A letter to the NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli MP about the NSW Government’s education funding priorities (which is basically “Fund private education rorts via cuts to public education”):
I’m writing to you in response to some of the decisions made in relation to education.
I was raised in a small rural town in NSW and public education was critical to the opportunities for anyone growing up in those areas. I was fortunate to have parents that value education (a school teacher and an engineer/scientist) – but for many in rural areas their only exposure to the value of education is via the local public school. The hard working teachers which your govt has sought to reduce pay rises below that of inflation.
You, as a National party member should be announcing funding increases to public education, not the gutting of it as you are currently doing!
Public education services 80% of the aboriginal/TSI community, yet all things being equal – should be around 60%. Yet your govt has announced increases in funding to the private education system at the direct expense of the public system. How is this at all sane?
Public education is the reason we enjoy the standard of living we have today – and you should be showing the guts to stand up for it as education minister.
Please reconsider your current direction of funding inequality and funding an (indirect or directly) racist education system. Private education should not receive money while ever it fails to take a fair share of high needs and aboriginal/TSI kids.
We should be following Finland (the world’s number 1 education system) and not funding private education at all.
Please reconsider your stance and convince the Liberal party to fund public education and stop the diversion of funds to private education – our society will suffer if we neglect public education.
Vow to make NSW public education the best in the world – not subject it to death by a thousand cuts.
Not that I expect to see a reversal of Liberal/National party policy in gutting public education (never mind it’s only the majority of kids.. if they weren’t born to good Christian parents with disposable income to send ’em to private schools – then tough luck!).
Note: Was a little informal with the greeting – I’m usually of the “use official title here” type stuff, but was a bit sloppy. Guess that’s my useless public education that doesn’t deserve funding shining through. My apologies.