Stop the rot in government schools

The drift to private schools will continue and probably accelerate in Australia. Government school classrooms face the disruption and distraction created by the continuing fragmentation of Australian culture and the increasing dysfunction of Australian families. The history and purpose of private schools substantially insulates and allows the maintenance of internal coherence – often called school “tone”. Nearly all government schools, rather than being nurtured, are continually reorganised, regulated, and standardised by ministers desperate to appease and appear active. A few government schools with selective entry or the right postcode have enough confidence and leadership to follow best practice as recognised by parents and mimic many private school practices. Government schools need many things – local flexibility in finance, organisation and curriculum organisation to match private schools; local community control of the school – not just the fete. Usually, instead of stopping the deep rot, politicians just want another paint job for their term.

Stephen Digby

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