The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

RICHARD: Libs should have stuck to “bet­ter teach­ers, bet­ter cur­ricu­lum, more au­ton­omy” mes­sage (“Mi­randa Devine: Teach­ers, not funds, will fix school fail­ure rates”, 7/5). But that was too hard so they have be­come La­bor lite and fright­ened the Catholics. Bril­liant, eh? MARK: There’s noth­ing wrong with our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. No­tice how well Asian chil­dren — mi­grant or born here — ex­cel. An Aussie at­ti­tude ad­just­ment is what’s re­quired. JEF­FREY: The ed­u­ca­tion fix seems sim­ple. Send some­one with a brain (not an ide­o­logue) to Kaza­khstan to find out the cost per stu­dent per year, class sizes and the num­ber of hol­i­days they have. It would also be of in­ter­est to see if they have pe­riph­eral stud­ies like the Safe Schools. Once we have that in­for­ma­tion we can then copy their suc­cess­ful for­mula here. JOEL: We keep go­ing on about non-as­sim­i­la­tion and yet we fund all th­ese mi­nor­ity schools. Let’s just have one school sys­tem funded by the gov­ern­ment for all Aus­tralians with no mi­nor­ity or re­li­gious in­ter­fer­ence, then maybe we will get rid of the the­mand-us (“Catholic fees to rise by $5000”, 7/5). MATTHEW: Tax­pay­ers who choose not to send their chil­dren to pri­vate schools should not be forced to sub­sidise those who do. If you want to utilise the pri­vate school sys­tem, that’s per­fectly fine. How­ever, tax­pay­ers should not be forced to sub­sidise your choice. Be­sides, pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion doesn’t al­ways equate to bet­ter re­sults.

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