To me, it comes back to ensuring that all students in public schools, regardless of post code, background etc. have an equal opportunity in education. This is not the case. There is a huge gap between the highest and lowest achievers and Australia lags behind other OECD countries in this area. Moreover, the children from low socio-economic and indigenous backgrounds are the ones who are furthest behind.
It is highly unlikely that your children and my children will be low achievers in a public school. At the school I work at, most parents' education qualifications are year 9 or equivalent. It's their kids we need to help. A child should not be disadvantaged because a public school can't match the resources of a private school, or because the parents can't afford the education they want for their children. Every school should be equal!
The Gonski Report states that of the $5 billion needed to improve educational outcomes for all students, a significant amount ($3.8 billion) needs to go public schools due to the significant and greater concentration of disadvantaged students in attendance.
I feel a little disheartened by your comments, tbh.
It's disappointing to me that people either can't or won't accept that they are in a privileged position when it comes to education, and in a way feel more entitled than our most disadvantaged, purely because you have money and choice.
You are lucky enough to have a choice for your children, and that choice is private school. I choose not to send my children to private school, because they already have an advantage over many others.
Some of the children in my class (year 3) do not even have a book to read at home. That's not their fault, and we need to ensure that they have equal educational opportunity, and under the current funding model, it's just not happening.