The following letter was submitted for possible publication in The Australian of Monday 13 July but, alas, it did not make it into print.
Western civilisation and peace
Kevin Donnelly writes, in part, that western civilisation offers a foundation that ensures peace ("Academic centres turn on the West", July 11-12).
Given that we are part way through a four-year, centenary commemoration of the First World War, I can only assume that Donnelly's choice of the verb "ensures" was sloppy or his understanding of European history is selective in the extreme.
The main part of that conflict was between countries at the heart of western civilisation that all maintained that the same Christian god was on their side.
Western civilisation has given the world much that is good. But rather than extravagantly claiming that it ensures peace, it would be more accurate to say that, across the span of history, war has been a continuing and prominent feature of that civilisation.
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State Conference 2019
State Conference will be held on 17th August 2019 at Lourdes Hill College,Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne. Bronwyn Lea, UQ will present a keynote address on the value of poetry in the new curriculum landscape. Second keynote to be confirmed. As usual there will be a huge range of practical and inspirational workshops for you to ...
This is the first time I have been to an ETAQ conference and it was really sensational to get so much at all of the sessions.
ETAQ conferences always have sessions that make me excited to be a teacher.
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