NSW up to something again?Get ready for the schools and the kids this time!I don’t want to give you the test kit

2022-06-07 0 By

The 9am school bell forms the basis of the habits of thousands of Australian homes.Even this string of ringtones has grown up with generation after generation.But if our new governor Perrottet continues to have his way, at least in the NEW State, that could change completely.Yesterday, announcing the creation of a panel of women’s economic experts to guide government policy, he called for “revolutionary ideas” to break down structural gender barriers.Reforming the time children start school could be one of many changes.”9am to 3pm [school starts] is not going to work in my view,” the governor said.”During this time, parents will face a range of pre – and after-school challenges, such as childcare and a range of issues related to the early childhood curriculum.”One factor driving any potential change is the juggling of school hours that working parents have to juggle and the difficulty of focusing on work.It should also be mentioned that the Prime Minister and his wife Helen have six children together, with a seventh on the way.I don’t know if I can make such a bad decision considering my own situation.Angelo Gavrielatos, president of the NSW Teachers’ Federation, dismissed the idea as “a piece of paper”.Supervision of students should be a by-product of school education, not the main goal, he said.Later this year, the new State will begin an experiment to extend the school day. Schools that wish to take part will be able to apply.I would like to ask the governor, if this is true, why not just copy the domestic model of evening self-study?If you really want to make it easier, it’s more convenient.Where did the NSW School Day come from The school day as we know it dates back to 1880.Rule 128 of NSW’s Common Pedagogy Law states that students must meet on the playground at 8.45am, classes begin at 9am and end at 3.20pm.The act provides for a 10-minute break at 10:30 a.m. on the playground.Although some schools later adopted their own schedules, the Act remains the cornerstone of school operations today.More than 140 years later, society has changed.First, the pre-commonwealth single-income family dynamics have changed.Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) last June showed that almost 70 per cent of “husband and wife households” consisted of two people normally living in the same household, both working.At the same time, about 15% of households in Australia are single-parent families, which may add another level of pressure to the “work-school balance”.Australian Bureau of Statistics figures estimate that there are about 416,000 single-parent families with children in which the caretaker is still in work.More than 78 percent of these families are single working mothers.NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell says school days should not be set in stone.As our society is developing constantly, we must keep pace with The Times, especially in education.The government is always looking at ways to improve family life and extra flexibility in schools will help.”The driving force behind the governor’s argument is to make schools more compatible with modern lifestyles.But one expert asks: What is the purpose of schools?Don Carter, a senior education lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, said answering that question needed to precede the debate about school hours.Do schools exist as child care facilities for parents so they can free up time for work?Is the school now a medical distribution point or a learning point?”Dr. Carter, a former teacher and department head, said detailed studies of how students learn best should inform decision-making.It may be that in the morning you assign certain age groups to specific key learning areas, such as English and maths, literacy and numeracy, and then move on to other types of key learning areas and activities in the afternoon.It has to be nuanced, it has to be age-group-based, not a one-size-fits-all approach.”Yesterday, the governor acknowledged that any change would require a tailored approach.Some schools are doing things differently. Merrylands East, a public school in southwest Sydney, changed its start time to 8am to 1.15pm a decade ago.The change came in response to a survey that showed 72 percent of parents supported the switch.The school has recess, no lunch break, but offers the same amount of instruction.”It’s pretty good. I don’t think I ever wanted to change it and go back because it’s part of the culture,” says principal John Goh.Edmond-rice College, a Catholic boys’ secondary school near Wollongong, has moved its hours from 8am to 2pm for all students after extensive consultation.Headteacher Stephen Gough said: “It’s always been a positive factor for our school, it’s been a useful differentiator for us.Students are actually able to participate in a way that maximizes their learning time in the classroom.””This gives students more time for extracurricular activities, including part-time jobs, representative work and after-school study groups.”State Premier Dominic Perrottet says rapid antigen testing is “unlikely” to continue in schools beyond this month as NSW health considers its next steps to keep students safe in indoor classrooms.”We are evaluating what we are going to do from week four,” Mr. Perrottet said, noting, “While we are discussing these issues, the second delivery of supplies to the school has already arrived.”NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the department was studying the data and calling parents of school-age children who tested positive to find out under what circumstances they were tested – whether for symptoms, as family contacts or to monitor for RATS.She said the department wanted to review the number of cases in each age group, survey responses and work with colleagues in Victoria.Dr Chant added that the “overall picture of transmission” would be one of many factors NSW Health would consider as it considered making recommendations to the state government on its next steps.