Category: Class and Education

Promoting A Class System

Some people argue that people who choose to attend a non-state school should have to pay for the privilege. This is said to justify the present system which cuts your funding if you shift out of a state-run school. But

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Enforcing the Class Structure 2

Yes, state schools under pressure(Education Age, 3 Nov) have to deal with more of the difficult children – more with behaviour and learning problems, fewer from advantaged families. Professor Doherty is quoted as saying “… I don’t understand why taxpayers are

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Biased System

Mark Latham and Jenny Macklin keep chanting that Labor will bring in a ‘needs-based’ school funding system. They have no such intention. Most non-state schools will continue to have less to spend. Even the poorest families outside the state system

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Enforcing the Class Structure

[Every year, after the federal budget, the state school industry intensifies its ongoing media campaign against non-government schooling. The same deceits are used each year – such as citing only the amount of the “federal” grants (which are the main

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A Class System

A large number of people have missed the point regarding the new funding scheme for independent schools.  There is an illogical assumption that only state-run schools can service lower-income families. In fact, most well-heeled families   —  those over $78,000 per

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School Ideologies

State school system operators constantly advocate reduced funding for rival schools. Their real motive is they don’t want to be exposed to parent choice and possibly lose market share. But the reason they regularly put forward for discriminatory funding is that only

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Protecting the Empire

We accept the challenge of Anthony Marriott (Letters 20/6/01).  He says independent schools don’t deserve the same funding because we are not accessible to all. But for most of us, it’s the other way round.  We are not accessible to

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Keeping the Classes Apart

It’s more entrenched than racism:  keeping the classes apart. The Kemp funding scheme somewhat improves access for lower-income families to independent schools.  But the Mr Nice Guy celebrities are urging the Senate to block this reform — and give the

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