Sunday April 15 2018
Australia has a need for many things but there is none greater than the need for equality of opportunity be it employment, equal pay, or whatever. But there is none greater than the need for equality of opportunity in education.
That is what Gonski was all about and for any Australian Prime Minister, to divest himself of any responsibility and advocate a segregated system is an unmitigated disgrace.
It was only a few months ago that the Education Minister Simon Birmingham was being applauded for his reasonable approach to the education portfolio and his willingness to admit that many private schools were grossly over-funded.
But then we learnt that it was a cloak and mirror trick picked out of the Coalition’s tophat.
In 2016, referring to Turnbull’s then offer to the states Greg Jericho said this:
“Of course they did – and of course they should have. It was a proposal delivered with such little genuineness that Turnbull might as well have been offering to sell the premiers a bridge in Sydney.”
Before then, research by Jim McMorrow revealed that along with getting rid of Gonski, the Coalition would direct money away from the public schools and students that need it most.
The research said there is “no educational rationale” for the Turnbull plan and it “reflects an arbitrary political decision with no underpinning principle in terms of the quality or fairness of schooling across Australia.”
“There is no greater need than the need for equality of opportunity in education.”
Even when it’s suggested that equality of opportunity in education is a noble pursuit and the right of every child, people like Christopher Pyne – when he was Education Minister – used to say it was class warfare and he ludicrously described the Gonski reforms as such. Mind you, at the same time he confessed to never having read the report.
Now years down the track we have the farcical situation where education is still a mess with the Coalition having a secret slush fund to top up the funding of the private school system while taking money from the Catholic School system.
Why is it so? Why do we deny every kids right to a decent education? You would think that even conservatives – when they look into the eyes of the innocent child – wouldn’t deny them an education equal to that of any child.
After all, they could churn out capitalists who might vote for the party. As it stands, once my generation has passed on their voting pool will be very shallow.
“Life is about perception, not what is but what we perceive it to be.”
One of the problems with secondary education is perception. The perception that Catholic and Charismatic Christian schools are private. The perception that your child will on completing their 12th year will be better-educated than the one that goes to a public school, whereas there is evidence that clever kids survive well in any environment and less smart ones do marginally better in a private school.
Then there is the elitism involved with private schools and the cultural snobbery. And of course the parents avoid the their educational responsibility saying that for the amount they are paying, it’s the schools problem.
When you look at the results it can be seen that given similar resources public schools perform just as well as private schools. You don’t have to pay $25,000 a year.
So, one has to ask why the lowly paid taxpayer has to contribute to the educational costs for the son or daughter of a wealthy businessman when equality of opportunity doesn’t exist for their own.
Of course, conservatives would like all education to be privately run as they would with health and many other things believing that, ideological speaking at least, that private enterprise runs things better than government.
“For the life of me I fail to understand how anyone could vote for a party who thinks the existing education and health systems are adequately funded and addresses the needs of the disadvantaged.”
“In June 2017 after a marathon debate extending into the early hours of this morning, the Gonski 2.0 plan passed with the support of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, the Nick Xenophon Team and crossbench Senators Derryn Hinch, Jacqui Lambie and Lucy Gichuhi 34 votes to 31.”
Education Minister Simon Birmingham at the time said; “the deal would deliver about $2,300 per student to schools in the next few years.
“That’s really critical because it flows fastest into the schools who need it most, delivering fairer funding for all Australians according to the Gonski needs-based principles.”
Well, it seems that this conniving twit was just playing with the educational desires of parents and kids and at the same time conning the Australian population into believing they were getting something they weren’t. What conniving fallacious Ideologues they are!
My thought for the day
“There is no shame in not knowing. The shame is in not wanting to know.”
PS For an evaluation of what a splendid education can do for you just look at the cabinet.