Re: Schools out!

So true. It seems as though respect has gone out with the arc here.
Although ideologically opposed to private education (in England the private
schools are for the cream of England - the thick and the rich) I realised
that in Sydney there must be a reason that 35% (and growing) of kids go to
private schools. Our daughter goes to one and although not super strict,
the fundamentals of living with other people are observed.

My daughter went to my old primary school in England for the day recently
while we were on holiday. Not only did no one stand when the principal come
into the room, but no one greeted him. At my daughter's school in Sydney
the principal can't move without kids greeting her by name. Simple manners
make a big difference.

As for the respect for people, king, Buddha etc taught in Thailand - we
could do with a lot more of that here. Even in busy Hong Kong, where we
spent a few days on our way back from England, there is a level of civility
that is sadly lacking in Australia - politeness, respect for elders, respect
for public property etc.

"Sandy Cruden" <sandycruden@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message

Alex Gitlits :
On Fri, 15 Jun 2007 21:06:10 -0700, Sandy Cruden

Thanks for this post, Sandy.

I completely agree with you on family ties issue. In Australia, I see
most children as being detached from the family and more interested in
footy scores or scoring drugs. Closeness of Thai children to their
parents is beautiful and is to be cherished. Thai children's attitude
to their parents is to be envied by their western counterparts.


Yes Alex. It's obvious that education in the "West" has some major
problems. I was reading recently that verbal abuse and assault of
teachers by parents *and* pupils is on the increase in Oz and many
teachers in Oz are openly politicising education by espousing their
political beliefs in the classroom. I mentioned in another post a
lady that I met today, she is from Port Augusta SA, she has 4 children
and has lived in Darwin and Adelaide, she is despairing of the state
schools in Australia but lacks the resources to send them to a private
school. My daughter in Melbourne has taken my grandson out of the
state school he was at, and has sent him, at considerable expense, to
Mentone Grammar. I visited the school when I was in Melbourne recently
and it is very impressive. As far as my boys are concerned, so far so
good, they're doing fairly well academically, are well behaved and
mannerly, and repect their elders.