Hugh Mackay Quotes


33 Hugh Mackay quotes:



"Parents should be encouraged to read to their children, and teachers should be equipped with all available techniques for teaching literacy, so the varying needs and capacities of individual kids can be taken into account."
"Perhaps it's the people whose lives have taken sudden new twists - people who have learned to embrace the creative possibilities of change - who stand the best chance of penetrating life's mysteries."
"Reading is a huge effort for many people, a bore for others, and, believe it or not, many people prefer watching TV."
"Recounting their histories, people often sound like interested bystanders to their own lives."
"So let's not get carried away by hubris: Australians are no better than anyone else when it comes to occupation of the moral high ground."
"So, if falling crime rates coincide with the rise of violent video games and increasing violence on TV and at the cinema, should we conclude that media violence is causing the drop in crime rates?"
"Some researchers sensibly suggest that rather than worrying too much about which programs our children are watching, we should concentrate on trying to reduce the total amount of time they spend in front of the screen."
"Still, most of those effects occur in the context of harmless play and it is patently obvious that children are not normally turned into aggressive little monsters by TV or video games, since most children do not become aggressive little monsters."
"The question is, will we continue to fight what may be a rearguard action to defend universal literacy as a central goal of our education system, or are we bold enough to see what's actually happening to our culture?"
"The underlying message of the Lancet article is that if you want to understand aggressive behaviour in children, look to the social and emotional environment in which they are growing up, and the values they bring to the viewing experience."
"Universal literacy was a 20th-century goal. Before then, reading and writing were skills largely confined to a small, highly educated class of professional people."
"I suspect the secret of personal attraction is locked up in our unique imperfections, flaws and frailties."
"The copycat effects of media violence, similar to those previously attributed to westerns, radio serials and comic books, are easy to exaggerate."



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