SO­CIAL­IST AL­LIANCE

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

More schools are needed right across Aus­tralia, both in ar­eas with high pop­u­la­tion growth and also ar­eas not con­sid­ered so, but which nonethe­less ex­pe­ri­ence over­crowded class­rooms and in­suf­fi­cient re­sources.

Let's ac­tively look at de­creas­ing class sizes to give each stu­dent more at­ten­tion. The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment should im­me­di­ately in­crease the amount of taxes levied against big busi­ness in Aus­tralia, and make sure they pay it.

From pre-pri­mary to univer­sity, ed­u­ca­tion needs to be a pri­or­ity; it needs to be free, high qual­ity and ac­ces­si­ble to all. Stu­dents per­form best when they're pas­sion­ate about the course­work and not over­worked. Fin­land has the world’s best ed­u­ca­tion results and the short­est class week in the OECD, as well as hav­ing no home­work. Many stu­dents at univer­sity, in­clud­ing some in high school, are com­pelled to work ca­sual and part­time jobs while study­ing, over­bur­den­ing those also try­ing to learn. So for those study­ing STEM sub­jects and all oth­ers, we should im­me­di­ately make ed­u­ca­tion at all lev­els free, and crit­i­cally re­flect on what would make learn­ing and more en­gag­ing, en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

Bet­ter funded, smaller class­rooms with sup­ported and en­gaged teach­ing staff would make a huge dif­fer­ence.

Pub­lic fund­ing should be go­ing to pub­lic schools.

We should not ac­cept a two-tiered sys­tem where stu­dents at­tend­ing dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions have bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties or ad­van­tages over oth­ers.

Par­ents should not have to cross the city to give their child a “de­cent chance”.

Nor should ed­u­ca­tion be op­er­ated as a busi­ness, but rather a com­mu­nity ser­vice that pro­vides each stu­dent with holis­tic learn­ing and en­joy­ment. High qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is a right for ev­ery­one.

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