Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Australian | For the children of Sanctuary Point, their future is what we make it

This is the fourth in the 2010 Boyer Lecture series, The Republic of Learning. This lecture is titled Becoming a Citizen, GLYN DAVIS

The Tunks family traces a broader Australian social change. In just three generations, higher education has moved from the margins of society to its mainstream.

Sean and Adam Tunks are primary school students at Sanctuary Point Public School, about 25km south of Nowra on the NSW south coast.

Their mother teaches at the school and the family is active in the nearby St Georges Basin community. It is a beautiful area, close to beaches, and quiet, except in summer when tourists arrive in their thousands.

The Tunks family illustrates how education has changed over several generations. For Sean and Adam's great-grandfather Edward, education ended early. Edward finished school at 16 and became a drover before labouring on the construction of the Burrinjuck Dam. More.......


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