In the long term, schools need to be fundamentally restructured to align with the needs of the communities they serve. The humanistic and economic arguments that inform the way we think about learning are fundamentally misaligned with the social realities many students are faced with.
Lin’s fourth novel (and first for eight years) addresses health – physical, mental, the protagonist’s, his parents’ – in a historical moment where we must urgently rethink how we prioritise it, and in a cultural moment where our music, films, and books are motivated by a responsibility to talk about it with the volume turned up.
Far from covering issues such as Aboriginal deaths in custody, disproportionate sentencing and police powers, Australian law schools acclimatise students to accept law’s authority without question. Students learn to apply the law to facts, without questioning the law or the facts.
I swing the axe onto the antique dining table, cracking it in two. One of the legs has been wobbling for a while now, so I pull it. Cursing, I check my finger. A long splinter is wedged just under my skin, the end still protruding. I tug at it gently, but it breaks off, leaving the rest submerged, its slender woody stalk visible despite the shadow of the late afternoon sky.
BMI is an antiquated, inadequate, and potentially racist measure of health. Which is why I was rather surprised last week when I got a text from a friend and fellow parent – who also happens to be a clinical psychologist – asking me if my daughter was okay. She was concerned because apparently our eighth graders had been made to calculate and report on their own BMI in class.