Category: Education or Empire?

Provider Capture

It’s pretty amazing that in a democratic country, NSW can make a law banning the publication of the performance data of schools that operate on taxpayers’ money. Keeping the population in the dark, like mushrooms, is what they do in

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Victorian Institute of Teachers (VIT)

Dear Editor, When the Victorian Institute of Teachers (VIT) was first created, the impression given was that it would be a professional association run by teachers for teachers, and that it would work to raise the standards and standing of

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Indoctrination In Schools

Re your Ruth Martin letter (6 June) challenging Catholic schools for teaching doctrines while receiving government funding.  What about the one-eyed ideology pumped through many an English or History syllabus?  There is no value-free schooling. Let parents choose who will teach

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Labor’s School Empire

Labor politicians are saying they want schools funded according to need. This is untrue. Their policy is to provide full funding for anyone who uses the state system, no matter how rich – and to have reduced funding for anyone

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Deceitful Lobbying

The public is being tricked into thinking that private school places get more than taxpayers’ money than state school places. Many prominent Labor figures have recently quoted the fact that more “federal government money” goes to private schools. This statement

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Deceit By Omission

It is a strange statistic with which to open your lead story: “Private School Funding Exceeds University Funding” (Australian, 2 Jan 2004). It’s about as useful as saying fuji apples exceeded in-grown toenails. There is a much more enlightening statistical

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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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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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