Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ultimate "Challitaring"

In what must the ultimate form of "Challitaring", former Geelong Grammar School student, Rose Ashton-Weir, is suing the selective school because she failed to qualify for her preferred university course. Ashton-Weir not only claims that the school failed to give her adequate "academic support, particularly in maths" but also failed to provide her "the support I needed to really excel".

It is one thing to rail for endless years about not making a selective school but quite another to actually win a place and then claim your failure to to gain acceptance to the the course of your choice at the university of your choice is the school's. This is Challitaring of the boldest and highest order.

Not one to be out-Challitered mum, Elizabeth Weir, is also suing the school:

She said she gave up her chocolate fortune cookie business - which she had expected to make $450,000 over three years - because her daughter moved from Geelong to live with her in New South Wales. She is also seeking compensation for $39,000 in rent paid when they moved to another house in Sydney.

Now, it might be wondered why the move to Sydney. It transpires, according to Mr Darren Ferrari (least he has the name for the school if not the car) that the apprentice Challitarer, Ms Ashton-Weir, did not do so well at Geelong Grammar for reasons other than lack of support:

Darren Ferrari, representing Geelong Grammar, said Ms Ashton-Weir could have studied law at several other universities. ''You could have done law at Deakin University by correspondence,'' he said.
He said Ms Ashton-Weir had been placed on ''internal suspension'' a number of times while at the school. She was also poorly organised and had been absent from class many times.
And so, after a glandular fever attack, Ms Weir completed her HSC at a TAFE in Sydney. But, as we all know, when one goes a-Challitaring the facts are to be resolutely ignored in favour of vast, Education Department-wide conspiracies. Or, in this case, not quite so vast, school-wide conspiracies.

Readers unaware of the practice of Challitaring need only refer to this blog.

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Anonymous Jacob said...

While one can only sympathise with the personal anguish of these women, it's rather unreasonable to expect a school to carry the can.

We clearly need a national insurance scheme to indemnify us all against our poor life choices, as well as the general vicissitudes of life such as being, through no fault of one's own, talentless or thriftless.

We could call it "the social safety net" or something.

18/5/12 11:41 AM  

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