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There are still approximately 50 children living in tents on Nauru

Teachers are mandated to report abuse and neglect of children. There are still approximately 50 children living in mouldy plastic tents in extreme temperatures without airconditioning, in the inhumane camp on Nauru. The children are suffering physically and mentally after three years of this torture. I am a teacher and I have spent time in these tents with the children on Nauru. I can state that it feels worse than being locked in a stationary hot car in the middle of the desert! The air feels stale and its hard to breathe. If a child or an animal was left in a hot car in Australia it would be front page news! There are another 200+ children living in better conditions on Nauru, but without hope (after being tortured for 2 – 3 years in the camp). This comment is only the tip of the iceberg and there are many other enormous problems. I applaud the champion teachers who would be fined and jailed if they didn’t report the same in Australian schools.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/teachers-should-be-an-example-and-that-means-speaking-their-minds-on-refugees-20161211-gt8wjx.html

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Carol Drayson
Carol Drayson Disagree. Teachers are there to teach the curriculum, and not push their own values onto students.

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 · 12 December 2016 at 15:46

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Bec Brown
Bec Brown Aren’t teachers required to teach Australian values to our children? The basics of our political system, which includes the right to representation and protest? The fundamental principles of democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizens and politicians? Knowledge of the law and our social support systems and emergency services?
Last time I checked, child torture and suppression of information about child torture is a crime. If my child’s teacher is opposed to that behaviour by our government then I would say that is being an outstanding example for my child and teaching through active engagement with real life situations. If you think its not ok for children to hear what our government does, how much more unacceptable is it for children under our legal protection and duty of care to endure it?

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 · 12 December 2016 at 15:57

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Luna Quattrocchi
Luna Quattrocchi Teachers have to put the wellbeing of children first above all else!!! It is their duty. I understand that teaching about this injustice in schools outside of the camps is controversial but it is relevant and current education and it is also teaching cSee more

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 · 12 December 2016 at 16:00

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Amanda Bianca Castle
Amanda Bianca Castle Teachers are mandatory reporters. By law they are required to report the abuse going on there.

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 · 12 December 2016 at 16:02

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Mhairi Coyle
Mhairi Coyle Carol I find your comment shockingly inhumane and lacking an awareness of fundamental human rights or morality.

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 · 12 December 2016 at 16:04

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Lynda Parsons
Lynda Parsons Omg carol ,, i really do hope that you are not a teacher!!

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 · 12 December 2016 at 16:27

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Larry Forbes
Larry Forbes Carol Drayson how can you write this stuff, and live with yourself? Are you a real person, or are you paid to write this cruel nonsense?

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 · 12 December 2016 at 16:34

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David Owens
David Owens I could find a number of areas in the curriculum to cover discussions about refugees depending on the Stage of the children. But to answer your direct and horrible question..teachers aren’t just required to teach the curriculum…we’re required to toilSee more

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Trish Campbell
Trish Campbell Really?? Values like kindness, love, dedication, caring, friendship, compassion, trust, fun and a loving heart that’s what I TEACH and that’s what all kids need to learn and grow…curriculum is secondary to a safe, free and caring environment and the teachers on Nauru have offered this in spite of in humane conditions and they are amazing for what they do….stuff your curriculum!!!

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 · 12 December 2016 at 16:54

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Sally Mack
Sally Mack OK Carol, sorry to disappoint you. but Human Rights and Refugees ARE included in the Australian Curriculum, so these Teachers are doing their jobs very well. I wish you Peace and God’s richest blessings this Christ(-who-was-a-refugee) Masshttp://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Search?q=human+rightshttp://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/…/curric…/f-10…

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Ali Ali Alington
Ali Ali Alington Hahahahaha carol.

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 · 12 December 2016 at 18:07

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Carol Drayson
Carol Drayson I stand by what I said.

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Kathy Cochran
Kathy Cochran Carol Drayson Good, but stand in the naughty corner.

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 · 12 December 2016 at 19:20

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Carol Drayson
Carol Drayson Kathy Cochran no thanks. My opinion is a valid part of the mix, but obviously it can’t be heard by most on this post.

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 · 12 December 2016 at 19:21

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Rosheen Black
Rosheen Black Madatory reporting is not ‘pushing values’. It’s doing our job as we were trained to.

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 · 12 December 2016 at 19:43

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Lisa Maree Sully
Lisa Maree Sully Carol Drayson we all teach within frameworks with explicit values. They are not just our values, they are the values of the schools we teach in.

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Free the Children NAURU
Free the Children NAURU Carol Drayson your opinion is valid and absolutely right. If only we lived in a world where teachers only taught and didn’t have to worry about protecting children. There are breakfast clubs for children who don’t get fed, there are child care classes for youth mothers, teachers wait with children who don’t get collected at the end of a school day, uniform clubs for children who can’t afford clothes, school camps, homework clubs etc etc.
Imagine a world where there was no white, red, pink ribbon days, no daffodil days, no biggest morning tea days, no anti bullying workshops, no ANZAC Day because there were no wars.
Imagine a world where children didn’t need protection from adults. Mandatory reporting is law. Teachers cannot ignore abuse and neglect by law. They can be fined if they don’t report and no perpetrator should be protected – even if they are the same people who impose the mandatory reporting law – our Government.
In saying all of that, we don’t need to justify protecting children with the law, it’s just the right thing to do.

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Chris Bates
Chris Bates I beg to differ. Do you want your children taught by teachers who have no empathy for other human beings? That is a very dangerous path. Teachers have a duty of care to their students, not just to educate them re. the curriculum.

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Pam Pemberton
Pam Pemberton Carol Drayson, clearly you are not a teacher. I wonder whether you are even a humane being (deliberate spelling BTW). How you can believe that modelling humane values is not an essential part of a teacher’s work? I wonder whether you even have childrenSee more

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Janet Yelland
Janet Yelland As a mother of 5, I would be ashamed if they WEREN’T taught about the atrocities committed against those less fortunate than them. Children absolutely need to know what this Government thinks is a fair way to treat asylum seekers. Education is the key See more

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 · 12 December 2016 at 22:26

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Lynda Parsons
Lynda Parsons Carol you clearly need to ecucate yourself. ANd i see you support pauline hanson……say no more!!!

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Carol Drayson
Carol Drayson Free the Children NAURU thankyou, I understand what you’re saying and appreciate your response. I’m supportive of teachers teaching the facts of any subject, and I also know that teachers go above and beyond to care for children in need – none of thatSee more

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Marg Keable
Marg Keable Teachers are just as entitled to have an opinion as anyone else.

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 · 13 December 2016 at 06:13

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Carol Drayson
Carol Drayson Lynda Parsons I do not support Pauline Hanson in the way you suggest in your post, and I do educate myself, it’s just a pity that there is an immediate polarised response to anyone’s comment which doesn’t apparently support your view. No understanding of another’s view on your part?

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Carol Drayson
Carol Drayson Marg Keable and so are non teachers.

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Pam Pemberton
Pam Pemberton Tesching children how to think is what we do… Time to catch up with the 21st Century, Carol. Your individual personal experience doesn’t make you an expert on school education. Perhsps it’s time for you to learn how to think for yourself rather than letting bigots like Hanson and Roberts do it for you.

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Carol Drayson
Carol Drayson Pam Pemberton if you would all just look at the picture in this post – the one which all these comments are based on – perhaps that would explain what I mean. I do not want my children being taught politics like this in school. There is a wide range of views on the matter of immigration, including compassion for genuine refugees.

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Alex Livingston
Alex Livingston But pushing *your* values onto teachers (as you’re doing here)?

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Tatiana Rhodes
Tatiana Rhodes This report was about teachers reporting abuse

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Rob Burns Snr
Rob Burns Snr Teachers must (by law) report abuse. Imprisoning children indefinitely is abuse.

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 · 12 December 2016 at 15:50

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Gisela Stieglitz
Gisela Stieglitz Weren’t we promised last year that no children will be in detention by Christmas?

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 · 12 December 2016 at 17:13

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Ruta Minde
Ruta Minde I think the idiot who said this didn’t actually say which Christmas. No doubt were this idiot questioned, given the current lies and blackflips by the LNP, she/he would claim she/he was “misunderstood” or “misquoted” or hey would just say “I didn’t say that”.

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Shirley Sargeant
Shirley Sargeant And the year before, actually!

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Katy Albany
Katy Albany Heartbreaking. No humans should be locked up for seeking safety. But children… how will they ever pick up their lives? Australia’s shame.

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 · 12 December 2016 at 18:00

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Warwick Hunter
Warwick Hunter Lots of land here, for all good & children, so why

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 · 12 December 2016 at 23:45

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Philip Young
Philip Young Rubbish. One person’s morality is another person’s ideology. Keep politics out of school.

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 · 13 December 2016 at 03:53

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Marg Keable
Marg Keable There is politics in every workplace. Protesting out of school is a democratoc right. Far better kids know what their teacher’s view is rather than hide it. Knowing bias allows you to take that into account. The statement you made is political.

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Philip Young
Philip Young Marg Keable my statement is indeed political. I am exercising my democratic right of political communication (implied in the constitution) but I’m not making it in a school context. In fact, as a teacher, I’m strictly neutral in school. It is not just See more

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Lynda Crossley
Lynda Crossley Teachers have a legal obligation to speak out and mandatory reporting means it needs to be done. Asking teachers to not report is just abhorrent.

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Philip Young
Philip Young Lynda Crossley mandatory reporting is for school-related issues. A teacher’s duty of care also extends to their students in some external circumstances as well. It most definitely does not extend to people wth whom you have no direct connection, peopleSee more

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Alex Livingston
Alex Livingston You’re politicking. About schools.

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Alex Livingston
Alex Livingston And moralising. And ideologising.

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Tatiana Rhodes
Tatiana Rhodes The article was about reporting abuse….so get off your high horse Philip Young

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Tatiana Rhodes
Tatiana Rhodes Philip Young your obligation as a teacher to report abuse is about abuse which takes place beyond the school grounds ……where did you receive your Mandatory reporting training if you didn’t realise that. If you see a traumatised student in your classroom it is your obligation to report it

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Cecilia Maloney
Cecilia Maloney teachers, like everyone else in the community, should speak up for tolerance and justice.

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 · 13 December 2016 at 13:03

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Trudie Stables
Trudie Stables Downright cruelty. Poor children have done nothing wrong. They are being maltreated and neglected by OUR GOVERNMENT. bloody shameful. I don’t know how they sleep at night these pollys.

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Bronwyn Fraser
Bronwyn Fraser I’m a former teacher now working in international development for human rights. I’m with you #TeachersForRefugees. Teach kids to move past the political and media spin condemning asylum seekers, to look at the UN declaration of human rights, internatioSee more

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 · 13 December 2016 at 18:14

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Richard Lee
Richard Lee Thank you teachers .. for showing that not all Australians are Vogons like Turnbull, ScoMo, Dutton & Co.

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Casper Pieters
Casper Pieters We are worse than the americans, for at least they only keep adults at Guantanamo Bay!

 

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