronto-
saurus name was abandoned because
Apatosaurus was named first. Things
change, but the more things change, the
more they stay the same -- which brings
us back to the new national curriculum.
Standbyfor plenty ofargument anddis-
cussion about this. T
4 TEACHER SEPTEMBER 2010
Average age for primary teachers in 2007:
Average age for secondary teachers: 44
Proportion of female and male primary
teachers: 79 and 21 per cent respectively.
Proportion of female and male secondary
teachers: 56 and 44 per cent respec-
Proportion of females and males in leader-
ship positions in primary schools: 57
and 43 per cent respectively.
Proportion of females and males in leader-
ship positions in secondary schools: 41
and 59 per cent respectively.
Proportion of primary teachers and school
leaders of Indigenous origin: one to two
per cent -- given some missing data.
Proportion of secondary teachers and
school leaders of Indigenous origin: less
than one per cent.
Proportion of the Australian population of
Indigenous origin: three per cent.
Source: McKe nzie, P., Kos, J., Walker, M. & Hong, J.
(2008). Staff in Australia's Schools 2007. Canberra:
Department of Education , Employment and
Workplace Relation s.
1. Does parent occupation make a dif-
ference when it comes to the percent-
age of students reaching the Year 6
and 10 proficient standard identified
by experts as an indication of what
students should be able to do using
2. Steve Dinham says students need and
want answers to four questions. What
3. A motion graph activity is far too
complex to implement with primary
classes. True or false?
4. What do school sport and digital
games have in common?
5. What does HTML stand for?
6. Is too much television bad for you?
7. If there's a crisis for your school, the
first crisis-management step is to duck
for cover. True or false?
8. What does Tim Hawkes suggest would
maintain the current 'cease-fire' on
9. When is World Teachers' Day?
10. Who said 'high-stakes accountability
does not produce better education'?
Answers: 1. yes, according to the National Assessment Program -- ICT Literacy Years 6 & 10 Report 2008; 2. what can I do, what
can't I do, how does my work compare with that of others, and how can I do better? 3. false, according to pre-Prep teacher Susan
Harrison; 4. both are goal-directed and competitive activities conducted within a framework of agreed rules; 5. HyperText MarkUp
Language; 6. according to the research, apparently not; 7. ahem, false; 8. a Commonwealth government guarantee that no school
will have its funding frozen; 9. 29 October; 10. Diane Ravitch in her blog at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences
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