Getting skooled by the very system our educators aspire to

When we look at what our education system seems to push these days, is it any wonder we get these poor PISA results? Reading 4th in 2003 to 16th in 2018. Reading 11th -> 29th. Science 8th to =15th. Of course, there will be lots of pushback including howls to spend more. In 2013-14 Education spending in Australia was $29.75bn. Last year it was  $34.7bn. Government school spending in 2013-14 was $2.8bn which leapt to $5.1bn in the 2014-15 budget. In 2018-19 it was $7.7bn. No shortage of cash being splurged on education. This figure rises in the forward estimates.

Could it be we need to reexamine the curriculum? Maybe focus less on indoctrination on topics such as climate change, gender fluidity and safe schools programs. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to forgo participation trophies? We’re wrapping our kids in cotton wool which won’t prepare them for the real world.

It wasn’t long ago that Newington College and SCEGGS Darlinghurst allowed kids to go on the school climate strike held at the Domain. How is it that a school that charges up to $34,000 in fees, is prepared to allow kids (with parental permission) to strike? Where is the standard of one set of rules that all must adhere to? Where is the discipline?  At what point will such activism be acceptable to other pet grievances of brain-washed kids, undoubtedly at the behest of teachers pushing their own agendas? Why not teach kids that they can’t just get their way if they protest enough?

So what of the stats? For national ATAR scores, Newington’s rank has slipped from 78th in 2013 to 99th in 2018. SCEGGS Darlinghurst has gone from 23rd to 25th over the same period.

There is a touch of irony that 91% of Chinese students attained national maths proficiency levels vs 54% for Australia. The bigger embarrassment is that our educators don’t even seem to be able to keep up with the very system they aspire to.

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