Soapbox — origins

This article first appeared in the 2008 – Term 3 issue.
It was the first soapbox article to appear in the current style magazine.

Accompanying this article was this text taken from the editorial at the start of the magazine.
(edited to correct spelling and add current email addresses)

A new feature which was requested and which the GTM Team thought was too good a chance to miss was ‘Your Soapbox’ an opportunity to have an anonymous say on something that is really bugging you.
Perhaps you have already over done your gripe in your staffroom and would like to have a say to a larger forum… feel free to send your offering to soapbox@goodteacher.co.nz … we will email back so you know it has arrived safely, but you will remain anonymous to our readers… who will hopefully respond.
So court a little controversy and get those keyboards going.

‘Your Soapbox – Finally, a chance to have your say’ continues to be a regular inclusion in the Good Teacher Magazine, giving anyone that has an opinion on something a (now international) outlet.

Astute readers will also pick up on the fact that this was the last magazine to be produced in a ‘printed’ format.
Tor those of you interested in printing(there might be some!?), this download still contains the printers marks that are required for professional printing processes.

It always amuses me when sports commentators, probably trying to fill in a boring bit, or trying to avoid dead air, attempt to give short biographies of a sports hero. The following example illustrates what I mean. The character depicted bears no resemblance to any real person.

“So there we have Zac O’Rooney coming on as a replacement second five eighth. You may be interested to know that his sister played cricket for the Ilford third eleven and his father watches replays of Brazilian beach volleyball. Zac was educated at Taureau College and is presently two years into a degree of comparative scatology.”

soapboxSpot the blunder?

Seems like none of these superheroes were subjected to any form of education before puberty reared its head. I once heard a hopeful politician at an election rally say the same sort of thing about himself and when he asked for questions, I asked him why he hadn’t gone to primary school? He seemed a bit perplexed.

Of course, we all know that parents, pre-school educators, along with many other agencies also help educate children. We all know that most students leave primary school with a huge amount of knowledge and skills necessary to assimilate the complexities of secondary and tertiary education. Is it
just journalistic laziness that precludes people from finding out more about biographical details? Or perhaps it is a genuine belief that true education doesn’t begin until students are subjected to formal, examinable learning.

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