Amidst the doom & gloom of the financial & housing markets, I thought I’d take a quick stab at the subject that attracted me to Blogocracy (& from there Blogocrats) in the first place… Australia Politics.
Now, I’m not the most informed in the realms of current politics, which was why I started visiting the blogs (so I could be informed by people with more time than I had to chase things down) but, as I understand it, there are a couple of things going on in the Aussie Political Environment worth commenting on other than “financial roonation”.
A resident troll decided that Rudd’s “Education Revolution” was a great topic to distract us from other things and (after I located some Billy Goats Gruff) I thought about what said revolution is currently doing.
My personal experience is only in the primary school sector (as my children are a bit young for high school), but Rudd’s financial stimulus is doing wonders both for the school and the local building companies. My partner in crime (a.k.a. “The Missus”), an active member of our P&C, tells me that we have something along the lines of $3 million coming into our school. This is being used for everything from some much needed classroom upgrading, a decent hall for the school children, and something to do with the computer classroom.
On the other hand, I have heard we have a large drop in the number of places sought after and awarded to our Australian University students. Having alot of faith in at least one of our erstwhile institutions (having attended for an engineering degree), I am somewhat worried by this.
And aside from the stimulus money coming in, what has Labour done so far for our education revolution? I’m happy to be getting money for all the school-attending children, and I fully intend to bill ATO for some of a computer purchase I made for the kids. But where is the revolution; because (as the financial doom & gloom threads repeatedly show) “throwing money at things doesn’t fix them”.
So guys, what are your thoughts on Rudd’s Revolution? Was it all hype for a nation weary of Howard’s lack of investment in public schools, or am I missing some important changes that really do change the system for the better?
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