Racist scuffle on Anti-OBE Teachers’ forum

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 

A Western Australian teachers’ website has come under fire by the Education and Training minister for publishing racist comments. Education and Training Minister, Ljiljanna Ravlich, today expressed concern about racist, abusive and offensive comments appearing on the anti-outcomes based education website PLATO.

Minister Ravlich said she was disgusted by some of the highly offensive comments made by members belonging to the group, People Lobbying Against Teaching Outcomes.

‘Some of the comments are obscene and, quite frankly, I worry that these people might be teaching our children,’ she said.

PLATO has since confirmed a teacher who is employed in the non-government education sector in Western Australia made the abusive comments.

The PLATO website was established to express dissent about the controversial Outcome Based Education system after Minister Ravlich insisted it continue to be used despite claims it was ineffective.

Last month the ongoing controversy even prompted a response from Prime Minister Howard who criticized the OBE method of teaching school children used in WA, describing it as ‘gobbledegook’ and that it could be ‘dumbing down’ the high school English syllabus.

One member from the school teachers’ forum named, ‘Fed up teacher,’ launched a vicious and racist verbal attack on a member who posted a comment supporting the OBE system.

When the member objected to being labelled a ‘nazi’ and the use of the term because her parents had suffered under the nazi regime, her response drew a further personal attack.

The posting by Fed up teacher said, ‘the nazis had the right idea, it is a pity they didn’t get to your parents before you were conceived, you really are a pathetic piece of trash that somehow escaped the final solution.’

Minister Ravlich condemned the attacks as disgusting and said it was just one of many offensive postings appearing on the website.

‘The website is littered with insults, foul language and abusive and racist comments,’ said Ms Ravlich.

The minister said PLATO has only about sixty members and as such was not broadly representative of the ‘thousands of dedicated and professional teachers in Western Australian schools.

Racist scuffle on Anti-OBE Teachers’ forum

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 

A Western Australian teachers’ website has come under fire by the Education and Training minister for publishing racist comments. Education and Training Minister, Ljiljanna Ravlich, today expressed concern about racist, abusive and offensive comments appearing on the anti-outcomes based education website PLATO.

Minister Ravlich said she was disgusted by some of the highly offensive comments made by members belonging to the group, People Lobbying Against Teaching Outcomes.

‘Some of the comments are obscene and, quite frankly, I worry that these people might be teaching our children,’ she said.

PLATO has since confirmed a teacher who is employed in the non-government education sector in Western Australia made the abusive comments.

The PLATO website was established to express dissent about the controversial Outcome Based Education system after Minister Ravlich insisted it continue to be used despite claims it was ineffective.

Last month the ongoing controversy even prompted a response from Prime Minister Howard who criticized the OBE method of teaching school children used in WA, describing it as ‘gobbledegook’ and that it could be ‘dumbing down’ the high school English syllabus.

One member from the school teachers’ forum named, ‘Fed up teacher,’ launched a vicious and racist verbal attack on a member who posted a comment supporting the OBE system.

When the member objected to being labelled a ‘nazi’ and the use of the term because her parents had suffered under the nazi regime, her response drew a further personal attack.

The posting by Fed up teacher said, ‘the nazis had the right idea, it is a pity they didn’t get to your parents before you were conceived, you really are a pathetic piece of trash that somehow escaped the final solution.’

Minister Ravlich condemned the attacks as disgusting and said it was just one of many offensive postings appearing on the website.

‘The website is littered with insults, foul language and abusive and racist comments,’ said Ms Ravlich.

The minister said PLATO has only about sixty members and as such was not broadly representative of the ‘thousands of dedicated and professional teachers in Western Australian schools.

Online Law Schools Making A Mark In The Field Of Law Education

Online Law Schools Making a Mark in the Field of Law Education

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Nick Stone

Even in the field of Law, online education is spreading its wings all over the world. The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) is the authoritative body in the United States that provides recognition to online Law Schools that seek accreditation. It is mandatory that every online law school receives accreditation from the DETC.

Formalities to Receive Accreditation for Law Schools

Its entirely up to the Law Schools to seek accreditation from the DETC. If the college wishes to seek recognition, they have to fulfil certain written standards set by the accrediting agency. The requirements set by the accrediting agency are reviewed by the school authorities and measures are taken to implement changes either in the curriculum or the organizational structure of the school.

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Once the School of Law has acted in accordance with the rules set by the accrediting agency, the school head invites the committee of the accrediting agency to inspect the school. The committee will check the curricula and observe the teaching methods followed, training facilities and the general administration of the institution. If the committee is satisfied, a temporary accreditation is given which requires renewal every 5 to sometimes 10 years. The standards set by the committee are likely to change often. Hence a Law School has to keep upgrading its facilities so that it may not lose its accreditation.

Admissions to a Law Program

Admissions to the schools of law vary from school to school and each of them follows its own Law Program. Most of the schools do not expect candidates to sit for the Law School Admission Test. Instead, they conduct exhaustive interviews before admitting the candidates to their school.

The American Bar Association does not give accreditation to a full J.D Law Program. Therefore, graduates of this course can sit only for the California Bar Exam. This is because California is the lone State where online schools can register officially. In spite of these hurdles, online Law courses are growing and in great demand.

Selecting the Right Online Law School

A prospective student wishing to pursue studies in an online School of Law should be careful to research well the college he has selected to join. An unaccredited online school will not help him and is risky to join such a college.

Some online law colleges do not consider your scores of LSAT or GRE. This is not a good criterion for selection.

Its important to look at the tuition fees charged by the Law Schools. Dont ever go by those that charge an unreasonable amount.

Find out the qualifications of the faculty members. If you wish to practise criminal law, the faculty should consist of staff with specialization in this field.

Finally, check if the employment rate and the number of Law graduates who have passed out from the college of your choice, have been good.

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Australia questions involvement in War in Afghanistan after death of two soldiers

Friday, June 3, 2011 

On Monday night, two Australian soldiers serving in Afghanistan died in separate incidents. This brings the total death toll to 26 for Australians fighting in the ‘war against terrorism’. These events have sparked renewed debates about the role Australians play in this region. Greens leader Bob Brown has called for the return of all troops by the end of this year.

Lieutenant Marcus Case (27) died in a Chinook helicopter crash at the Tarin Kwot base in the Zabul Province. Any connection to the Taliban in this incident has been ruled out by Australian defence force officials.

Lance-Corporal Andrew Gordon Jones (25) was shot down by a man who has been described as a “rogue Afghan officer”. Defence Chief, Angus Houston, has confirmed that this man is now the subject of an extensive man-hunt.

The Australian media have questioned if the soldiers are making any difference, when Lance-Corporal Jones died at the hands of someone he was supposed to be mentoring. Prime Minster Julia Gillard stated that Australian soldiers still play a vital role in training hundreds of members of the Afghan Fourth Brigade and does not believe their job has been completed yet.

Australia joined the ‘war on terrorism’ as part of the US led Operation Enduring Freedom. The US, Australia, and New Zealand pledged their alliance of mutual defence when the ANZUS treaty was enacted in 1952. When the United States invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, it was the first time it was invoked. Australia currently has around 1,500 defence personnel in Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper.

Wikinews:Audio Wikinews/News Briefs/Show/Style

This guide is considered mandatory reading for everyone who wishes to take part in Audio Wikinews as it sets out the minimum quality guidelines each reader is expected to maintain. Please become familiar with this page and keep it on your watchlist as it is still being updated.

Reading the news is a lot of fun but it is not something everyone can just jump into, so I’ve put together this essay to help acclimate people who want to contribute as a news reader to the AW.

A news reader’s job is to inform the listener. Try to think of yourself as a teacher who is trying to explain the events of a story to your audience and always assume the listener has absolutely no knowledge of any of the facts in a story. It’s up to you to “teach” the audience and guide them through each story. You are not just passing along information the way a government official will broadcast a tornado or storm warning over the emergency broadcast system, rather, your job is to “sell” the story and help the listener understand all the events of that story. In other words, you are a story teller.

Try to think of being a reader as being an actor. An actor must “sell” his or her lines to the audience – if a line is delivered well, the audience will get the full meaning of what they are trying to convey but if a line is delivered flat (known as throwing a line away), then the listener will not be convinced and you will lose your audience.

A good example of this is from the film The Usual Suspects. Near the end of the film, Kevin Spacey has this line :

“How do you shoot the devil in the back? What if you miss?”

Many of you may have seen this film and remember this line. Why do you remember this line? Is it such a well written line that it stands out in the script? Well, yes, it is a very good line but that’s not what makes it work in the film. The line works because of how Kevin Spacey sells the line. When you see him hold up his gimp hand when he says “What if you miss?” and you see the look on his face, you know exactly what he’s talking about.

Now, read that line out loud. Can you match the inflection? Can you hear the cadence and rhythm of the line? It’s sort of like music when you get it right. This is important to keep in mind when reading something like “President X believes that policy 123 will work, however, Prime Minister Y believes it will fail for reason A, B and C.” If you read that flat you will bore people so you need to sell the line, especially the “however” part.

Here’s another example, from another Kevin Spacey film, this time Glengarry Glenn Ross.

“Will you go to lunch? Go to lunch. Will you go to lunch?”

Read it out loud right now. If you’ve never seen the movie, then you may read it pretty flat and it will sound really uninteresting, but when you hear Kevin Spacey deliver that line, you can hear all of his diminishing authority and frustration in his voice. He inflects each word differently each time. No two “go to lunch” lines sound the same, they all sound unique and each has a different cadence than the one before it. This is important to remember when reading lists in the news such as “China, Brazil, Ethiopia, North Korea and Mexico“. If you read each country with the same inflection, it will bore people. You need to sell the line, because a line that boring needs to be sold.

Practice reading the lines above again until you can say it so that each “go to lunch” and each country sounds different. You don’t have to copy Kevin Spacey, just put your own take on it.

I’ve given two Kevin Spacey references here not because you need to be as good of an actor as him, but because he is demonstrating some very fundamental acting and speaking techniques. In short, he is reading his lines in an interesting and engaging way that is fun to listen to.

Next, I want to talk about your voice.

There is a myth that there is such a thing as a “radio voice”. I’ll tell you right now that there is no such thing. There is no one voice that is better than any other voice – a deep baritone is no better than a soprano – an old man who smoked his entire life has no better of a voice than a 22 year old female who spent all college cheer leading. However, what does constitute a good voice is one that is clear, pronounces each word intelligibly and has a good rhythm of speech. In short, they can get their personality across using just their voice.

Let’s listen to some examples. Listening to others is how you will learn. You’ve watched the news, you’ve listened to the radio and you know how a broadcaster is supposed to sound, but you should be aware of what they are doing to achieve that style and so you need to really start listening to the professionals (they are professionals for a reason).

First up, let’s listen to what many people would consider a radio voice – Dan Carlin. He has a podcast called Hardcore History on iTunes. Download it now and listen to it (I recommend any of the Ghosts of the Ostfront episodes, but any episode will do).

Dan has what many people would say your “typical” radio voice. His voice isn’t very deep, but it has a ton of personality. You can almost see him waving his hands around and you can feel the passion in his voice. It should be no surprise then that Dan has been in broadcasting for years and years and years – he’s a professional.

Next, let’s listen to his opposite, Lars Brownworth. His podcast is called 12 Byzantine Rulers: The History of The Byzantine Empire. Download the first episode and listen all the way through.

He does not sound like Dan, does he? Lars reads sort of flat, he doesn’t project much and he isn’t a passionate speaker. But, he’s very good regardless. Why? Because he is highly competent and careful. He may not be a professional broadcaster, but there is just something about the way he speaks that slowly draws you in. Sure, he may be an acquired taste, and the subject matter may not be thrilling, but you feel like you are in the presence of a professional and a very smart person.

Most of us here on AW will be closer to Lars than to Dan, and that’s totally fine.

One last example. Let’s listen to a female speaker, this time from the podcast NPR: Planet Money. Download episode 179 “Toxie’s In A Coma” and listen to Chana Jaffe-Walt when she speaks. She does not have that “radio” voice either, in fact she sounds quite young and bubbly, but she is also very good because she is clear, intelligent and passionate in her style. Like Lars, she speaks more like a regular person than Dan does (she’s halfway between the two, in my opinion) and is also a good broadcaster to listen to for style and rhythm.

Of course, you don’t want to sound like any of the above people, but you do need to sound like you. It’s your personality people want to hear and you have to put yourself into each reading. You have to care about what you are reading about (even if you don’t actually care; it’s acting, after all) because if you don’t care, why should the listener?

If you are comfortable speaking in front of a group of people you do not know, then you are 90% of the way to being a good reader. Having good public speaking abilities is the majority of good broadcasting. Knowing how to cadence your speech, knowing not to stumble over your words or mumble or do anything distracting is a learned skill that works for both broadcasting and public speaking and that’s why they are related to some degree. Confident public speakers just sound good, speakers who are not confident do not usually sound as good.

In closing, it’s important to listen to as many other speakers and broadcasters as possible. Listen to the news and TV announcers and good actors and try to emulate their fundamentals. Like I said, you don’t want to copy someone, you just want to learn what makes a good speaker good. Ask yourself, why does Morgan Freeman have such a great voice? Why is Christopher Walken’s voice so weird, but still quite listenable? How does Jodie Foster convey such thoughtful intelligence in her voice?

While reading something out loud may seem like a simple thing to do, there is a lot of work that goes into it and it takes a lot of practice to do well so I hope this essay helps a little bit.

When you make a mistake, just stop recording and try again. It’s a slow process, especially when you do 10-15 takes of just one sentence, but that’s what it takes to do it right as even professional announcers and broadcasters do this. If you are doing everything in 1 take every time, then not only are you the first person in the history of recording to do so, but you are also doing it wrong. In other words, expect to do multiple takes of each paragraph. You are not just reading the news, you are a presenter and entertainer as well – so make it sound good.

A very common recording (and speaking) mistake is to not follow punctuation correctly. In the following sentence :

there should be a pause (and a tonal shift) between “thirteen-year-old Zenani Mandela”, “who celebrated her birthday on June 9″ and “died in a single vehicle accident and that no one else was injured.” because there are commas there. Reading it straight through does not sound correct, so please follow punctuation – remember, you want to make the story interesting for the listener because flat, dry readings are not interesting.

A finished recording should sound something like this:

Often, if you have not pre-read what you are going to record, then you will inevitably go off track and make a mistake. Punctuation can be tricky, especially when reading news copy because there is a lot of information condensed down into short bursts so you really have to prepare by doing a trial run out loud and in your normal speaking voice before recording. In other words, know what you are going to say before you say it.

A note about pronunciation. Some names are just impossible to pronounce so do the best you can. Often you can google “pronounce name” and it will give you an audio file that you can listen to, but that isn’t always reliable. So, when in doubt, pick a pronunciation that seems as close as possible to what the name looks like and stick with it. Use the same pronunciation each time you have to say it. Also, say it like you mean it, even if you think it’s wrong. It’s not the end of the world. I often write my scripts to include as little hard to pronounce names as possible – for example, when a volcano in Iceland erupts, your chances of pronouncing anything in Icelandic (unless you are a native) are slim to none, so just say something like “A volcano in southern Iceland”.

There are some decent resources available to assist you pronouncing those hard to say names, places and things. There is, of course, no one stop shop so you will probably wind up using all of these at one time or another.

This guide will help you warm up your voice and mouth just as an athlete stretches and warms up before an event. You should really do these everyday.

NOTE : Keep a glass of water handy when you are speaking to keep from getting thirsty. Also, stay away from dairy products before speaking as it will make you sound like you have phlegm in your throat (gross).

Betty bought a bit of butter, but she found the butter bitter, so Betty bought a bit of better butter to make the bitter butter better.

Bill had a billboard. Bill also had a board bill. The board bill bored Bill, So Bill sold his billboard And paid his board bill. Then the board bill No longer bored Bill, But though he had no board bill, Neither did he have his billboard!

Did Doug dig Dick’s garden or did Dick dig Doug’s garden?

Do drop in at the Dewdrop Inn

Four furious friends fought for the phone

Five flippant Frenchmen fly from France for fashions

How was Harry hastened so hurriedly from the hunt?

James just jostled Jean gently.

Jack the jailbird jacked a jeep.

Kiss her quick, kiss her quicker, kiss her quickest.

My cutlery cuts keenly and cleanly.

Literally literary.

Larry sent the latter a letter later.

Lucy lingered, looking longingly for her lost lap-dog.

You know New York, You need New York, You know you need unique New York.

Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. If Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where’s the peck of pickled peppers that Peter Piper picked?

Pearls, please, pretty Penelope, Pretty Penelope, pretty Penelope, Pearls, please, pretty Penelope, Pretty Penelope Pring.

Quick kiss. Quicker kiss. Quickest kiss.

Quickly, quickly, quickly, quickly, quickly…

Round the rugged rocks the ragged rascal ran.

Reading and writing are richly rewarding.

Six thick thistle sticks

Theophilus Thistler, the thistle sifter, in sifting a sieve of unsifted thistles, thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb.

The shrewd shrew sold Sarah seven sliver fish slices.

Sister Susie sat on the sea shore sewing shirts for sailors

Moses supposes his toses are roses, But Moses supposes erroneously, For nobody’s toeses are posies of roses As Moses supposes his toses to be.

(Pronounce the word ‘toses’ to rhyme with ‘Moses’.)

Ten tame tadpoles tucked tightly in a thin tall tin.

Two toads, totally tired, trying to trot to Tewkesbury.

Vincent vowed vengeance very vehemently.

Vera valued the valley violets.

Red leather, yellow leather…

Red lorry, yellow lorry…

‘I am the very pattern of a modern Major-General; I’ve information vegetable, animal, and mineral; I know the Kings of England, and I quote the fights historical, From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical; I’m very well acquainted too with matters mathematical, I understand equations, both simple and quadratical, About binomial theorem I’m teeming with a lot o’ news, With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse. I’m very good at integral and differential calculus, I know the scientific names of beings animalculous, In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, I am the very model of a modern Major-General.’

High roller, low roller, lower roller.

I need a box of biscuits, a box of mixed biscuits, and a biscuit mixer.

He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.

Friday’s Five Fresh Fish Specials.

Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.

The Leith police dismisseth us.

Twixt this and six thick thistle sticks.

She sells seashells by the seashore, and the shells she sells are seashells.

The sixth Sikh Sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.

Three free thugs set three thugs free.

Charles deftly switched straight flange strips.

Gwen glowered and grimaced at Glen’s gleaming greens.

Fancy! That fascinating character Harry McCann married Anne Hammond.

Lot lost his hot chocolate at the loft.

Snoring Norris was marring the aria.

Eleven benevolent elephants.

European Union.

Girl gargoyle, guy gargoyle.

She stood on the balcony inexplicably mimicking him hiccupping and amicably welcoming him in.

Six sick slick slim sycamore saplings.

(repeat each one as fast as you can)

You know you need unique New York.

Toy boat.

Lemon liniment.

Three free throws.

Blue black bugs blood.

Red lorry, yellow lorry.

Giggle gaggle gurgle.

This section will deal with writing the AW:NB script and will focus on elemnts such as structure (lead story, second story), presentation (maintaining interest by using a late reveal) and article editing (for word flow and content).

Coming soon.

Wells Fargo and Barclay’s rumoured to be in merger talks

Monday, January 10, 2005 

Sunday Express, a tabloid newspaper from the UK reported an anonymous source claiming to be an insider to merger talks between Wells Fargo Bank and Barclays Bank.

The rumoured merger would be a radical break in the kinds of mergers Wells Fargo has done and has said it will continue to do (it is assumed that Wells with the higher market capitalization would be the buyer).

Wells Fargo has previously shown no desire to engage in retail banking outside the United States, and has only expanded internationally in its Consumer Finance business and with certain business services.

Wells Fargo currently has a market value of 100 billion, while Barclays is worth 70 billion. The wire services such as Reuters immediately wrote articles about the rumour. Barclays refused to comment on market speculation (it is standard for all corporations to consistently refuse to comment on all merger speculation).

No reporters have so far been able to reach Wells Fargo for comment. It is claimed that talks have been ongoing since October, although they are said to have stalled and then resumed.

There is however the possibility that Wells Fargo and Barclays could be contemplating a business line sale, instead of a full on merger. One possibility is Barclays selling its “Barclays Global Investor” division back to Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo (under old management prior to the 1998 merger of Wells Fargo and Norwest Bank) previously sold its Asset Management (mutual fund) business to Barclays in 1995. Renamed Barclays Global Investors, this business remains headquartered in San Francisco, and still has some connections to Wells Fargo’s new mutual fund business.

Wells Fargo has a long term goal of deriving around 25% of its revenue from investments and insurance; currently it derives around 15 percent of its revenue from this. The purchase of Barclays Global Investor would significantly move Wells Fargo toward achieving this goal.

Another possibility is Barclays buying the private label (or store branded) credit cards of Wells Fargo Financial. In November, Barclays acquired Juniper, a fast growing player in the US private label credit card business.

Agriculture Essay &Amp; Argumentative Essay About Technology

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Remember that you have to present both the positive and negative sides of the problem.

Instead of saying I believe technology has changed the modern life of people significantly it\’s better to state your thesis as, Technology has changed the modern life of people considerably .

In the body paragraphs of your argumentative essay about technology use as many arguments as you need. If you lack of your own arguments, look through the Internet websites there will be a lot of material on the subject. One more significant thing to keep in mind: don t present your personal opinion as a fact. It s a very frequent mistake made by those who write an argumentative essay for the first time. If there is no evidence for the fact, then it s not a fact!

Obviously, your personal position should be given, but in the conclusion, not in the body paragraphs. Your readers may agree or disagree with you, but it s not your aim to persuade them. Besides, don t forget to summarize all the main ideas of your essay and restate your thesis when writing your conclusion.

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This should make the situation with writing your agricultural essay less difficult. Here you need to write a simple essay using the standard structure and general rules of essay writing.

First of all, in your introductory paragraph write your thesis statement. For example, say why agriculture is an essential branch of national economy.

In your body paragraphs look at the problem from several perspectives. The first paragraph could be about the general problem of most developing countries lack of agricultural products, starvation etc.

The second one can be about the reasons why agriculture isn\’t a priority to the respective governments and why such policies lead towards starvation in many countries of the world.

The third one can suggest methods on how to solve the problem of the lack of agricultural development.

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Muslim hair stylist sues hairdresser over alleged discrimination

Friday, November 9, 2007 

British-born Muslim hair stylist Bushra Noah is currently undertaking legal action against the owner of a hair salon for alleged religious discrimination. Noah is suing London hair salon owner Sarah Desroiser. Desroiser who runs a salon in King’s Cross, has said that she would not accept Noah as a stylist if Noah’s hair was covered. Noah, like many devout Muslims keeps her hair covered in public places, believing it to be immodest otherwise.

Noah claims that her headscarf is a fundamental part of her religious beliefs and that wearing the scarf would not interfere in her carrying out the job at all. Desrosiers said that it is not discrimination but rather that “the essence of my line of work is the display of hair. To me, it’s absolutely basic that people should be able to see the stylist’s hair. It has nothing to do with religion. It is just unfortunate that for her covering her hair symbolises religion.” Desosiers added that she had worked with Muslims in the past and employs a Muslim accountant.

Noah claims that the state of her own hair is irrelevant to her ability to style others hair.

The last few years have seen a string of similar cases in Britain. Last year, there was a case over whether a British Airways employee could wear a prominent cross, and another case in which a teacher argued that she had a right to wear a Jilb?b (a traditional Islamic dress that covers almost the entire body) in the classroom. In that case, the teacher lost in the High Court.

UK company “seriously considering” GPS tracking devices in school uniforms

Saturday, August 25, 2007 

The leading supplier of school uniforms in the United Kingdom, Lancashire-based manufacturer Trutex, has announced it is “seriously considering” including GPS tracking devices in future ranges of its uniform products after conducting an online survey of both parents and children.

“As a direct result of the survey, we are now seriously considering incorporating a [tracking] device into future ranges” said Trutex marketing director Clare Rix.

The survey questioned 809 parents and 444 children aged nine to 16. It showed that 44% of parents were worried about the safety of pre-teen children, and 59% wanted tracking devices installed in school apparel. 39% of children aged nine to 12 were prepared to wear clothing with tracking devices in them, while teenagers were notably less enthusiastic and more wary of what Trutex has admitted they see as a “big brother” concept.

However, Trutex has claimed the tracking devices would bring about worthwhile benefits, including being a valuable resource for parents who wanted to keep a close eye on where their children were at all times.

“As well as being a safety net for parents, there could be real benefits for schools who could keep a closer track on the whereabouts of their pupils, potentially reducing truancy levels” says Rix.

Each year, Trutex supplies 1 million blouses, 1.1 million shirts, 250,000 pairs of trousers, 20,000 blazers, 60,000 skirts and 110,000 pieces of knitwear to the UK.

It is not the first company to manufacture school uniforms with a central focus on child safety; last week Essex firm BladeRunner revealed it was selling stab-proof school blazers to parents concerned about violence against their children. The blazers were outfitted with Kevlar, a synthetic fibre used in body armour. It has already received orders internationally, including Australia.

If the Trutex tracking devices go ahead, it is unclear where in the uniform they will be located.

UK company “seriously considering” GPS tracking devices in school uniforms

Saturday, August 25, 2007 

The leading supplier of school uniforms in the United Kingdom, Lancashire-based manufacturer Trutex, has announced it is “seriously considering” including GPS tracking devices in future ranges of its uniform products after conducting an online survey of both parents and children.

“As a direct result of the survey, we are now seriously considering incorporating a [tracking] device into future ranges” said Trutex marketing director Clare Rix.

The survey questioned 809 parents and 444 children aged nine to 16. It showed that 44% of parents were worried about the safety of pre-teen children, and 59% wanted tracking devices installed in school apparel. 39% of children aged nine to 12 were prepared to wear clothing with tracking devices in them, while teenagers were notably less enthusiastic and more wary of what Trutex has admitted they see as a “big brother” concept.

However, Trutex has claimed the tracking devices would bring about worthwhile benefits, including being a valuable resource for parents who wanted to keep a close eye on where their children were at all times.

“As well as being a safety net for parents, there could be real benefits for schools who could keep a closer track on the whereabouts of their pupils, potentially reducing truancy levels” says Rix.

Each year, Trutex supplies 1 million blouses, 1.1 million shirts, 250,000 pairs of trousers, 20,000 blazers, 60,000 skirts and 110,000 pieces of knitwear to the UK.

It is not the first company to manufacture school uniforms with a central focus on child safety; last week Essex firm BladeRunner revealed it was selling stab-proof school blazers to parents concerned about violence against their children. The blazers were outfitted with Kevlar, a synthetic fibre used in body armour. It has already received orders internationally, including Australia.

If the Trutex tracking devices go ahead, it is unclear where in the uniform they will be located.