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SIR,- Your front page story, ‘Appeal for sense’, February 9, 2012, indicates to me that all those involved in the Horsham High-Tech School renovation process have been successfully lulled into passivity by a bureaucracy that’s just as sluggish and shy from initiating anything of substance.
Anyone with as little historical awareness may recall the attempted close down of the Goroke Consolidated School and reduce it to a primary feeder school for Edenhope and Horsham. Locals didn’t like what was going on and resisted this with great engagement with the result that today there is the Goroke P-12 College.
During the 1970s and 1980s principals were sent to Goroke to close down the secondary section – by all manner of means. But they failed, and I know what I am talking about because some of your readers may recall my own fate in supporting the community sentiment, which was vigorously opposed by the central Melbourne education bureaucratic policy makers. It led to the usual phenomenon of threats and intimidation, of divide-and-rule of the local community, which strongly resisted – and won against that faceless bureaucracy in Melbourne.
Nothing worthy is gained without sacrifice and without individuals fearlessly speaking out against injustices. It is an injustice to our students to have the prevailing conditions continue at Horsham College. It is an insult to the community, which however is itself to blame for letting this happen and for continuing to bend to those forces that obstruct development.
But in these trying economic conditions who is prepared to put their job on the line – as I did when the Education Department bureaucracy moved against that small rural Goroke community?
Fredrick Töben,

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Posted on Feb 15 2012

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