Conski 2.0

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Your Weekly Dose of Common Sense is a little late today because we are in the midst of debating the government’s proposed education funding Bill. There is talk of all sorts of deals being cooked up between the Greens, One Nation, Xenophon and the Liberal Party. However it ends up, this Bill signals the abandonment of principle within the once proud Liberals. They are now doing exactly what they rightly condemned when Labor were in government.

Back then, Labor announced a Gonski 1.0 education package that spent very little whilst they were in power but promised to spend up big in five years’ time. They sought to bind future parliaments to finding billions of dollars to fund Labor promises. Gonski 1.0 was a sham then and rightly criticised as a ‘pie in the sky’ promise by considered minds. I called it Conski 1.0.

Now, the Liberals are promising their own version of Labor’s policy with the selling point of ‘its it’s slightly less bad than the other team!’ It still promises huge amounts of money over the next decade whilst delivering very little money under this government’s watch.

Importantly, the cash splash thrown at the education system has no accountability. It isn’t dependent on schools improving educational outcomes for students or improving our plummeting international rankings in terms of science or math. It is simply a guarantee of more money regardless of performance. There isn’t even a requirement that it be spent on education – it can be applied to whatever scheme, agenda or bureaucracy a school decides.

For those who have fought so hard against the indoctrination of our children through programs like the misnamed Safe Schools initiative, I say “look out, you ain’t seen nothing yet!”

If this Bill passes it will literally be an education free-for-all dominated by the militant Australian Education Union and ideological warriors in State and Federal education departments.

Our children deserve better. They deserve an education that will equip them with the foundational learning critical to our future. The ability to be literate and numerate to an internationally competitive standard. An understanding of the importance of the underpinnings of Western Civilisation, our history, democratic traditions and the need to defend them all to conserve our way of life. I respectfully submit that gender theory, climate change alarmism and the black armband view of Australian history can be omitted from the curriculum in favour of reading, writing, maths and science.

Now I note that there will be winners and losers from this Bill and there are strong public voices as a result. However, silencing the most strident voices shouldn’t be the goal of policy. It has to be built around meaningful outcomes and getting good value for taxpayers’ money.

This Bill does neither and accordingly it doesn’t have my support. I know there is a better way.

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  • followed this page 2017-08-02 12:50:28 +0930
  • commented 2017-07-26 18:18:33 +0930
    Number 1: confuse as many kids as possible,
    Number 2: Put them in a box and label them, before they have a chance to grow out of any phase in the normal course of growing up.
    Number 3: If you daughters are uncomfortable with boys using their toilets, or boys wearing their uniforms, then that’s their bad luck for being so intolerant.
  • followed this page 2017-07-20 17:03:26 +0930
  • commented 2017-07-19 21:27:41 +0930
    While we have seen massive increases in expenditure on education over the last ten years, and the result has been a dramatic decline in educational standards. It is not difficult to realise that the money is being wasted in political correctness.
  • commented 2017-07-13 21:31:39 +0930
    Our children deserve much better. Schools need to focus on educating children and not changing what they teach and how they teach because of political point scoring.
  • followed this page 2017-07-13 21:00:16 +0930
  • commented 2017-07-10 11:49:29 +0930
    I do not think that throwing money at education is the right approach. Surely we can learn from those nations that are successful at education so that we can do it more efficiently and successfully. We will never reduce Australia’s debt if we continue to increase spending in health and education as if budgets did not matter