My DD is a year two in a two/three split and DS1 is in pre-primary and just by being a helper doing daily reading, lunch mum and maths games, my eyes have been opened. There's a child in DS1's class who gets nothing for lunch and she has a full mouth of rotten teeth.
I compare that to my two, who have been read to every night of their lives, they are loved, encouraged and supported and they're thriving.
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24-09-2013 22:03 #341Senior Member
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24-09-2013 22:08 #342
Yes people still do those jobs, and not everyone gets exactly the same amount of money, but things are far more equitable. The social supports are there for everyone, no one begrudges it (not one he knows any way). He said that they look at it as an embarrassment for their country to leave people behind.
24-09-2013 22:09 #343
@Sonja I agree with what you're saying, but we should at least admit that not everyone gets equal opportunities!
Oh and there are downsides to Scandinavia. My cousin has just moved home from Sweden and agreed with me that many Scandinavians are incredibly insular and don't cope when their homogenous utopian bubble is infiltrated. I also don't think the sort of socialist leftie feel good policies that work so well in Scandinavia would have a chance in Australia. Australians are too questioning of authority, too happy to turn a blind eye to anti social behaviour. especially things like fare evasion and cheeky tax evasions- that stuff would be heavily frowned upon in Scandinavia whereas here it's sort of seen as fair game.
And now we are way way waaay off track!
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24-09-2013 22:14 #344
Ok staying completely off topic, what's with all the "@ insert name of member" suddenly appearing? I feel so behind!
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I still can't work out how to do it (damn you sleep deprivation) and I haven't received emails saying I've been tagged??
25-09-2013 00:04 #350
But they can only do so much with the funds the school has. When children from a private school or a public of high income come to school with full bellies, nutritious lunches to keep their attention, their parents donate plenty to fund raising so the school can buy better books/subsidise excusions, they pay for private tutors.... then you compare that against a family who don't give their kids breakfast and a whole day of food consists of a packet of chips. The parents can't afford to donate to fundraising. They can't afford voluntary fees. They don't read to their kids nor place an emphasis on learning since their parents didn't..... do you really think children in these 2 examples are on an equal footing to get the best education?
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