Fifth-seeded Mainland eliminates fourth-seeded Millville; McCarthy ends 50-year coaching career

Millville High School field hockey coach Claudia McCarthy Knew the last game of her illustrious coaching career would end in a loss.

She just didn’t think it was going to happen so soon.

McCarthy’s 50th and final season running the Thunderbolts abruptly ended on Tuesday following a 3-2 loss to Mainland in an NJSIAA Southeast A quarterfinal playoff game.

“You know what, usually the last game of all of my seasons has been a loss,” said McCarthy, who has won more than 600 games. “We are always in the (state playoffs) and we have never gotten past Eastern. We faced them five straight times (at one point) in the South Jersey finals and lost all five times. So you know you are not going to end on a happy note.

“You just have to keep playing until you lose. I just felt and knew it was coming.”

She also felt

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Deregulating childcare in Australia won’t make it better. Education will | Wendy McCarthy | Opinion

The public conversation around Australia’s need to pursue universal access to high-quality early learning and care has grown exponentially in 2020. It’s been a rare bright spot in a terribly bleak year. The federal government’s decision in early April to make childcare free for parents for three months as the nation grappled with Covid-19 thrust the possibility of radical change into the spotlight.

As an educator and feminist who has been arguing for quality early childhood education and care for more than 40 years, witnessing the momentum gathering around this reform is heartening.

Unsurprisingly it has attracted a few familiar arguments. The Australian Financial Review and the Sydney Morning Herald published op-eds in October arguing that childcare deregulation would help bring down costs and facilitate women returning to work.

The idea that parents want to work so badly that they would be prepared to settle for an open market

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