Author Archives: Anne Powles

About Anne Powles

I am retired from paid employment. During my working life I have been variously and sometimes contemporaneously, wife, mother of four, lawyer, teacher and psychologist. I have also been a serial education junkie. As are we all, I have been an observer of the world around me. Here I have recorded some of my memories, observations and theorisings.

What is Social Justice.?

I went to a funeral the day before yesterday. It was of a person who had died suddenly and much younger than is usual but our friendship, born of being fellow students at one stage in our disparate lives, was … Continue reading

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Mea Culpa

When I say “mea culpa” I only have myself both to blame and forgive. I have no God for a fall back position. I have not believed in a “maker” since I was 11 years old 66 years ago, although … Continue reading

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CONDITIONING and HIGH HEELS

I have a strong antipathy to high heeled shoes. This is well known in my family and much objected to as part of my considerably more minor non acceptance of general “fashion” trends. But now I am also being subjected … Continue reading

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Aussie Values and White Blight

I speak from a position of old age but, so far, I have not lost the clarity of my memories. In the last few weeks I have also had the great privilege of speaking with groups of even older people, … Continue reading

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Basic Skills? Learning to Read?

As an avid and lifelong lover of reading I never thought I would agree with Socrates’ opinion about reading. That was that reading would reduce our brain function. But listening to radio discussions about the “new” curriculum it is clear … Continue reading

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Philip Drew’s very interesting article in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning about the Opera House and Utzon’s role reminded me of a long ago morning with my long deceased father. I love the Opera House. I enjoyed watching with … Continue reading

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A RAGING RIPPLE

I was a feminist prior to the so called “First Wave”, so I accept that I have only been a mere ripple. But my compatriot ripples and I feel we made some contribution. For example we fought hard for the … Continue reading

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