Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Anti-Bush lampoon gets Eisteddfod go-ahead

The New South Wales Education Department says a Sydney school's Rock Eisteddfod piece which criticises US President George W Bush is entirely appropriate and should not be cancelled.

The performance of Davidson High School's piece "Bad Knight Two" will now coincide with Mr Bush's visit to Australia for the APEC summit, because he is arriving earlier than expected.

Deputy director-general of schools Trevor Fletcher says the war in Iraq is something that concerns young people, just like drug use and drink-driving, which are topics covered by other schools.

He says the timing of the event was set a long time ago, and has nothing to do with the President's visit.

What a refreshing piece. Look at what one of the students said.

She says her teacher always tells them they don't have to share his opinion on the war.

"We're all mature enough to take our own views on what we believe and what he believes isn't necessarily what I believe," she said.


At 10:34 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Imagine that. Letting kids think for themselves. Huh.

At 10:37 PM, Blogger watertiger said...

And this is why I weep whenever I return from Australia.


At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, in America the principal would have shut it down in a second. Parents would have sued and it would have gone to the Supreme Court where a 5-4 vote would have upheld the shutdown. Good on you Australia!

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