Tonia is mentioned in this Sydney Morning Herald article:
Outdoor education enables individuals to connect with nature, with other people, and with themselves. Associate Professor Tonia Gray, from the University of Wollongong, says: “We should be inspiring a sense of wonderment in our students, but many parents instil a fear of nature and the outdoors – clearing a path through it by killing every spider or insect in their way.”
Gray refers to ”the other three Rs”, namely relationship, resilience and reflection. “These are overlooked in the modern curriculum and we don’t teach these concepts well at all, but outdoor education lends itself, beautifully, to doing just that.
”The main aim is life ownership – you own your mistakes as well as your successes. Outdoor education is the vehicle for teaching life ownership – when you are in the bush using a compass and you make a wrong turn, you only have yourself to blame – not another student, not the teacher. There are consequences for your action, or inaction,” she says.