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It's not just your teachers that should be appalled.

Not so much appalled as alarmed. The future of Australia's youth is so bright, I gotta wear a welding mask.

My 5-year-old started school yesterday. It was my first brush with modern education. The school handbook makes much of 'Behaviour Management'. If my boy is naughty he will receive three warnings. Then he will be yellow-carded. Then he will be red-carded. He may also lose demerit points. He may also be required to pick up rubbish. If all that fails to manage his behaviour, the Northern Territory Department of Justice may be called in to sort him out. My God!Where's the humanity? I should bloody well change his name to David Hicks!

On the upside, if I forget to send his lunch with him an emergency sandwich is available from the front office.

We have a form full of boxes to tick:

Timekeeping
Homework
Assignments
Exams
Behaviour
Other

If they forget their lunch, they go hungry. It's good for them to go at least half a day without McDonalds, Subway or pizza.

OT but thought, since you love your Nelsons & Wellingtons so much, not to mention duty and solidarity sir, I'd share that I watched Sergei Bondarchuk's Waterloo last night.

It was great to watch the English have their arse kicked around the battlefield and dissapointing that the Prussians destroyed another English opportunity for glorious defeat. Damn those Germans, always on the wrong side of history.

Best lines of the movie:

Lord Uxbridge: By God, Sir. I've lost my leg.
Duke of Wellington: By God, Sir. So you have.


To paraphrase, well, someone: "He who kicks arse last, kicks arse longest."

Surely it's time schools had more appropriate Latin mottos, e.g. Canis meus id comedit.

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