Yes I saw it. But in my mind I separate the attitude of teachers from the resources of the school. Good teachers should be everywhere. Bad teachers and those who hate teaching can also be found in private schools.
Your scenario is appalling. If those teachers were in private would their attitude really be any different?
To me,the resources of a school is so low on my priotiry list of what is importabt. I dont care about great resources,I care about great teachers and a great culture, a supportive environment where my child will thrive.
Last edited by cheeeeesecake; 12-04-2016 at 11:22.
My kids school is low SES. We have an excellent Reading Recovery and Gifted programs. We have a school band with instruments and we kick butt at sport. We have lots of teachers aides bc we have quite high numbers of learning disabilities. We have around 4 ipads per classroom as well as computers. Around 4-5 years ago we got several grants being SES for these. We also have a passionate principal and teachers and NAPLANs have continued to improve each year.
So our school is really case in point here. A low SES school that has blossomed from an injection of funding for more staff, more specialised training in diverse learners and IT/tangible equipment.
As a public school teacher I don't see the problem with a public education. Teachers all graduate from the same place. A school without a pool and a tennis court isn't going to disadvantage students.
Without parents paying for private schools the Government would be forking out just as much money if not more money. And for the people that are saying that people can't afford it... you'd be surprised. I could afford to send my children to a private school yet I don't... why? I don't see the educational benefits compared to a public school... as stated previously... a swimming pool and a tennis court aren't going to make my kids more educated then a school without one... or without all the other fancy crap.
There are some schools that need to be reviewed because of lack of resources etc and the Government/Education department should be putting money in to fix them up.
Most people on higher incomes pay a lot more tax as well so why should their kids be deprived of any educational funding? I think each public school needs to get money based on their needs rather than just having money poured into it for the sake of it because it's "equal". I don't think that private schools should necessarily get as much funding as public schools but they should certainly be entitled to some money.
I dislike the private vs public drama that thr media try to stir up. Private or public should be irrelevant. The fact that some schools are getting government funding for orchestras or swimming pools or ipads,while other schools still dont have airconditioning,means that someone somewhere (probably the government) is mismanaging funds.
But having ipads, which I frankly see as a necessity in this day and age is a world away from swimming pools. Saying that somehow our school is blessed to have them and putting them in the same sentence as pools against those that don't have air con isn't fair or logical. The fact that ipads in a public school seems so amazing really highlights my point here. It shouldn't be amazing it should be standard.
As a teacher you know the value of these items to bridging the gap for low income families who don't have one at home and the equity issues that exist if schools don't provide a few per classroom.
I'm not sure I would consider it a 'drama'. It's a very valid discussion about the haves and have nots and whether the tax payer should be funding rich schools that simply don't need it.
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