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Helen Hughes and Mark Hughes From: The AustralianMarch 09, 2011
MY School confirms that funding is not the cause of indigenous educational failure.
Take two schools in very remote Australia, 20km apart: in 2009, the indigenous school received recurrent funding of almost $33,000 a student, while the mainstream school received about $21,000 for each student.
Despite the 50 per cent additional funding, the indigenous school’s Year 5 National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy reading result (typical of all of its results) was a failure rate of 92 per cent. The nearby non-indigenous school had a failure rate of 12 per cent.
These rates are representative of the higher funding but dramatically lower literacy and numeracy performance of indigenous schools.
School size is also not the reason for educational failure. Many small non-indigenous schools perform well and some of the worst performing indigenous schools have large enrolments. For example a…
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I believe that learning to live in the present moment is the secret to mental health. We can spend a lot of our time – looking back and regretting or wishing and looking ahead waiting for things to change – usually for the better. When we do this, we miss now! We can be among family or friends and not really be present to them, mentally and/or emotionally. We might as well not be with them at all if our mind is somewhere else.
LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT – if you’re peeling potatoes then concentrate on doing that. Whatever you’re doing, concentrate on that one thing. Stop looking back regretting and looking ahead hoping things will get better.
Adapted from Why Is God Laughing? by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).
This first principle serves as an antidote to fear and sorrow by encouraging you to experience life as joyous. As we begin on the path, joy may come and go in small glimmerings. Yet in the end, laughter will dispel suffering like so much smoke and dust. Suffering is one of illusion’s most convincing aspects, but it is still unreal.
A golden rule applies here: What is true in the material world is false in God’s world, and vice versa. In this case, the material world seems to be dominated by crisis and suffering, and therefore the sanest way to approach life is with worry, anxiety, and defensiveness. But once your consciousness shifts, you realize that life itself couldn’t exist without an underlying creativity, and that this continuous act…
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