Freedom From Choice.From the Sunday Hun last weekend comes this little beauty:
Private and state schools pushed to share resources
Article from: Sunday Herald Sun
January 20, 2008 12:00am
PRIVATE schools will be pushed towards sharing resources with nearby state schools under a Rudd Government plan.
Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard said the Government would use a nationwide audit of schools to find where resources could be shared.
The audit is assessing schools in the greatest need of computers as part of the Government's pledge to provide all students in Years 9 to 12 with access to laptops and broadband.
Ms Gillard said the audit would help the Government in its bid to encourage resource-rich private schools to help non-government schools.
"It may be the schools want a music hall for specialist teaching, with rehearsal rooms and a performance space," Ms Gillard said.
"Now they wouldn't be able to finance the development themselves, but they would be able to do it together and to share it."
This is the whole article, and I figure it's best to copy the whole thing before it disappears down the memory hole forever.
Further utterances from Ms Gillard via her media centre:
Now you also said on the weekend that private schools should open their doors up to kids that don’t go to private schools. Have you got any ideas on how that could work?
What we talked about on the weekend was sharing facilities. Often State schools and private schools are located very near to each other – sometimes they’re basically on the same big block and what is separating them is a fence. We want to be talking to those schools about working together to share facilities because it might be that if they worked together they can get both the music rehearsal room that they’ve been dying to get as well as the improved gymnasium. Whereas if they’re working separately, then it wouldn’t be possible for them to, you know, get everything that they want. So I think it’s just a better way of using resources.
So if it’s a hot day and the kids are at the public school and they want to have a swim - they just you know, bring their towel and just hop across to the private school, that type of thing?
[Laugh] Well, I wouldn’t be advocating climbing the fence with your towel in hand and just turning up at the private school. But I would be saying that if the principals of those two schools could have a conversation and work out what’s the best way of sharing the facilities and meeting the needs of all of the children in those schools, that’d be tremendous.
What about improving the facilities in public schools?
Well we’ve got a big investment program for all schools. We’re going to spend $1 billion making sure that students in years 9 to twelve have a computer that they can use. That is going to start rolling out very soon. Schools in the greatest need will be able to apply as early as March and we’ve got $100 million to invest this year.
We’re also going to invest in trade training centres in every secondary school in the country, so children can have an experience of what it’s going to be like if they choose to be a tradesperson…
Freedom of choice is what you want,
Freedom from choice is what you get.
I'm sure all those parents paying for private schools will be more than happy that their contributions towards their child's education will also help those children whose parents either can't or won't pay for private school facilities.
I can't afford to send Magilla to the private school I want, but you know what? That's my choice. I could work in an office 5 days a week from 8-5 and make a bucketload of money, but I don't want to.
I have a job where I can work 5 days a week around her school hours, and I think it's more important that I am there to take her to school and collect her from same.
It all comes back to responsibility and accountability.
She is my responsibility to get educated.
I am the one who will be held accountable if she goes off the rails down the track - irespective of where she goes to school and how much it cost.
When will these mongrels in the government let me do my job in peace?
Add that to the latest news that if you're pregnant you'll get the zealots on your case about coffee, it's enough to make me wonder when the agenda to completely usurp my role will be publicly declared.
My dad and I used to have political discussions, where I'd play devil's advocate and he'd quite lucidly explain his disagreement with this policy or that, and that coloured a lot of my thinking and development.
One thing that used to get him seriously ranty was this idea that the prevailing attitudes of the pollies and edumacators (my word, not his) were working on painting us all a shade of mediocre grey.
I'm in complete agreement with him on that.
Please excuse the profanity, but this stuff just shits me to tears no end - you'll no doubt get sick of my spouting off about it, but better out than in where I could develop another ulcer.