Welcome to the website of Philip O'Carroll

This web site and blog contains a selection of Philip O'Carroll’s letters to the editor which cover Australian and global issues, including education and politics. 


Thoughts of the Month

A SLOW WALKER

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 The thought for this month is about

why I have decided to circulate a

monthly Thought of the Month!...

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Relationships of Trust

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Homo Sapiens is a social animal.

Societies have customs and morality,

which guide most transactions between people...

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REALITY vs POSTMODERNISM

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I am by nature a truth-seeker. I want my beliefs to correspond as accurately as possible with how the world in fact operates...

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Is this universe made for humans?

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 When we don’t know the whole story about a state of affairs, we can use our imagination and make a conjecture. Let me share one now regarding how we humans got here...

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TWO GREAT LIFE ADVANTAGES

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Perhaps the two greatest gifts, bestowed by parents, that enable a fulfilling human life, are:

(1) believing oneself to be lovable, and 

(2) being lovable...

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SAVING AUSTRALIAN MATHS

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Australia is a top spender on school education. But UNICEF ranks Australia educationally 39th out of 41 high‐to middle‐income countries.

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SOME 2018 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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A variety of letters to the editor sent during 2018.

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The IDEA of GOD

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 A belief in God or gods has been with us at least as far back as history can take us, rising independently from all corners of the world.

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Life is not Fair

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No human society has ever brought equality to its people. Some rights, yes: equality, never.

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In Thrall to a False God

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We aim for belonging, financial security, friends, and perhaps wealth, power, popularity, fame, beauty, status … But in any full life, there will be times when one of these blessings may need to be sidelined for the greater good.

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Read My Book

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FITZROY COMMUNITY SCHOOL: 

THE FUTURE of SCHOOLING.

It is the summary of my life’s work. It compiles my most important ideas. My wife Faye and I founded this school and have pioneered new ways.

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Letters to the Editor

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This is a selection of Philip’s letters to the editor which cover Australian and global issues. Any of these letters may be published with author’s name or web address shown.

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2012 School Funding Review

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A SUBMISSION to the Review of Funding for Schooling; from Philip O’Carroll, Co-founder, Fitzroy Community School 

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The Fitzroy Readers

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The Fitzroy Readers are a set of 80 story books that children read for themselves. The Readers take the young learner from simple sounding words like cat  and mat (in the 1st story) through to words like appreciative  and consciousness (in the final story) in 80 easy steps.

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My first PODCAST appearance

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I have made my first podcast appearance.  It’s about Fitzroy Community School

The podcaster is Adam Murray.  His outlet is called SUBTLE DISRUPTORS

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Listen to my podcast appearance

From podcast Subtle Disruptors: 40 years ago Philip O'Carroll co-founded Fitzroy Community school. Today it is still going strong, often ranking in the top 1% of the state in areas like literacy and numeracy, and equipping kids with the skills they need to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.

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