Private schools can be marvellous places to send your children. My sister taught in a male only one and she was a good teacher and well respected and it is an excellent school. While not suitable for everyone, many children receive a first class education at our private schools. All you need as a parent, is the money to pay the fees and for the school I am talking about below, you also probably need to come from the right side of and a reasonable not too far distance from the river. After all, you would not want your child to be a social misfit.
The newish building in the picture above (much of it is underground) caused much botheration when the builder went broke. No doubt it cost the school money and certainly delayed the project.
No sooner had that building been finished and away they went with another, above. Melbourne Grammar School is clearly awash with money and who's money is it? Much of it is parents money but the school is the recipient of a substantial amount of taxpayers money. The amount must be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer's money.
This rot started under Gough Whitlam in the 1970s when he started to give money to catholic schools. Now all private religious schools seem to receive money from taxpayers.
So, should Vietnamese immigrant who gets up at 5.30 in the morning to go to her factory job where she earns a minimal wage and pays her tax be paying for rich people's kiddies wonderful schools? It is morally appalling to me.
The government, through us taxpayers have schools for everyone. The cost to parents is minimal and optional. It is recognised that some are better than others. Unlike when I was a school boy, there is now some choice about what government funded school that you would like to send your children to.
If you want to send your children to a private school, fine. You pay. I don't see why I should. And really, have you seen some of the types who go to private schools now? A pure Anglo Saxon private school has be coming to a posh suburb near you soon.
A massive increase to public funding of private religious schools in our supposedly secular country is just one more reason why PM Howard deserves to lose office and why I have always hated what he stands for.
(Note the bare leaf elms in the pictures. If you go to a government school, you probably have an ugly scrubby Paper Bark tree outside)