The take home of the article for me was the huge discrepancies in school resources between public and private. It was not that a government should stop any and all funding of private schools. I acknowledge that we can never make it an absolute level playing field for all children but the variation between elite private school (as described in the article) and stock standard state school is nothing short of obscene.
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12-04-2016 05:56 #31
12-04-2016 06:14 #32
Taxpayers fund private school orchestra pits and swimming pools...
I honestly think it's something people who send their kids to the local school give very little thought to. I was on the finance committee at our state school and saw first hand the money being stripped from our budgets yet the vast majority of people had no idea and still voted liberal.
FWIW not everyone who sends their kids to private schools thinks the funding model is even close to fair. We left our state school for many reasons but the lack of funds was a major contributor. My kids were losing out in many ways because resources weren't there.
12-04-2016 06:36 #33
Governments should absolutely fund student education in private schools. Funding capital works and improvements to existing facilities, absolutely not.
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12-04-2016 06:43 #34
12-04-2016 06:46 #35
I know it's not a popular view but I really dont think private schools should get any funding from the government at all. They don't need it! If that funding wasn't given, the school could cut down their capital expenditure or have parents absorb the costs - it wouldn't create a mass exodus from private to public, no chance!
12-04-2016 06:51 #36
Our local public school doesn't have air conditioning in any of the classrooms. Absolutely disgraceful when you consider that the cost of installing them would only be around $250 per student, every 10 years. That's $25 per student per year. I mean really.... 😒
12-04-2016 06:58 #37
12-04-2016 07:02 #38
I don't know where I stand on the public funding for private schools - not the low fee schools, but the likes of the schools mentioned in the OP's article - but the argument that I see whenever it's mentioned is that "we pay taxes too, so the government should also subsidise our child's education", usually followed by "if they cut funding for our school, I'll pull my child out of the private school and place a bigger burden on the public school system"...
That mentality really needs to change! While teachers are still having to put their hands on their own pockets to pay for basic supplies, our public school system stinks. If funding was cut from those top schools, chances are your child is still going to have many more perks than those that attend the local public school. The core reasons why you chose a private education are still going to be there, so why is it so important that you receive *your* tax back in education, instead of being happy that it's going to better the future of those that don't have the same opportunities as you?
12-04-2016 07:02 #39
12-04-2016 07:07 #40
What a simplistic view.
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