All agree that the educational and political issues David Gonski and his panel must sift through are formidable. Maybe we need to simplify. If you asked an Australian person the following question, how would they likely respond?
Should all Australian children be provided with a high quality education regardless of social background?
The vast majority of Australians would answer with a simple, YES!
Children need a fair start in life, regardless of socio-economic background. This is at the heart of the challenge for the Review of Funding for Schooling panel
as Australia is not successfully providing ‘equity’ of educational outcomes or opportunities for our children and young people. The data shows this clearly and the reports articulate what many Australians see clearly.
The future health of the country will largely be a result of our educational policy and vested interests will need to be a secondary consideration, as politically difficult as this emotive issue may prove to be. Regardless of our varying political beliefs, does anyone disagree with Bob Brown’s 2010 election night statement:
“we will measure everything in this parliament by…the dictum, if it is good for our grandchildren, it is good for us”?
David Gonski and his panel have an awesome responsibility and future generations may reap the benefits of excellent public policy.
Waiting for Gonski (Part 3)
Waiting for Gonski (Part 1)