‘Elite’ schools and the media

‘Elite’ schools and the media

By John Carr Queensland’s Courier Mail seems to assume that all non-state schools are ‘elite schools’. Whether the news being reported is favourable, criminal or merely embarrassing, the CM story will use the term ‘elite private school’. The CM inferior alternative is...
A fairytale?

A fairytale?

A dystopian (realist?) tale by Denver Kanowski The King was troubled. The peasants in his Kingdom were unhappy with the distribution of wealth and suppression of rights necessitated by the lifestyle that he and his friends desired. They were beginning to speak out and...
Faith and reason

Faith and reason

By John Carr. The traditional Irish tune ‘Slane’ is a very popular hymn setting and there are four hymns in Australia’s Together in Song that use it. Singing one of these recently, “Lord of Creation” (TIS 626; words by Jack Copley Winslow, 1882-1974), I was really...
Speaking freely

Speaking freely

SOFiA values the honest (and clearly-expressed) exploration of ideas and views that challenge or reflect on the status quo in the fields of reason, philosophy, ethics, religion, science and the arts. We share a common interest in discovering, as individuals, what we...
Private school values

Private school values

Shore School, an elite Anglican boys-only school in Sydney, has hit the news for very wrong reasons recently. The Year 12 tradition of ‘muck-up day’ has taken a dark turn at Shore this year, with a document surfacing that lays out challenges for the Year 12s,...