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Purposely Misleading?

Some of the news during this week has caused me to reflect further on my previous post discussing the poor use of language in public debate. I can't help feeling that often the way we name or describe things is at best oxymoronic and at worst purposely misleading. Two newsworthy examples of this ...

The State of the Public Debate

This past week I attended my first ISAA Conference. I had no real idea of what to expect. Suffice to say that I enjoyed it immensely and that I would probably be able to have an argument with just one of the speakers. Having not been to a similar event for quite a while I was pleased to once again h ...

LIBRARIES UNDER THREAT

Sybil Jack

I am increasingly concerned about the effect that changes to libraries and archives are making - changes that will impact on independent scholars perhaps more even than others. Michael Wilding has produced a worrying paper published in the 'Sydney Review of Books' that makes plain not only the destruction of our heritage but also the possibility of 1984 type 'reconstruction' of the material available. All of this, for independent...

Who decides ISAA priorities?

Clearly and necessarily the answer is the committee but should there not, perhaps, be ways in which ordinary members and especially those in more outlying areas can raise issues and offer ideas. My email is jammed with big organisations asking that I 'sign' petitions for this or that. Is this the ef ...

Attracting Quality Teachers

For those not aware of it The Conversation (www.theconversation.com) provides some of the best commentary on current issues over a wide range of topics. My own area of interest is education and one of my current serious concerns is the way Universities are using the consumer driven model to enter quite mediocre students (based on their University Entry Scores) into teaching courses just to collect federal funding. For...

New initiatives for ISAA online

Hello ISAA members,

In response to requests from some members that we have an interactive element to our website we are activating the blog. This gives us the potential to develop an online community of scholars and should mean that...