And I disagree about class sizes. It makes a huge difference, well in primary school anyway!
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19-04-2012 21:59 #101
19-04-2012 22:04 #102
My sums were about the ADDITIONAL money the gov would have to cough up if there were no private schools.
Sorry if I'm missing something here.
19-04-2012 22:09 #103
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19-04-2012 22:16 #106
And as 4underfour has pointed out a few times to you, if the government stopped funding private schools, and all of the private school students went to public schools, the government would have to come up with the extra $$ that the private school parents currently pay because the government pays the private schools less per student than the public schools. How would they come up with the billions in funding? They would increase taxes to everyone.
Again... I fail to see how this is unfair? The government gives, on average, double per student to public schools than they do to private (as 4underfour said - the average works out to be 6k for private and 12k for public). If parents choose to send their child to a private school, they are accepting that they will pay higher fees than a public school. H
ow is it unfair to public schools that they are given DOUBLE the funding? What is your solution to the problem? Do you think private schools should be given nothing at all? Then private school would be so unattainable for everyday families, and most of the private students would move to public schools.... giving the government the problem, again, of having to fund extra to those students, which would put everyone's taxes up to pay for it.
How do you feel about private health, and govt subsidies for private health insurance? Do you also feel that all patients should be public only? Because it would present the same problem in government funding... the private sector in both health and education is vital to the govt in terms of funding. They know they cannot do without it.
19-04-2012 22:34 #107
Even if I won lotto tomorrow, we would stay public. We have small class sizes, special programs for my kids, brilliant teachers, and I support the ideology of public schools. I went to private schools most of my schooling and this just MY opinion, but they really aren't better... or I'll rephrase, the ones I went to weren't. Expensive uniforms, elitist parents (again, the schools I went to, not saying all private are like that) with scores worse than the public.
I think there's bad public, good public. Bad private, good private.
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20-04-2012 04:35 #108
I'm not really saying that there should be no private schools, but I do think the funding needs to be reduced to those schools.
20-04-2012 05:00 #109
I'm a teacher, I am a firm believer in public education. I will not send my children to private school, even though we could afford it. I think education should be fair for everyone, and it's not. If you think it is fair for everyone, perhaps go and read the Gonski Report.
I have private health because I have to at my age, not because I want it. I still had my babies in a public hospital. Do you think access to health is equitable as well? If the previous government under Howard didn't strip Medicare to almost nothing, there'd be no need for private health insurance.
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20-04-2012 05:53 #110
We are not wealthy BUT if we were my children would still get educated in our local primary school. Education is a huge priority for me but I don't see what the private schools offer that public don't in my area that is. When I went to high school there was more fights, drugs one girl even got knocked up on a school excursion in a private school they are in no way more superior,
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