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Profession or area of expertise
B.A., B.Ed. M.A.(Qual), M.Ed. Admin(course work complete)
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Health, Mind Consciousness or Spirit, Community or Social Betterment, Environmental Improvement
About me
The following should place whatever expertise I possess in some context:
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1. EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL ROLES: 1944-2008

1999-2008-Writer/Poet/Retired Teacher: George Town Tasmania
2002-2005-Program Presenter, City Park Radio, Launceston
1999-2004-Tutor and/or President: George Town School for Seniors Inc
1988-1999 -Lecturer in General Studies and Human Services West Australian Department of Training
1986-1987 -Acting Lecturer in Management Studies and Co-ordinator of Further Education Unit at Hedland College in South Hedland, WA.
1982-1985 -Adult Educator, Open College of Tafe, Katherine, NT
1981 -Maintenance Scheduler, Renison Bell, Zeehan, Tasmania
1980-Unemployed: Bi-Polar Disability
1979 -Editor, External Studies Unit, Tasmanian CAE; Youth Worker, Resource Centre Association, Launceston;
Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour, Tasmanian CAE; Radio Journalist ABC, Launceston
1976-1978 -Lecturer in Social Sciences & Humanities, Ballarat CAE, Ballarat
1975 - Lecturer in Behavioural Studies, Whitehorse Technical College, Box Hill, Victoria
1974 -Senior Tutor in Education Studies, Tasmanian CAE, Launceston
1972-1973 -High School Teacher, South Australian Education Department
1971 Primary School Teacher, Whyalla SA, Australia
1969-1971 Primary School Teacher, Prince Edward County Board of Education, Picton, Ontario, Canada
1969 Systems Analyst, Bad Boy Co. Ltd., Toronto Ontario
1967-68 -Community Teacher, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Frobisher Bay(Iqaluit), NWT, Canada
1959-67 -Summer jobs from grade 9 to end of university
1949-1967 - Attended 2 primary schools, 2 high schools and 2 universities in Canada: McMaster Uni:1963-1966, Windsor T’s College: 1966/7.
1944-1963 -Childhood(1944-57) and adolescence(1957-63) in and around Hamilton Ontario.

2. SOME SOCIO-BIO-DATA(as of: 2008)

I have been married for 41 years. My wife is a Tasmanian, aged 60. We’ve had 3 children: ages in 2008-42, 38 and 31. I am 64, a Canadian who moved to Australia in 1971 and have written 3 books--all available on the internet. I retired from full-time teaching in 1999, from part-time teaching in 2003 and from volunteer/casual teaching/work in 2005 after 35 years in classrooms. In addition, I have been a member of the Baha’i Faith for 49 years. Bio-data: 6ft, 225 lbs, eyes/hair-brown, Caucasian. See my website for more details at: http://www.users.on.net/~ronprice/ or go the google search engine and type: RonPrice(no space), Pioneering RonPrice, RonPrice Poetry, RonPrice Bahá’í, RonPrice History,(philosophy, religion, media studies, politics, inter alia)--for additional writings.
Website, if any
http://www.users.on.net/~ronprice/
Affiliations
* Teaching Certificate(Primary) Windsor Teachers’ College 1967.
* Registered with the Primary, Secondary and Technical Teachers
Registration Boards of Victoria in the mid and late 1970s, resp.
* Granted permanency with DEVET (now Dept of Training and Employment) in Western Australia in June 1992.

1.6 Professional Memberships and Eligibility

* Secondary School Teachers Union of Western Australia: 1987 to 1999.
Branch secretary for four of those years at Hedland College and the Thornlie Campus of the Southeast Metropolitan College of Tafe
* Australian Association of Educational Administration: 1975 to 1976
* Australian Institute of Welfare Workers(eligible)
Specific service/s, product/s, or skills offered
In the thirty-one years from 1974 to 2005, I taught full-time for 22 and part-time as a tutor for 7. I taught in post-secondary institutions; I taught some ninety different units of study in the humanities and social sciences. The list is too long to sight here. The list includes the following general categories:

* communication studies
* social sciences
* welfare studies/human services
* education studies
* matriculation studies
* public relations/media studies
* creative and business writing
* special education programs for:
(a) indigenous people and (b) seniors

RonPrice's Blog

Description of Ron Price's Blog

My literary activity on the world-wide-web is a personal and quite industrious enterprize. When I can find the time I am engaged in creating across this global internet a tapestry of poetry and prose. At this site, readers will find one of my many journals, diaries or blogs. These various terms are used by various internet sites for a series of posts by one writer/author. The series of posts at this site is one of the many parts of this tapestry of prose and poetry I refer to… Continue

Posted on July 22, 2008 at 9:15pm

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At 9:13pm on July 22, 2008, RonPrice said…
As a retired teacher and now writer and poet I write a great deal on the internet. Sometimes what I write is "over the head" or "too complex" for the client group at some sites, but I send it anyway. Don't worry if you don't want to read it; you don't need to send me any advice; just delete what is not useful and eventually,all being well, one of my posts may strike you as useful.-Ron Price, Tasmania
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The concept, the belief in, the whole thrust of one world is not something that started in recent years. But the graphic nature of the concept has been given, as Richard Sennett put it, "a solidity"2 in the last halfcentury. There is, in the artistic and creative process, a certain sentiment of authority. This authority exists in the eye of the beholder or in the society that determines who has what authority. The inner discipline behind this authority is the means of organizing and orchestrating one’s inner resources so that they cohere. The artist needs detachment from the condition of his own unnoticeability, except for the few who become media stars. Elman Service suggests that "political evolution" is just another name for "waging peace in ever wider contexts."3
The artist and writer, the ordinary dude, who wants to play a part in the eventual achievement of global governance, for without global governance there will be no end to poverty, no peace or security in our world--must wage a war against poverty. In this brontissaurismus of a society must he or she must wage peace, for this is part of the process of establishing global governance. It is in the "marketplace of ideas" which is the "west’s chief mechanism for governing opinion."4 The artist and writer, the teenager and the ordinarily ordinary, humanly human everyday chap exercises their influence and sells their wares in a host of ways.
Ralph Ketcham argues in his Individualism and Public Life5 that Wendell Wilkie’s One World published in 1942 was the most influential and significant statement on global governance in the USA. It was an advance notice for the second half of the twentieth century. Writers and artists, young people everywhere, are involved, each in their own way, with curing a massive psychic disorder by heightening interest and public preoccupation with human betterment.
The central difficulty that undergirds so much of therapeutic language in both humanistic psychology and the social sciences, a language that rests on a variety of individual values from self-esteem to personal liberty and wish fulfilment, is an insubstantial, a very unsatisfactory, conception of values. Though attractively open-minded, pluralistic and self-releasing, these sciences and this language are, in the end, vacuous, asocial and impoverishing rather than morally fulfilling and politically energizing.
For nearly all of us now, who are writers and artists, are facilitators and coordinators in some way or other if we are going to have any inflence at all; we influence but do not order. Psychological persuasion has replaced coercion, at least in most of the places you and I live, move and have our being. It’s about, as Jacob Burkhardt wrote in the nineteenth century, an individual’s "struggle to win the praise of others through contact with them."
My efforts at persuasion during the last four decades for the most part took the form of a gradual inculcation rather than of straightforward argument. In this domain, this style of interaction, the artist and writer, the young and the old, can make a useful contribution. And occasionally they must withdraw so others can’t get at them. At least that is how I have found it.
Sennett’s analysis of authority is intriguing in its combination of psychology and history. Each crisis in authority, he says, involves disbelieving what one previously believed thus creating a new pattern of belief. Western society has been trying to create new authority figures for two centuries, at least since the French Revolution. Writers and artists have expended much ink and paint in their efforts to define, explain, support, describe, understand, articulate: the new and the future and structures that will help us survive. They have, in the process redefined history. One has only to look at the history of sociological theory and the various schools of history to see the host of analyses that try to tell us what history was, is, or should be. The writer and the artist will go on doing this as they have been, perhaps, since the middle of the eighth century BC in the west.
There are several things that are different today. One thing is that we are building "not on foundations but on networks because the material universe is a dynamic and interrelated system of parts."6 Perhaps the most critical decision for a writer or artist is what network does he or she want to be part of. For since the nineteenth century the artist-writer for perhaps the first time in history is, by and large, on his own "without substantial patronage from either religion or the nobility."7 In the eddies of the currents of ideas and technologies the artist-writer swims in is a vast and swift homogenizing process. There are, too, a plethora of delights of diversity. The world culture of the arts, which has just stuck its head above the ground, will take centuries to mature. The sharing of traditional culture with a new global culture is everywhere apparent, from Artur Rubenstein and Ravi Shankar to the latest medical advance or archaeological find. The only limitation is one’s interest or, in the case of the underclass or much of the third world, poverty and non-access.
FOOTNOTES
1 Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man: Part 1: Lower Than the Angels, Angus and Robertson, 1973, p.19.
2 Richard Sennett, Authority, A.A. Knopf Inc., NY, 1980.
3 Elman Service, Primitive Social Organization, 1971(1962).
4 Benjamin Ginsberg, The Captive Public, Basic Books Inc., NY, 1986, p.230.
5 Ralph Ketcham, Individualism and Public Life, Basil Blackwell, Inc., NY, 1987.
6 Fritzoff Capra, "Criteria of Systems Thinking", Futures, Vol.17, No. 5, October 1985, pp.475-478.
7 Ludwig Tuman, "A World Culture of the Arts", World Order, Summer 1975,, p.14.
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