What if last year, your dad Barry – again use some imagination if need be – decided that you didn’t need an iPod.
In fact he couldn’t believe that you’d been trusted with such technology in the first place, and took the iPod away from you.
He felt that there were others who could make much better use of your iPod, despite your favourite Uncle David telling him that taking iPod away from kids wasn’t the thing to be doing right now.
How would you feel then, when Aunty Julia finally persuaded your dad Barry to give you back your iPod.
You’d obviously be happy, but would you feel that Barry was a hero? Would you run around telling anyone who’d listen that your dad Barry was the best!
I doubt it. But this is exactly how Barry O’Farrell has been portrayed in the media for performing exactly the same sleight of hand with education funding.
Last year, the NSW government slashed $1.7billion from the education budget.
Ignoring the irony that he was doing this at a time when David Gonski was making a very well stated case that more money was needed for education from all levels of government.
Fast forward to this afternoon, and I’m reading tweet after tweet and headline after headline praising Barry O’Farrell for signing up to – albeit a watered-down version of – Gonski. Even the teachers unions are smiling!
And you’ll never guess how much the NSW Government have to stump up….
He’s just given us our iPod back, and we’re running around as if it’s the most magnanimous gesture any Premier has ever made.
I’m all for increased spending in education of course. I just dislike politicians using education to score political points. Especially when their policies and actions seems so counterproductive.
Take for example the ludicrous scenario that will see the Federal Government stripping money away from tertiary education to fund schools.
I’ve not had the time to reflect on this properly, but Gonski has – and he no like! He says:
I fervently believe in and will continue to advocate that increases be made in funding the university sector.
If I hear, “We want better teachers” come out of the mouth of a politician again I’ll throw something.
How do you suppose we train these better teachers if we starve the universities of cash?
Maybe we could just put an instructional video up on YouTube. That should do it. That’s 21st Century teaching after all isn’t it?
We want better teachers! Pfft.
We need better politicians!