Not much shocks me about politics in Australia but really, I am so astonished that school rankings have been introduced by a Labor Government. This allows parents to compare one school to another and check on the numeric score each school receives. So, you have a choice between St Albans Primary and Melbourne Grammar's Grimwade House and you can compare the scores. Yeah, like anyone who lives in St Albans has that choice. In fact since when did you get a choice of which government school your children attend? You go to the nearest. If you want a different school, you move suburbs. Maybe that has changed.
Unlike private schools, state schools cannot pick and choose from the brightest or the wealthiest. You can take it from me that an area with the lowest income will have the worst school, or at least one ranked the lowest. I would guess half the teachers' work is remedial, social work and discipline. Hopefully there will be enough time left over to teach some sums and words.
Certainly in some circles the question of which school you went to is never far away. Should you have gone to the worst in the state perhaps it is best to invent a well thought out story.
You will have to be a smarter to outfox an employer, so when you go for that important job, have a very well prepared story. Never on any account admit that you went to the lowest ranking school in Australia.
Perhaps there is some really altruistic teachers out there who would choose to teach at the lowest ranking school but surely only with an assurance that it can be removed from the employment history.
This is a load of crap and that it comes from a left faction member, Julia Gillard, and from the Labor Party makes it so much worse.
Oh dear, as I write this, (not sure when I will publish it) Torchwood is on and they need to select 10% of children for sacrifice. How did they select the ten per cent? You guessed it. School League Tables.