Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Fix the Schools? No Wukkas

The ALP Federal government is going to save the school system by the tried-and-true method of throwing huge sums of money into a mysterious black hole. Out of the other end of this hole will emerge a magnificent, glittering, internationally competitive school system that will be the envy of less blessed nations. 

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, because actually you have heard this one before. Here are some of the other ways in which the current Federal government has helped to solve the school system’s problems:

Project: Building the Education Revolution, $16.2 billion
Impact on educational outcomes: Unknown.

Project: Building 3742 school libraries in the last 3 years (as part of BER), $4 billion
Impact on educational outcomes: Library closures as schools move to virtual libraries.

Project: One Laptop Per Child project 2012 Federal grant, $11.7million
Impact on educational outcomes: No published evaluations available.

Project: Labor’s ‘literacy and numeracy partnership’ (4 years), $540 million
Impact on educational outcomes: No measurable improvements in either literacy or numeracy.

Project: Solar panels for school roofs, $324 million
Impact on educational outcomes: Unknown.

More to come at Quadrant Online.




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