Thursday 4 May 2017
”Life is about perception. Not what is but what we perceive it to be”
Apparently, the model is no longer a shambles but a blueprint for the future.
The Government is asking us to believe, just as it did with the words of debt and disaster, that a report the then Education Minister Christopher (The Fixer) didn’t think worth reading is now somehow the answer to our education system.
At the time the Coalition were trying to hoodwink the Australian public into believing that they were offering the same deal as Labor on education, (which demonstrably they weren’t) Christopher Pyne admitted that he had never read the ”Gonski Report”.
This still applies. The deal announced Tuesday is not the same as the one put forward by Labor. Nothing like it. That is not to say that any progress has been made.
For example, it is the first time the conservatives have acknowledged the need for equality of opportunity in education and that Private Schools get more than their fair share of Commonwealth funding. If this plan elevates low socio-economic status schools, while protecting others, and cutting unsustainable subsidies to the most privileged that will be a good thing. If that is the case why didn’t they do it years and years ago? The rich have been receiving unsustainable subsidies to the most privileged for far too long.
One has to wonder if Turnbull hasn’t taken it up to the extremists in his party and convinced them that the headmaster knows best. Next thing they might surprise us with a Negative Gearing going over.
Labor’s first blush reaction was more emotive than political.
Shorten tweeted: “Australians will never trust the Liberals when it comes to properly funding schools. When they think they can get away with it, they’ll cut.”
Having had the argument of elitist bias taken away from it Labor’s first reaction appeared puny and inadequate until an angry Tanya Plibersek stepped up to the blackboard, chalk in hand, accusing Turnbull of ”smoke and mirrors” saying that the plan obscured the fact that it really ripped $22 billion out of schools over a decade.
It’s an ongoing debate. The Coalition have always insisted that the money was never there in the first place but have never proven it so.
If Labor were to borrow the money would it be good debt? There is certainly a dividend at the end.
Of course, there has long been an argument over how Labor’s 10-year pledge would be funded, so that debate is far from settled.
There is no doubt that Turnbull has wrong footed Labor on one of its strengths and the electorate may see it as the sensible centre and the perception that the rich are being subjected to a dose of equality social science.
”There is no greater need than the need for equality of opportunity in education”
The Catholic Church however is more than angry at the LNPs plan saying that they would have to close schools and increase fees. Various views abound. A friend on Facebook said that:
”Abbott Cut Education funding by $30 billion Turnbull is putting some Back ! Here are some more Facts on Turnbulls Gonski 2.0Despite his spin, Malcolm Turnbull is still effectively abandoning the most disadvantaged schools and their students.
He is also moving away from the key principle of Gonski – that state and federal governments work together to make sure no child misses out at school.
Under his system, the federal government will provide 20% of the Schooling Resource Standard for public schools yet 80% of the SRS for private schools.
The 20% and 80% figures appear to be have plucked from the air, with no educational justification, or consideration for how much funding these schools are receiving from state governments.
For instance, we don’t know what will happen to schools in the NT, which have high levels of need and are currently receiving 23% of the SRS.
State governments still haven’t been consulted on how the system will work, or how schools will be funded next year.”
People may not take much notice but this is yet another example of how Turnbull is seeking to change the perception people have of his party. Presenting policies in a sloppy chaotic fashion without much detail but at the same time making sure they understand the ideology.
Cross bench Senators have said they will need much more detail before committing but the Greens, bless their educational souls, sound somewhat receptive.
The Government’s plan will see 24 independent schools in the eastern states suffer a direct funding cut over the next decade, and a further 353 will not receive as much money as previously forecast.
Just over 9,000 schools will be better off over the decade. But the important point is by how much. However, until the details are made public, like many other policies, we will shall just have to wait and see.
With cuts to preschool, university funding and the demolition of TAFE the Government doesn’t have a good record with education.
This plan might also give the states some certainty but it’s really a ”Clayton’s Gonski”.
As I said at the start:
”Life is about perception. Not what is but what we perceive it to be.”
My thought for the day.
”For the life of me I fail to understand how anyone could vote for a party who thinks the existing education system is adequately funded and addresses the needs of the disadvantaged”.