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Teachers Clamp Down On Students' Rights To Protest.

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posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 05:29 PM
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Everyone in Oz has a rigth to protest.

The students at this school were protesting about a proposal to merge 4-5 schools in the local area into 1 super-school.

Do the teachers have a right to stop students from practicing a democratic right, or is it that because they are too young to vote yet, that they don't count.

www.northernstar.com.au...


Teachers Try To Halt Protest



MORE than 250 Richmond River High School students were stopped by teachers when they attempted to march on the office of State Lismore MP Thomas George to protest against a proposed super school.

Senior students organised the lunch-time protest against the new school – which would see students from the Richmond River, Kadina and Wilson Park high schools and Nimbin Central School channelled to the Lismore High School for Years 11 and 12.

Teachers attempted to talk the students out of marching, but more than 100 decided to continue with the protest. “The teachers were freaking out,” one student said.

About half the students made it out of the grounds and were pursued by teachers on foot and in cars.

“The teachers said if we didn't turn back we would be in a lot oftrouble,” the student said.

Senior students encouraged younger students to turn back in order to avoid disciplinary action. However, about 50 students continued to the MP's office where they chanted, “No super school, super school sucks”.

At 1pm an emergency assembly was called at which the school captains addressed the students to tell them what they had done was wrong.

Principal Chris Watkins reportedly told the assembly rumours about a super school were not credible.

Yesterday, the NSW Department of Education continued to deny there were any plans for a super school, but said “any proposal for significant closer working between schools would be put to students, parents and staff from the very outset”.

NSW Teachers Federation North Coast organiser Nicole Major said she could confirm senior education department staff had briefed Education Minister Adrian Piccoli about a proposal for a Lismore super school.

“There have been talks at a local level and higher levels,” she said.

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posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 05:35 PM
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Well apparantly they didn't force them to stop but tried to talk them out of as some students still did protest anyways.

Also they may have been trying to talk them out of it because this plan is simply a rumor and they don't want kids wasting their time over something that's not happening.

I would have tried to talk them out of it also. A wasted effort to protest something that's not happening.



posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 05:40 PM
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why would they threaten the students to stop if there was nothing to it? seems like there is more to this story than "kids being stupid". i think its great that they protested, and hopefully they got the results they wanted, and no "super school" will be formed.



posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 05:43 PM
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They didn't stop their right to protest as some still did anyways and there never were plans for a super school so the kids didn't win as it wasn't gonna happen anyways.



posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 05:51 PM
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That is a great thing to see happen. I may not understand or even care about the finer details of the issue, but that isn't the most important aspect of the story. It's refreshing to see High School kids out protesting WITHOUT being put up to it by teachers or scripted from teachers on what politics should be and how the children WILL think about any given topic.

More power to these kids for daring to stand for something...anything...that was non-violent, productive (in their minds..as well as the teachers who "freaked" lol..) The teachers may have been having nervous breakdowns over "their children" protesting something that wasn't 100% in line with their own (or their union's) beliefs, but I didn't hear anyone trying to tell the kids what they were doing wouldn't DO something.


I wish more kids would use their own brains and stand up when they really think it's the right thing to do. The world would be a better place if that would happen WITHOUT the prodding and 'guidance' that almost always goes with it now.
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posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 05:52 PM
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This is an article from 17/06/2011

There are several models of these super-schools in existence in NSW. So rumours do have a precidence.

www.northernstar.com.au...


Buck-passing over school plan


RUMOURS are rife throughout Northern Rivers high schools that the Department of Education is planning a radical restructure of five Lismore high schools into a multi-campus “superschool”.

While a department spokesperson has categorically denied such a plan is on the table, senior sources at several schools say they have been told it is a “done deal” and is earmarked for introduction from 2012.

A spokesperson for Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said no such plans had come from the Minister’s office, though it could have been initiated at a local level, while Lismore MP Thomas George said late yesterday that he had been assured “nothing would be done without a proper consultation process”.

The Northern Star has been told the shake-up involves offering only Years 7 to 10 at Richmond River, Kadina, Nimbin and Wilson Park High Schools while channelling all Years 11 and 12 students through Lismore High School as the senior campus.

There are currently 16 such models operating in different forms throughout NSW with varying degrees of success, though a similar system in Dubbo has recently been reversed after 10 years following scathing criticism from teachers and parents.

NSW Teachers Federation North Coast organiser Nicole Major said yesterday she had been fielding calls from concerned and frustrated teachers across the Northern Rivers all day.

“At this point we will not support any changes to the existing structure,” she said.

“There has been no consultation by the department with teachers, students or the community which is significant and, given the disastrous outcomes at Dubbo, and also a number of other schools around the state that are very unhappy with their structures, we don’t see this in anyway shape or form as a positive direction.

“We can understand they are trying to get a more attractive school system but we think there are far better options than splitting the seniors and juniors.”

Lismore High School principal Peter Campbell said local high schools had been discussing senior and multi-campus models in the Lismore area since 1999, and since 2007 under the banner of the Lismore Community of Secondary Schools incorporating Wilson Park Special School, Kadina, Richmond River, Nimbin, and Lismore high schools.

He said the group would continue to explore “all options of curriculum choice” including sharing syllabus and staff, but said no decision had been made regarding a “superschool”.

“We have not decided that that would be a way to go but if it was the (case) we would certainly put it out there for consultation,” he said.

“We have no formal direction from the department or the region that that’s going to happen, or is going to happen in the next year or the next few years.”

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posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 05:54 PM
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I agree with you on your point. This shows that kids can be a powerful force and if they carry this on into adulthood this is where real change can happen. Peaceful protests have changed so much in this country and it is an exremely effective tool if used properly..

Good job for the kids.



posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 10:04 PM
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Originally posted by kro32
I would have tried to talk them out of it also. A wasted effort to protest something that's not happening.


I'm sorry but i disagree with you on this, there have been plenty of laws and regulations passed that have begun as rumor and back room talks ( see julia gillard carbon tax) and apparently was never happening. People giving mass negative sentiment to an issue before it is officially proposed would stop most sane politicians from proposing as they already know the public opinion.



posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 10:09 PM
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Originally posted by Scaledown

Originally posted by kro32
I would have tried to talk them out of it also. A wasted effort to protest something that's not happening.


I'm sorry but i disagree with you on this, there have been plenty of laws and regulations passed that have begun as rumor and back room talks ( see julia gillard carbon tax) and apparently was never happening. People giving mass negative sentiment to an issue before it is officially proposed would stop most sane politicians from proposing as they already know the public opinion.


Well I was going directly from the information in the article which is far as I know is correct. It's fine if you want to expand that beyond the scope of this thread but I chose not to do that. As far as I know this super school is not planned for this area so I am correct in that regards.




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