Jewell of Anstey

LOTE news is good news
May 14, 2011, 11:01 pm
Filed under: education, politics, Uncategorized, Victoria


It is not often these days that I open the morning paper to welcome news. But this morning’s Sunday Age brought me something I am really happy about.

The Victorian State Government is planning to move language teaching beyond being only a subject to being also a medium of education. Subjects other than the language itself – such as maths and science – could be taught in a LOTE.

This approach to language teaching is vastly superior. Language learning requires time and exposure. The amount it has been getting is just nowhere near enough.

There is a vast body of research and experience that shows that students continue to learn the content of other subjects (such as maths and science) even when they are learning them through a second language. And they can also learn the second language in the process.

It would also be nice to see the demoralised LOTE teaching workforce get a bit of a boost.

Good news.


Now I know how Abraham felt
May 10, 2011, 2:25 am
Filed under: Commonwealth, politics, Uncategorized

Geez, Julia, you are making it hard.

My loyalty to the ALP is based on a commitment to ideals, not any given current leadership or policy. I don’t expect the Labor Party in government to please me all the time. I expect decisions I disagree with, and lacunae. Most of the time, I can deal with the gap between the government I would like, and the government I get.

But Julia Gillard on asylum seekers is really testing me.