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Cramming the Curriculum With Nonsense

I’m sick of losing valuable curriculum time for the purposes of teaching yet another program or peddling yet another campaign.  Whilst I believe that women should be able to breastfeed whenever and wherever they choose to, I don’t see why that message has to interfere with a literacy or maths lesson:

TEENAGERS may be taught in school that it is OK to breastfeed in public.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association wants future generations of mums and dads to view public breastfeeding as acceptable as seeing breasts on TV, in movies and in advertising.

Melbourne TV presenter Andi Lew is joining the awareness campaign, addressing a group of female students at Lalor Secondary College during an ABA presentation this week.

The ABA said research had shown exposure to breastfeeding at an early age positively influenced attitudes later in life.

“The evidence is accumulating that breastfeeding needs to be promoted in schools,” ABA spokeswoman Karen Ingram said yesterday.

“Despite every national and international health authority recommending exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life, the latest research suggests that the mums and dads of the future don’t fully grasp the importance of breastfeeding.

Please stop taking the workload of teachers for granted by making them continually stop what they are doing in the name of yet another campaign?  Our primary job is to teach literacy, numeracy and science, please let us leave the breastfeeding advice to parents and doctors?

“They are unlikely to breastfeed in public because they feel it’s embarrassing.

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3 Responses to “Cramming the Curriculum With Nonsense”

  1. Margaret Reyes Dempsey Says:

    It’s odd (and sad) to me that something so natural has become so artificial that we have to create a special campaign to promote it. While I am a believer in the benefits of breast feeding, I think there are probably more important things for kids that age to be learning–namely, their own health and good nutrition. What’s the point of teaching them how to nourish a baby if they don’t know how to nourish themselves?

  2. John Tapscott Says:

    It’s a sad fact of life that many young girls become mothers before they have finished being children. If they knew the truth about the birds and the bees they would know that birds (most of them) are prepared for the responsibility of motherhood i.e. they build a nest. In Birdland, in most instances, both parents take on the responsibility of nest building and feeding the young. As the young grow and develop the parents watch over them and the young bird learns to look after itself from the behaviour of the parents. A pair of magpies build a nest behind our house every year and we delight in watching the next generation grow up. Now the cuckoo, the channel-billed cuckoo will lay their eggs in magpies’ or crows’ nests. The young cuckoo destroys the young of the host birds who continue to feed the young cuckoo. But at this time of the year we observe the parent cuckoos returning to claim their offspring and they all fly of together making an incredible racket.
    Of course human beings are different from birds and bees and other creatures and what does this have to do with the curriculum?
    I agree that it is overstuffed with nonsense. I affirm that if you follow the syllabus strictly you will bore your bright students to death and leave the slower students behind.
    I believe the whole idea of curriculum needs to be reformatted so that the well trained teacher is able to begin work by observing and assessing his/her students to determine what levels they have attained. I have had the dubious honour of working in a high school where most of the first year students had literacy and numeracy standards at approximately grade 2. The executive of the school rigorously enforced the curriculum, with which most students had difficulty engaging. They then spent a great amount of their time dealing with resultant behaviour and attendance problems. We don’t need a national curriculum any more than we need any other form of totalitarianism. We do need well trained teachers AND executives and teachers need to be able to tailor the curriculum to fit the needs of the students. Maybe then we might have real education instead of an academic race where more than half the students have no chance of winning.
    The definition of madness is doing the same things and expecting different results. Our education system is run by people who would be better served being admitted to an asylum.

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