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Starting Uni

Posted on February 23, 2004 at 12:32 AM in Uni | Permalink

Well I've finally started uni. I'm going back to do a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) in maths & computers, which means I'll come out the other end (hopefully) qualified to teach years 7-12 maths & computers. I've gone back to UWS in Penrith for three reasons:

  1. I know the uni & it's facilities
  2. It's really close to home
  3. It's supposed to be very good for education degrees

The course is designed to be done over 12 months, with six subjects a semester, but I have to do an additional maths subject to qualify for the Department of Education's requirements for maths teachers, so I'm going to be doing it over 18 months. Not that I mind, I think doing over 12 months would kill me! I'm also dropping back to part time work, which I will probably drop all together once someone can replace me.

It's going to be interesting, I've only been there one week and already there were signs up to go protest PM John Howard coming to Penrith last week. The exact wording of most of the posters escapes me, but I remember one bit well: John Howard is coming to fund-raise for his evil local minister Jackie Kelly (Emphasis mine). Evil? Evil? What, so she doesn't oppose the war to liberate Iraq and she supports policies that you don't like and suddenly she's evil?! These people don't know what evil is. They've never seen real evil if they think that Jackie Kelly is representative of it. This is evil, this is evil. This is not. A little bit of perspective here would be nice. By all means, disagree with public policy, that's the freedom we have in a democracy. But lets not try and demonise those whom we disagree with. I certainly don't think that everyone of a left/liberal/authoritarian persuasion is evil/stupid/whatever. Heck, I'm friends with people who think Latham's great and Howard is a blight on our country. Doesn't mean I don't like them, it just means our political discussions are very interesting!

Right, uni is going to be interesting. Only one week in and I'm already annoyed by the resident lefties! Oh well, this'll be a good exercise in holding my tongue.

Ignoring the politics, the course looks good. They're sending us out to schools next week to observe, and then for four weeks at the end of this and next semester we're in schools as student teachers, so there's lots of hands on experience. Also, the uni has moved to a very web-based learning structure. It's called WebCT and it means that lecturers can communicate with all students easily and post weekly assignments (and students can submit their work back online too). Also it has discussion forums for each subject so students and lecturers can discuss things for everyone to benefit from. It's good to see the technology being used like this. It's early days so it's got a few bugs to iron out, but that's understandable. Also, all tutorial registrations are done online, so there's no more mad rushes to the front of the lecture hall to try and get the tut you want. I does mean though that when the rest of the uni starts next month (B Teach. starts earlier for some reason) the servers will probably crash a few times.

Anyway, onwards with my goal to corrupteducate the youth of this nation!

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Glenn -

Good to see you're back after not posting for a while. I was beginning to wonder what you were up to. From what I've heard and seen of John Howard I like a lot; he seems very direct and to the point. I wish there were more politicians like him. One of the things that I'm often amused by (being confined to a liberal college campus) is that liberals often throw around terms like "evil" at those who acknowledge that there IS actually evil in this world. Absolutes seem to bother 'em. Ah well.

# Posted by: Joel ( at Feb 23, 2004 4:39:00 PM

Yeah, I'm still here. It's just getting harder & harder to find the time to blog. I should be quiting work in six weeks or so once the new guy is fully trained up, so I should have more time then.

It is quite amusing that those who suggest no absolutes should accuse people of being 'evil'. These people would be the same ones who want us to look for 'root causes' for 9/11 and Bali, but are willing to describe opposing politicians as 'evil'. Ironic, eh?

# Posted by: Glenn Slaven ( at Feb 23, 2004 4:49:01 PM

Heck, I'm friends with people who think Latham's great and Howard is a blight on our country. Doesn't mean I don't like them, it just means our political discussions are very interesting!

Hope your not talking about me :P

# Posted by: Strider ( at Mar 18, 2004 1:38:45 PM

Don't be fooled by John Howard. He is a very cunning politician with 30 years of experience
and he didn't get to be PM by being "Liberal" with the truth.

I work at UWS and am disgusted by what I have seen since the Howard govt came to power in 1996.

Our Uni is dying the death of a thousand cuts and I almost lost my own job thanks to his disgraceful education funding policy.

The Howard govt is a neocon backed political system reminiscent of 1920's Italy under Mussolini. The approach is a lot more refined and "media friendly" but the final outcomes are the same. The truth was Howard's
first victim. Who's next?

# Posted by: rachel ( at Sep 21, 2004 3:12:05 PM

"I wish the real world would just stop hassling me" - Rob Thomas