If you are one of the deluded who believe that the education of children is the responsibility of the government, then you would no doubt applaud the latest Gonski report.
But if you believe that parents are responsible for educating their children, then let me cut to the chase: the entire Gonski program is nothing more than smoke and mirrors over ‘education’ and is mostly about shifting responsibility for children from parents to the state.
I’m not sure whether it does this by sheer stupidity or by design, although I’d bet on the latter. But, regardless, that is what Gonski is really all about.
And it does this two ways.
The first report demanded a massive increase in government funding for education. Under the scheme, even private educational institutions ‘win’ but all this does is essentially ensure that they become ‘contractors’ of the state education system.
Gonski might look like a massive sugar hit but the truth is that it is a hostile takeover by government of private schools.
Of course, more government funding for education means more taxes which means parents have less money to do the educating themselves.
Gonski Part One shifts the financial burden on parents from one where they incurred expenses for their children’s education to one where they wear the tax burden to pay for the state’s educational program.
To put it another way, parents are no longer working to educate their children. They are working to pay for the state to educate their children.
That’s a big difference.
The second report (which comes out today) is even worse, as described by the ABC this morning:
Mr Gonski’s second major review into Australian education said the country must urgently modernise its industrial-era model of school education and move towards individualised learning for all students.
The report was commissioned by the Federal Government last year after the passage of its amended schools funding legislation.
It says too many Australian children are failing to reach their potential at school because of the restrictive nature of year-level progression.
The code words here for ‘RUN IT IS A MASSIVE TRAP’ are ‘individualised learning’.
Nature understands that children need individual care and attention. That’s why God has given every single one of us a mum and a dad.
Parents are the best and most efficient providers of individualised learning for children.
They also tend to get in the way of centralised bureaucrats who think their Canberra-based committee knows best about the ‘life’ and ‘social’ skills that little Johnny and Mary need.
So it comes as no surprise that the latest Gonski report, instead of identifying the bleeding obvious (which is that centralised state control of education is failing our students) has instead hatched a plan to get rid of pesky parents.
It proposes to replace them with the teachers’ union who will be given the responsibility of providing ‘individualised’ care and attention to our children.
As a plan, it will never work. These plans have been tried all over the world since Pontius was a co-pilot and they always fail. But it hasn’t stopped tin pot dictators attempting to make them work at the point of a gun.
The real tragedy is that even the least brutal attempts to enforce these plans create misery.
At the very least, until Gonski goes, the financial burden on parents is going to have to shift again.
They are no longer working to educate their children.
Indeed, they will soon no longer even be working to pay for the government to educate their children.
Instead, they will be working to pay for the government to raise their children.
And that is something very different again.
The essence of Gonski should never be forgotten. It is a program steeped in a philosophy that believes the state, rather than parents, should be mum and dad for our kids.