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September 4, 2008

Kenneth Davidson in an op-ed in The Age on the Rudd/Gillard 'education revolution' makes a telling point. He says:

On education, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard are as one with previous coalition governments; they have all breached the original purpose of state aid in 1972 — to bring the Catholic system schools up to the standard of government schools. Now the total resources available to non-government schools per student are greater than the resources available to government schools. This is despite the fact that the education burden on government schools — which must provide places for all students irrespective of ability — is higher than for non-government schools, which pick the eyes out of the education market.

The situation now is one where total government per capita expenditure on students in 2006 was $11,303 for non-government schools and $9252 for government schools.

Davidson says that the real problem is the flight of the middle class from public schools aided by funding policies of federal governments. Consequently, the right policy would be to spend money to raise public schools that increasingly draw students from disadvantaged households and neighbourhoods to the level expected by the middle class.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:43 AM | | Comments (3)
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Gary, two points:

1. The situation now is one where total government per capita expenditure on students in 2006 was $11,303 for non-government schools and $9252 for government schools.

This is what we refer to as "a bloody lie." WHY are you Social Studies types STILL totally incapable of getting your heads around the very simple arithmetic needed to engage in this debate? For five years now, I have watched aghast as analytically-challenged Leftists trot out rot like this.

2. The right policy would NOT to be throw good money after bad. It would be better to empower those stuck in shitty schools to get out of them!

John
the figures come Davidson's op ed. He is working from the analysis of school funding by Jim McMorrow undertaken for the Australian teachers Union. What is wrong with these figures?

Nan,
John has a thing about the union, the figures were supplied by the union, you can work out the rest.

I've given up trying to work out which numbers are real when it comes to education funding. But you can't argue with Davidson's point that non-government schools have more resources, including the numbers of parents willing to get involved with the school and their kids' education.

Apart from government funding, have you ever compared a private school fundraising fete with a public school one? There's no comparison. It's like the different between a Live Aid extravaganza and a garage band without a bass player.