Surveys

Survey 11 – Transgender Policy – June 19, 2017

SAASSO asked parents and educators who should approve children transitioning gender at school.

“Only 17% of respondents believe principals should make decisions on children transitioning gender.”

As principals we should adhere to the advice of experts.


I’m a principal and this is not the business of schools.

 

How can it be lawful for the government to tell a parents they are changing the sex of their child?


This should be up to children, their parents and specialists. Why are schools being dragged into this?

Survey 10 – School Uniforms – May 31, 2017

 

SAASSO asked parents and educators if it was time to rethink making female students wear a traditional ‘girl’ uniform.

“90% of respondents do not believe females should have to dress like ‘girls’.”

What century are we living in where girls are expected to dress in pretty little dresses?


My 15 year-old raised this with me as an issue.

 

High schools have a culture of treating teenagers like children, while expecting them to act like adults. There should be a dress code but no uniform.


I definitely support compulsory uniforms – makes it easier for teachers to identify if anyone is at the school who doesn’t belong, is easier for parents to manage and reduces competition among kids.

Survey 9 – State Of Education: Term 1 2017 – March 28, 2017

SAASSO Survey 9 - State Of Education Term 1 2017

SAASSO asked parents and educators a range of questions on the state of public education in term 1 – including the controversial teacher burnout bonus.

“More than 90% of parent voted no to the burnout bonus.”

How do I tell parents there is no money for programs for their children, but we  have money for bonuses for uninterested children?


I’ve never told of a bullying policy. Whatever it is it isn’t working.

 

Getting some bad teachers out of schools won’t keep excellent teachers in.


The bullying policy was obviously authored by people who had never set foot in a public school.

Survey 8 – Truancy & Principal’s Powers – March 21, 2017

SAASSO Survey 8 - Truancy Principal Powers - March 2017

 

SAASSO asked parents and educators if the Weatherill government’s new truancy fines will work and if principals should be able to hire and fire teachers.

“There was across the board condemnation of the use of fines to deal with truancy – with comments labelling it harmful, out of date and ill-considered.”

As an educator it is genuinely worrying that our state government thinks these type of draconian measures will result in any improvement.


If a fine of $500 is not working then $5000 is pointless. Most families can’t afford the former let alone the latter!

 

What a moronic idea! How are we supposed to build relationships with the families of at-risk students if we are prosecuting them?


Disengagement is a complex issue. It is both distressing and laughable that premier Weatherill thinks you can financially bully people into overcoming difficulties.

Survey 7 – Child Protection – December 19, 2016

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SAASSO asked parents and educators if they trust the Weatherill government will fix SA’s child protection system.

“19.55% of respondents believe the Weatherill Government will fix the child protection system in South Australia.”

It can take 3 hours to talk to someone at the hotline … If you report online your report doesn’t get read for months.


An education minister who doesn’t read. Enough said..

 

Close’s comment was shameful, but with the department she has to work with, it’s sadly accurate.


The problem isn’t money. It’s the rotten culture in the department.

Survey 6 – Student Fitness Tests – December 5, 2016

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SAASSO asked parents and educators if NAPLAN should include tests for physical fitness.

“46.45% of respondents think student fitness tests should be included in NAPLAN.”

Qualified PE teachers can have a big impact on children’s engagement and fitness levels.


The premiers be active challenge is a joke. It kept the name of the be active challenge but the premier kept all the funding.

 

All teachers should be able to teach fitness and movement.


You don’t need to be a specialist to teach kids how to run and throw a ball.

Survey 5 – All-Girl Schools – November 25, 2016

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SAASSO asked parents and educators if SA should offer more all-girl schools to public students.

“61.45% of respondents want more all-girl public schools in South Australia.”

I teach in a co-ed school and that is why my daughters are in an all-girl school.


How are boys going to learn to interact appropriately with girls if they never see them?

 

We need single sex primary schools. By the time they are in high school all the damage to their identity has been done.


I had the benefit of an all girls education, and realise what a distraction boys would have been during the hormonal teens!

 

Survey 4 – Children’s Commissioner – August 29, 2016

SAASSO Survey 4 - Childrens Commissioner - August 29 2016

SAASSO asked parents and school staff what powers a Children’s Commissioner should have.

“97.8% of respondents want a commissioner to have the power to investigate individual complaints.”

Someone needs to protect our children.
 
Toothless tiger – just what we need.
 
Our children have the right to be represented fairly and equitably. Without independent investigations, and the power to act on the findings, our most vulnerable citizens – our children – are without voice.
 
No independence, no trust. It’s that simple.
 
How many royal commissions will it take before Weatherill gets the message?
 
To be effective a commissioner needs royal commissioner powers.

Survey 3 – Police Checks – August 17, 2016

SAASSO Survey - Police Checks - August 17 2016

SAASSO asked parents and school staff whether all volunteers – including parents – should have to pass a criminal history check.

“94.44% of respondents stated that all parents should have to pass a police check to volunteer in schools.”

Yes, please check us!”
 
The safety of our children is paramount and goes beyond money!
 
How can Weatherill think not checking backgrounds will protect children?
 
Unfair to place the responsibility on principals. We have enough to do.
 
Ridiculous idea. This government knows nothing about child protection. For shame.


Survey 2 – Sex Education – July 4, 2016

SAASSO Survey - Sex Education - July 4 2016

With the controversy surrounding the Safe Schools program, SAASSO surveyed parent attitudes toward homosexual and transgender information being included in school sex education programs.

“91.44% of respondents want gender diverse subjects included.”

Teachers need to be trained to teach as a a specialist subject.

 

ShineSA program is terrific; their staff are very supportive.

 

I don’t agree with this policy at all its taking the right of parents  and giving it to the mob that think they know better than parents.

Transgender and same sex relationships should be part of health education in high school.


Survey 2 – Fast Food Outlets – July 4, 2016

SAASSO Survey - Fast Food - July 4 2016

A new UniSA study has revealed that schools in disadvantaged areas are ten times more likely to have fast food outlets nearby.

SAASSO asked parents if fast food outlets should be banned from opening near schools.

“An overwhelming 88.54% of respondents want fast food outlets banned from opening near schools.”

They should be too far away to walk to during lunch.

 

You will never stop fast food outlets from opening near school. Adelaide high and the Mcdonalds on Hindley street are just about as close as you can get. We just need to keep educating better.
 
Definitely outside of a 10-15 minutes walking distance.

 


Survey 1 – School Hours June 27, 2016

SAASSO Survey - School Hours - June 27 2016

Read the results of SAASSO’s survey on whether school hours should be reviewed.


“65.63% of respondents voted that schools should extend their hours.”

In any other workplace, if you aren’t getting the job done you stay back and finish! Obviously 5 hours a day isn’t getting the job done! 
I can see longer hours benefiting parents that work, however teachers are stretched now to do the hours.
Absolutely. Schools should be about what is best for the kids and not what is convenient for the teachers.
I feel the school hours are sufficient. Children need recreation and family time.