The world has changed, but school hasn't
A2 | Tue 22 Jan | 10:55 a.m.–11:35 a.m.
Lana Brindley has been playing with technology since that summer in the 80s when she got eaten by a grue. She has been writing since she could hold a pencil, and is currently writing technical documentation for SUSE after spending many years hanging around in the OpenStack community and generally making a pest of herself. Lana enjoys going to technical conferences to talk about stuff that has been buzzing around in her brain for too long, and also to make sure she leaves the house from time to time. While she isn't generally a technical pessimist, she read _IBM and the Holocaust_ recently, and has been looking at technical development with a wary eye ever since. She's fairly certain the future robot overlords will be benign. Mostly.
Tahlia is a student in the Queensland public school system and currently is in year 10. She enjoys learning new things and can often be found reading a book. She has been around the technical community almost her whole life. She enjoys playing around with cameras and editing and has recently started to take more of an interest in coding and Arduino.
The world has moved on significantly from the Victorian era, when 'school' as we now know it was first invented. And while the funding models and teaching methods have changed somewhat over the past couple of hundred years, what children do in school has, in reality, changed very little. Lana will take you through a brief history of public schooling in Australia, focussing on the relative openness of each major step along the way, while Tahlia will recount stories of her own experiences as a student in the present-day public school system.