I am currently in the middle of writing a story titled “The Priest and the Schoolboy.” At the same time, I am trying to complete a self-portrait that has been on my easel for a month. I cannot do either because I am so frustrated. No angry with this person, this characterless male we call the leader of the opposition. Only good manners prevent me from saying what I really think of him. His budget in reply speech has left me so cold that I have been forced to turn up the ducted heating higher than normal.
There is much in that speech that I could tackle and rip into. The total hypocrisy of it. For example, what ever happened to “If there is no carbon tax you don’t need any compensation. And of course he was back to “Stopping the boats” where as last week Scott Morrison was saying they would only be able to bring it back to John Howard levels.” Now Mr. Abbott is guaranteeing to bring down energy prices by 10%. Bloody hell it won’t surprise me next if he tells us that he is related to JC.
This morning as “MY THOUGHT FOR THE DAY” (something I do in the early hours) on FACEBOOK I posted the following.
“There is no greater need than the need for equality of opportunity in education”
I followed that up with ANOTHER THOUGHT
Tony Abbott last night in his budget reply speech re affirmed that the coalition supported “INEQUALITY IN EDUCATION” meaning that some children should be more advantaged than others.
How any parent/grandparent could support that is beyond me. Let alone vote for it.
The response to say the least has been overwhelming.
Here are just a few. Sorry couldn’t include everyone.
“A lot of would bes if they could bes, and their self funded retiree parents would applaud the idea of keeping working class children from an education. Must make sure there’s a ready supply of fodder for the rich to exploit in the next generation. The idea of a child. who lives in poverty getting an education is anathema to them.”
“Perhaps the children of substance are a little more equal!!!
The elites need a few thousand under educated kids to be employed as trolley collectors, checkout chicks (which by the way, the LOTOs daughters are employed after their very rich, elite education), cleaners, lawn mowers……..”
“And there’s no such thing as class warfare.”
“You only have to look at the disdain many in the middle and upper class bear for the under privileged and poor in our country to see it.”
“It’s beyond me too John. Unfortunately, I’ve seen lager numbers of parents/grandparents of kids in private schools who are enthusiastic supporters of this inequality and are endlessly recruited by private schools at any suggestion that government funding may be reduced. Hence the endless no losers policies under which the poor are inevitably off, eg “No school will be worse off”
“There are many millions of parents that support inequality in education. I am better than you John and I want my child educated are and I don’t want you dumb child being educated….. your educated dumb child is likely to be much more capable and get the good jobs and or promotions. I want my educated child secure in their position of social supremacy and I do not want competition from the lower class riff-raff. Your child’s hardship is not my problem.”
“Very true John Lord; however, there appears to be no reasoning with the pigheadedness of the LNP’s attitude of ‘elite education for the elite only”
“HOW CAN WE CONVINCE THE APPARENTLY INTELLIGENT PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA THAT ELECTING HIM WOULD BE OUR BIGGE4ST EVER MISTAKE”
In the year of 2013, we have the unique opportunity to reform our education system. An opportunity for every kid to receive equality of opportunity in education.
What is Gonski?
The Gonski Review was the most comprehensive investigation of the way schools are funded in Australia in almost 40 years. It was commissioned by the Federal Government and conducted by an expert panel headed by senior businessman David Gonski. The final report was released in February 2012.
For more information go here
Gonski found Australia is investing far too little in education and, in particular, in public schools.
As a consequence, too many students are missing out on the resources they need and there are growing gaps in the achievements of students from different backgrounds.
Gonski recommended a $5 billion a year injection of funding into public and private schools (75 per cent to public schools) and an overhaul of the way the money is distributed to ensure it is going where it is most needed.
That money would be invested in local schools in ways that help students learn such as:
Smaller class sizes
Extra specialist teachers in areas such as literacy and numeracy
Greater support for students with higher needs such as those with disabilities
Additional training and classroom support for teachers
Surely, we cannot allow this opportunity to pass us by. We cannot allow Tony Abbott to treat our children like pieces in an elitist game of chess. Our children should have the opportunity to receive the best possible quality education regardless of wealth, status or capability. This requires a revised education-funding model. Parents of all children are entitled to know that whatever school they choose for their children it will be adequately funded. That it will meet the needs of their children with the flexibility to cope with an ever-changing world.
One has to ask why it is that conservatives only favor quality education for those with the means to afford it. Their mindset is completely oblivious to the potential of every child regardless of socio economic background.
Perhaps they think it threatens their wealth. We must as fair minded people join with parents and grandparents and demand better education opportunities. I am passionate about it. I hope you are too.
Budget reply indeed.