22 September 2017
This week two things have dominated my thoughts. Firstly, I’m celebrating (with mummy tears) the last week of Year 12 for my youngest son. This has caused me to reflect on the hopes, dreams and wishes I had for him as a Kindy student almost 13 years ago. The second thing that has been on my mind is a polarising debate over same-sex marriage. The variety and intensity of reactions to this topic have surprised me. I have had tradespeople, postal workers and neighbours all passionately sharing their points of view. What I’ve noticed is that many of these people are unable to articulate a reason for their stance. They are quoting facts, statistics and opinions that they have heard in the media and in the community. What concerns me most is that many people appear to accept opinions indiscriminately without exploring issues for themselves. One of my greatest wishes for my son, and in fact for all of my students, is that he learns to become a critical thinker – a thinker who can logically apply a Christian worldview to every day decisions. Critical thinking involves evaluating information, looking at issues from different perspectives, reasoning dispassionately, being open to new ideas and insisting that all claims are backed by credible evidence.
Head of Primary