Thursday, September 15, 2016

ONLY IN OZ (I HOPE)

St Philip's College in Alice Springs needs to get its act together.   A 'respected' teacher gave permission for a boy to go to a school  event dressed as Adolf Hitler with the school compounding the gaffe by awarding him a prize as the best dressed student.

At least the school had the decency to apologize to its Jewish exchange students for any offense caused.

And from Roger Herbert, Headmaster ... "She (the teacher) is absolutely shattered she said that ... I'm really concerned about her well-being". 

Not sure that 'respected' teacher is exactly the right descriptive.


13 comments:

Gerard said...

Nope Wellington Sevens forget the date.

The Veteran said...

C'mon Gerald. Not the same thing and you know it. Happened in a school controlled environment with Jewish exchange students FFS. I know you enjoy argument but sometimes it's better to hold your tongue rather than attempt to defend the indefensible.

David said...

It was book week.

Hitler authored several books and had many more written about him.

Hitler is an historical figure. We cannot whitewash him from History. We cannot protect Jewish students from their ancestor's history.

A student dressing as Hitler is not the same as Trumplethinskin encouraging his supporters to commit acts of violence on their political opponents.

As an aside, I sent my Kiwi born granddaughter to school dressed as a jar of Vegemite for book week; she won first prize for that. I hope all the Kiwi marmite lovers were not offended.



David said...

And it’s not only in Australia

Gerard said...

Not vegimite ugg.

The Veteran said...

David ... feeble and sad and totally bereft of good taste. How about Josef Mengele then? Lotsa books written about him too. Or perhaps you're a fan of David Irving.

No, vegemite doesn't phase me at all. We invented the stuff.

Psycho Milt said...

David Irving's written some great stuff. Wouldn't be very obvious who you were dressed up as, though - Hitler's good like that, instant recognition.

David said...

I read several of David Irving's books, but didn't drink the Kool-Aid. Deborah Lipstadt provided the perfect example of how to deal with such issues.

No, vegemite doesn't phase me at all. We invented the stuff.

More kiwi cultural appropriation? I think Cyril Callister's family would have something to say on that issue. I read this book last year, not bad.



Anonymous said...

Um No... Vegemite is just a derivative of Marmite and owes it's existence to German Uboats more than any sort of culinary expertise. Both made with brewers yeast, unfortunately Australia had a lot of cheap sugar to bulk it out which destroyed the original taste.....but as you acquire a taste at a young age I expect there are a few who like it.

Lord Egbut

Gerard said...

http://www.timesofisrael.com/australian-student-dressed-as-hitler-wins-costume-pr

Noel said...

I guess the school will introduce "robust" policies to prevent a repeat.
The list will be long.
Starting with no one to be awarded a prize for a Chiang Kai Shek costume when Chinese Students are visiting.
Great to see the Principle of the visiting students collage accepting the events for what they were before the media beat up.

Gerald said...

Probably start with Pol Pot and visiting Cambodians.

Anonymous said...

Principal but there are so serios principles involved.