In May, I received the latest edition of the ‘The Butler Bulletin’ in the mail from my local Federal MP Terri Butler. The lead article was about how terrible the Federal Budget was and that the Prime Minister is cutting funding to schools so that he can give tax cuts to ‘big business’. The style of writing is somewhere between a Maurice Blackburn lawyer, a GetUp! activist and an indoctrinated primary school student. Scary numbers and buzz words are splashed around to elicit all the right emotional responses from the fan base. The main photo is of an innocent looking student looking out at us with a pencil in her hand. The imagery pleads ‘help protect me from the evil PM’ with the red filter adding to the sense of danger. ‘$22 Billion Cut From Schools’!!! ‘Big Business’!!! See how scary that sounded? Fortunately for the terrorised students of Australia, … Read the rest
Australia has just had another Federal election where education was a major policy issue. Voters had a choice between two parties both promising to implement the increased funding outlined in the Gonski review. The only difference between the two were the rate at which funding for education would increase, but, what if there was a real alternative for libertarians and conservatives to consider. Is it time for an libertarian education revolution?
The current education revolution dates back to Rudd/Gillard government and the commissioning of the Gonski review. This was in response to Australia’s relative decline in international PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) rankings. Australia has traditionally performed exceptionally well in this ratings, but much like our recent performance at the Olympics, our relative rating has been dropping. In 2000, only one country outperformed Australia in reading and scientific literacy, and only two outperformed Australia in mathematical literacy. But by … Read the rest