Caro’s Flotsam & Jetsam: Gonski … income equality … spy tales …

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Jane Caro

Novelist, author and social commentator

The LOLs and reality of education. Oh. My. God. I finished last week’s list of the driftwood that had washed up in the corners of my brain by saying that I had no idea what would end up on the white sands of my next column. What an understatement that turned out to be. If you had told me that I would spend the week in a state of fascinated horror watching Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott turning them inside out and upside down — not once, not twice, but three times — over education funding, I would have laughed at you. And please remember that my respect for these two gentlemen, especially around this topic, was starting from a pretty low base.

Twitter had a field day, so I have two tweets of the week and, unsurprisingly, both of them relate to the Gonski own goal. I chose this one because I think it cuts straight to the heart of what was really driving the behaviour of our Prime Minister and Minister for Education:

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3 thoughts on “Caro’s Flotsam & Jetsam: Gonski … income equality … spy tales …

  1. Cambo

    Our fifteen year old students who didn’t do so well in the recent PISA tests are heirs of the David Kemp and Brendan Nelson so-called “literacy crises”and the policies they mandated for reading instruction after the Nelson’s “National Literacy Inquiry”. The teaching practices mandated in Nelson’s response to the National Inquiry he initiated (“Teaching Reading”) have obviously not been successful. Perhaps it’s time to rethink these methods of teaching?

  2. Steven Grant Haby

    Pyne is gone. Surely he is a liability even by the LNP standards. Also Ian MacDonald slapped down Abbott today. This government is lurching from crisis to crisis. Abbott is probably praying daily to Pell to say ‘please make it go away the pain the pain why can’t we lead normally as we are the born to rule. Monseigneur what am I doing wrong?’
    Idiot and you and Bishop A and B and Pyne and Turnbull and the rest of your lazy incompetent and arrogant rabble.

  3. klewso

    And Patel was a symptom of the Wooldridge-Nelson-Howard education and health experiment.

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