The NT Education Department is full of scary monsters but just like Monsters Inc they are all bark and no bite, a façade. They look scary, some more than others, and they routinely act scary – verbal threats, written threats, wonky legal reasoning (sometimes due to incompetence or arrogant complacency, sometimes it’s just simply made up to scare you and has no real legal basis if you test it out in Courts or Tribunals), abuse of position – but most of it is just BLUFF.
Recently we’ve heard of Solicitors for the Northern Territory (SFNT) demanding that Cardfightback be shut down, not copied, permanently deleted. These are the same people who protect NT DECS senior executives when they bully us and harass us in our already difficult job of classroom teaching. They also seem to think that they own the Internet and want to prevent anyone from having a critical opinion of them. Yes we burst out laughing at that one too.
Then we heard from our friends at the Education Union that Mr Hylton Hayes – he of previous “gun licence” fame: read more about him here: https://cardfightback.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/how-to-keep-your-nt-decs-job-v-how-to-lose-your-nt-decs-job/ – decided that for telling everyone the truth about what he did, he too wants to close down our site while suing us for alleged defamation. Slightly cheeky there Mr Hayes but definitely gave us a giggle. Ed – actually here’s a sneak peak at Hylton discussing with his principal Coral O’Neill (who wrote her teacher was a “trained tattooed monkey” amongst other things), how he’s going to get his revenge “every dog has it’s [sic] day” on the teacher : CLICK ON THE LINK> sharpen your claws more Hylton – all done ON SCHOOL TIME AND USING GOVERNMENT COMPUTER EQUIPMENT – the rest will be uploaded soon we hear…..
When that all failed, the NT Education Department then BLOCKED ACCESS to our site through their NTSCHOOLS network. Of course this simply means that you have to read us from home, not a huge problem. Same old pattern of destructive behaviour: try to bully people into submission, threaten them with more SCARY MONSTERS techniques then when that doesn’t work, stick your head in the sand and hope the problem goes away….without ever properly dealing with what caused it all in the first place. Ed – Classic!!! Dr Rob Bartholomew knows exactly what we’re talking about, buy his book here: https://cardfightback.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/rob-bartholomew-pherod/
We’ve said this many times before but we’ll say it again: there are individuals, over the decades and the centuries, who stand up to be counted, who are vocal, who do brave things to talk about what is uncomfortable and what others don’t want to hear. And history tells us that those individuals will, by the states/organisation/people who consider their voices should not be heard, be in some way attacked. It’s part of the narrative that’s perpetuated, the false narrative that makes people an enemy and removes their protections under due process but the way the organisation reacts is actually identical in each case. It’s to perceive the person telling the truth as the enemy and try to take them out.
Protest is highly useful: either verbally in meetings or on the Internet (the great leveller) or demanding that other groups of people help – Union, Whistleblowers, other outside jurisdictions, direct action, Ed – see our ‘Contact Others’ link at the top of the page – in that it informs us that it is right and appropriate to keep saying what is happening here in the NT is quite wrong, intolerable, that people are punished as they attempt to assert a defense, when they attempt to argue back and re-frame the debate and that it has to stop if education ever wants a chance to succeed here in the Northern Territory.
PS: Note to predictably blinkered NT Education Department people: Banning us will just make us stronger and show the world that you have lots to hide. Can’t you ever think of another way to act or are you just going to stupidly repeat the same problematic behaviour over and over again, that coincidentally wastes a lot of our tax money and which would be better spent on educating young Territorians. Wake up FFS!