The Education Minister, Sarah Mitchell, says “students perform better at school when their parents are engaged in their education” (“Unlocking a door to better education: parents”, February 27). The sensible cash could be on research exhibiting that this implies issues like serving to with research at residence and supporting the varsity – not having the ability to go over the varsity’s head to bureaucrats.
Many dad and mom already know what their kids are studying as a result of their faculties use platforms reminiscent of Seesaw and Class Dojo. This “initiative” may turn out to be a whingers’ hotline, which is able to in all probability have the alternative impact on kids’s training.
Andrew Vivian, Sawtell
Gareth Evans might be considered one of our best-known internationalists (“Are we a good global citizen?”, February 27). His column supplies sufficient data to the present authorities to take our worldwide obligations severely. Our merciless method to lowering worldwide help for the reason that Coalition got here to energy, notably in our space, is short-sighted. Australia is an enormous continent with a sparing inhabitants that we can’t defend ourselves until different international locations assist us.
We used to have a superb overseas affairs division. Now even that’s being decimated and diplomats can’t set up efficient relationships with different international locations. This has led to an advert hoc method. If China involves the Pacific Islands, we rush there to assist these international locations to beat China.
Those Pacific international locations have turn out to be smarter and are utilizing China to their benefit. Why not when the Australian authorities uncared for them and took them without any consideration? We have misplaced a long-term imaginative and prescient that’s solely costing Australia’s worldwide repute.
Mukul Desai, Hunters Hill
Respected Gareth Evans offers us hardly a cross mark on world citizenship, the worldwide document of “do unto others as you would wish them to do to you”. And but, the surveys point out that it isn’t the residents, however the politicians who usually are not doing what we wish them to do in so many areas. Surely in these perilous occasions, we are able to do higher.
Gary Barnes, Mosman
Stop watching climate
The extreme impacts of warmth on human physiology are surprising (“The dangers of heat to the human body”, February 27). Australia has already warmed 1.4 levels as a result of unchecked local weather change. Although deeply saddening, evidently we are able to anticipate ever-increasing temperatures and a silent epidemic of victims of warmth stress. In addition, warmth impacts many issues we love from summer time sports activities to our distinctive and susceptible wildlife.
Particularly in our beloved sunburnt nation, local weather change is a climate intensifier. In mild of the latest IPCC report, all ranges of presidency should urgently adapt to and fight the overwhelming risk of worldwide heating. There aren’t any legitimate excuses for inaction.
Amy Hiller, Kew (Vic)