High-rise school disaster – definitely not ‘enjoyment’ – Daily Telegraph, June 7 2018

“Parents need to get used to sending their children to high-rise schools with playgrounds on the roof – just like they do in Asia.” So goes the text in an article by Anna Caldwell, the State Political Editor for the Sydney Daily Telegraph, headed “Students prepare to enjoy high life”.

Well I’m not quite sure if it’s ‘enjoying’, I’d much rather have schools with lots of green space to play in – after all, that’s our Australian tradition!

I have noticed that most of the exclusive private schools I fly over in my helicopter still have lots of green ovals and playing fields. I wonder if it’s just the state schools that will go high-rise? – what a pity.

Have a read of the article below, it’s what happens when you have perpetual compound growth with no plan at all. I remember in the early 1970s I did a trip to Hong Kong and from our hotel window we could hear kids chanting their lessons in a high-rise tenement opposite – I felt so sorry for those kids to have no playing fields and no natural environment. Now 50 years later it’s happening in Australia – what a disaster!

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