Education costs

Education costs

Arnold Jago

An expert panel wants Australian governments to spend $5 billion a year extra on schools with three-quarters of it to go to government schools. The important issue, the panel says, "is not who provides the resources for schooling, but that they are actually provided."

What resources? A computer on every desk? Is that what we mean by resourcing education?

At least as important, perhaps, might be having teachers whose good lives inspire children to be disciplined and God-fearing. If children's greatest needs are spiritual, the most important educational changes needed are ones costing  zero dollars but which entail much self-sacrificing by teachers, parents - and by students themselves.

Church schools should be uniquely examples of getting these priorities right. Are they?

 Mildura, Vic

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