At the moment I am working part time editing a blog for the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). If you came here looking for the AARE blog you can find it HERE

I spent the last 20 years of my full time working career ( in mainstream media) writing about education. I couldn’t help myself and still made a few political comments here, after I retired from all of that.

I am six stories in to a book of short stories about true events in the lives of some extraordinary women I know. You will find some of those stories here.

My other main project is a fantasy trilogy that I want to publish electronically. (Just for the hell of it.) You can also follow that journey here.

I might also post a few of my photos, now and then, on this blog as well.

You can contact me directly by email if you don’t want to comment here. maralyn@aare.edu.au

If you have come here looking for my book about schooling My School:What Every Parent Needs to Know you can find it here HERE . I am also happy to take correspondence about it at the above email address.

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Maralyn… I’ve been trying to access some of your blog posts on the Telegraph, and doesn’t seem like they are accessible anymore. Are they available anywhere else please? Thanks

  2. Ms Parker,

    It’s been 34 years since you last taught me in year 6 at Athelstane public school, I also had the pleasure of being taught by you in year 4.

    You’d know me by Antigoni Nikolaidis.
    I thank you so much for being an outstanding teacher and your contribution to our Education.

    You persevered with my shyness and always encouraged me to speak up in class, even giving me a two or three sentence speaking part in the school Operettas you produced.
    Although I was petrified while doing my lines, I also had so much fun.

    You taught us the Art of Italics, you spent so much quality time teaching us writing techniques and made sure we understood basic maths principles which these days too many children lack.

    You were a firm but fair teacher and to this very day I can’t help but compare other teachers I’ve crossed paths with be it my own or my children’s and you are still up there as the best.

    You may not realise the positive impact you’ve had on my childhood, so, I thank you for your encouragement, the education, the amazing experiences and for the wonderful memories.

    I wish you all the very best in your ventures , health and happiness.


    1. Hi Antigoni,
      Well thank you so very much for making contact and saying such lovely things. If you are the little girl I remember you were small with long dark hair, gorgeous, and yes, very shy.

      I am pleased I made a difference. We had so much fun with the operettas and writing in Italics didn’t we?

      Thank you for your well wishes, and mine back to you.


  3. Maralyn,

    I have sent you a letter regarding inequities within the Education Department employment practices. I am sure you have heard it all before. Hoping you can help.

    Thanks for your time.


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