Here’s a list of the press releases put out in relation to THE ASIAN CENTURY – drum roll in background – REPORT.
AUSTRALIA IN THE ASIAN CENTURY MEDIA RELEASES
1. Australia in the Asian Century White Paper: Australia’s roadmap for navigating the Asian century
2. The Asian Century – an Australian opportunity
3. Lifting prosperity in the Asian century
4. Boosting innovation in the Asian century
5. Australia’s infrastructure in the Asian century
6. NBN to facilitate closer ties with Asia
7. Deregulation to drive Australia towards Asian century success
8. Small business to profit in the Asian century
9. A resilient and sustainable Australia in the Asian century
10. White Paper sets course for Asia studies
11. Australian universities to be world’s best in the Asian century
12. Public sector leadership in the Asian century
13. Attracting skilled migrants, tourists and students to Australia in the Asian century
14. Regional Australia to drive stronger links with Asia
15. Asian century grants scheme to fund business development
16. Australia to pursue free trade area of the Asia Pacific
17. Australia to devote more trade and investment resources to Asia
18. Agriculture key to Australia’s role in the Asian century
19. Defence and security in the Asian century
20. Building relationships with our regional partners
21. Cultural diplomacy a vital underpinning for Asian century
You have to laugh. It’s a bit like ringing the school bell and calling in all the children and telling each of them – Jane, Peter, Bill, Sarah … – that they are all connected to the ASIAN CENTURY in their different ways.
And for those with real experience – actually helping their children through school and university – there are no gains from children undertaking languages, certainly Asian ones. My girls did a bit of Indonesian, but so what.
Once you have figured out the marking and weighting system, you would have to be mug to do Mandarin or Japanese unless you happen to be a child who speaks Mandarin or Japanese at home And then there’s the quality of teaching.
When I was first at Flinders, Indonesian language was quite big but as the popularity waned, so did the resources for its teaching fall off. I am pretty sure it was dropped altogether. We have actually gone backwards on this stuff.