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Becoming Educated

by Cheryl Lacey, ©2021 (Nov. 11, 2021) — Our life begins with two biological parents. Our life ends alone. In the middle we change, through teaching. We become educated. Education is a lifelong pursuit where the mistakes, achievements and wisdom of so many, intersect with our own. And the language in our conversations, and the relationships we have determine […]

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Australian Educators Urge Public Engagement on Proposed “Pandemic Management” Bill

by Cheryl Lacey, ©2021 (Nov. 5, 2021) — The Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021 is well on the way to becoming law. This law, like many others, was debated and created without your input. You may think, ‘I’m not in Victoria, this doesn’t affect me.’ Think again. The image is a […]

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The State of Control over Families

by Cheryl Lacey, ©2021  (Jul. 26, 2021) — AUSTRALIAN children are educated under State controlled school systems. Currently, parents with children of compulsory school age are compelled to enrol their children in State registered schools. Although there are several alternatives – government, non-government and denominational schools and home schooling – all must be registered by […]

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Parents Hold Power with a Pen

by Cheryl Lacey, ©2021 (Jul. 6, 2021) — Parents and families continue to be hamstrung by inefficiencies and a lack of accountability in Australian schools. Despite annual spending in the billions, on buildings, curriculum reviews and research, to teacher wellbeing programs, additional tutors and computers, problems faced by parents and their children either remain the […]

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The Potential Power of the Parent Voice

by Cheryl Lacey, ©2021   (Jun. 22, 2021) — VICTORIAN parents have the power to take control of poorly performing Victorian government schools. For decades, parents have been held to ransom by selfish and incompetent government ministers and by teacher-friendly unions. “Teachers work an average of 15 hours unpaid overtime every week”, says the Australian Education […]

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The Post & Email Interviews Australian “Democracy” Video Authors/Educators

“IT’S A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO VOTE” by Sharon Rondeau (Oct. 29, 2020) — Last week, Australian educator and author Cheryl Lacey sent us a link to what will be the first in a series of educational videos designed to inform their fellow citizens of their rights and responsibilities in their nation’s democracy.  We then conducted […]

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Hold Back The Creep

“STAY INFORMED AND BE INVOLVED” by Cheryl Lacey, ©2020 (Oct. 10, 2020) — What would you do if you heard schools were taking children from their parents? It sounds like an outrageous question, doesn’t it? Nevertheless, it’s one I would like you to take seriously. Every day decisions are made in schools and classrooms. Parents […]

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Who Is Raising Australia’s Children?

“AN URGENT AND SERIOUS QUESTION” by Cheryl Lacey, ©2020 (Oct. 9, 2020) — We need to protect Australia’s children. Few would argue against that. This acknowledged need, however, must be balanced with another: the need for a robust discussion about duty of care. Duty of care requires people to act reasonably whenever they are carrying […]

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Trumping Australian Education

“THIS TREND IS REVERSIBLE” by Cheryl Lacey, ©2020 (Aug. 25, 2020) — Australian education is in dire need of overhaul. The PISA exam, which is administered every three years, measures 15-year-old students’ abilities in 73 countries. It is the world’s leading external exam, and provides a snapshot of a nation’s education. Australia’s ranking in science, […]

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Equality Isn’t Always Fair

EDUCATION AS AN EQUALIZER by Cheryl Lacey, ©2020 (Jun. 9, 2020) — Imagine if everyone in the world were given $100. That would be equality. People could choose to spend, save or invest that $100 as they wished. That would be fairness. We have a right to free, compulsory primary education. This is equality. To […]