That Kind of Day

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I woke up early today.

I am still thinking about Eddie McGuire’s behaviour and the response of his club, Collingwood, and the Triple M Radio station in Melbourne. The radio station is reported to have said:

Triple M has carefully considered whether further disciplinary action is required and believes that the public censure of the comments and the actions taken by the AFL community should be a sufficient incentive for a change in behaviour.

A statement from Colingwood Football Club said it “accepted Eddie McGuire’s unreserved apology”, and “expressed its complete and ongoing support for his position as president”.

Both positions appear to be classic examples of moral hazard. Principal agents are treated as if they are immune from events. I find it staggering that Collingwood can have ‘complete’ support for Eddie McGuire.

This has happened whilst I am pursuing some research on learning lives. By good fortune, I found Ann Murray’s thesis online. Ann discusses the learning experiences of fourteen mature women “who successfully completed a Higher National Diploma or degree in a Further Education College in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland”. She notes:

The women were all from non-traditional backgrounds in that they had left school with few or no qualifications and had returned to education later in life. They all had other competing demands on their time such as families, partners and employment and they were the first generation of their family to gain a Higher Education qualification.

Her thesis is introduced with a quote from Joyce McCarl Nielsen:

To adopt a woman’s perspective means to see things one did not see before and also to see the familiar rather differently.

As I was searching for Ann in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, I found one tweet about Ann.

Caroline is a headteacher on Shetland. I found her school’s blog site and learned more about her work.

As I was reading the blog, I had a call from my local high school to follow up on conversations about gender with teachers and students. The school would like to continue with conversations about men’s health and explore ways that male teachers in particular might address the socialisation of young men at the school.

It has been that kind of day.

Thinking about metropolitan Melbourne whilst visiting the Highlands and Islands of Scotland on the way back to a rural town in New South Wales … and wanting to see the familiar rather differently.

Photo Credit

Burravoe Primary School

About this picture.

I thought carefully about using the picture. The blog rules for Burravoe have this rule:

4. Always ask the people in a photo before you put it into a blog post

I believe that the appearance of the picture has everyone’s consent for a public domain image.

It is a great picture to share as it embodies for me the hope young people in picture have for their place in the world. I want this hope to be a cultural universal that celebrates gender equity and respect.

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