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10. You seem to be staunchly against specialist schools like charter schools and even private schools. Shouldn’t parents have the right to do best by their child, and be less concerned about the plight of other less fortunate children?

10. You seem to be staunchly against specialist schools like charter schools and even private schools. Shouldn’t parents have the right to do best by their child, and be less concerned about the plight of other less fortunate children?

Answer

You’d have a point if there was any evidence that these specialist schools are producing better overall results for their students. There is no such evidence. There is however strong evidence that ghetto-ising the residual schools is doing real damage to the students there, entrenching disadvantage and raising the costs to society of the rising inequality that results. There is a case for specialist schools or at least classes for children with special needs, or for children of various ethnic communities. But the trend under Tomorrow’s Schools of “affluent flight” shows no benefit and plenty of costs.

As for charter schools, they could easily be accommodated within the state system – there is no need for them to sit outside. 

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    • Matt Walkington
      commented 2017-02-19 17:53:49 +1300
      Charter schools, privatisation and national standards are part of a sinister and cynical neoliberal strategy to render ineffective and gradually defund state education. These policies can be dressed up all kinds of ways. But once we’re clear about the motivation behind them we can easily understand why the “ghetto-ising [] schools”, “entrenching disadvantage”, increased costs to society and rising inequality are not problems at all to the neoliberal policy meisters. If we lived in a functioning democracy, we would not have taken even initial steps into this abyss.
    • Ralph Martin
      commented 2017-02-19 13:37:03 +1300
      Yep looks goof. I would like to go back to old system – get rid of school boards & have Education Deotment more involved – it must cost alot of money running these waste of time school boards.