Wednesday, February 17, 2010
It never stops at Melbourne Grammar School. Barely before one building project is completed, another starts. Don't let the dry grass and dirt fool you. By the time it is finished, it will be lusciously green. I wonder what is happening up on the hill at the Girls Grammar?
I don't mind the privileged elite in our society having posh schools. If the parents can afford to pay for private education of an extremely high standard with high standard facilities to match, then good luck to them. That is what being rich is all about.
But why should the poorest of poor have their taxes subsidising these institutions for the rich. For that matter, why should the taxpayer subsidise any religious school, be it protestant, catholic, muslim or baptist? Education is a given right in Australia, as it should be. Why do some get inferior education? Why do some get royal education by religious organisations?
A lovely glossy mag was in our paper recently, extolling the virtues of various private schools. It was all very inclusive, ensuring that along with white students, there were mixes of Mediterranean, Asian and Indian. Your immigrants know that by sending their children to such posh schools that they will get a good step up the social and workplace ladder. Such advertising plays on this. I have noted how money grubbing some of my workmates became so that they can afford private education for their children. Shame about speech night when my workmates are asked by their children's friend's parents what their profession is.
Of course what would be brochure for posh private schools be without including McKinnon and Bentleigh State Secondary Schools. Do they need to advertise? Where is Glen Waverley this year? People even move house to be in the right area to go to these schools. I am somewhat mystified that firstly they are allowed to advertise in a commercial brochure and secondly that they need to advertise.
Of course the more the lower classes who send their children to private schools, the more pressure on their social equals to do so as well.
Do we really want a society that has public education for the poor and disadvantaged and a private education for everyone else? You just know where this is going to end up.
I write this with the greatest respect for the many who send their children to public schools and for those who work in them, but even they can't pull up their trousers if they don't have any.