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Public schools call private parents stupid.

By johnboy - 23 October 2005 47

It wouldn’t be Sunday without Markus Mannheim making a dickhead out of himself in the Canberra Times.

Today’s semi-comprehensible effort leads by saying “STATE school bodies have challenged Canberrans”. Which is odd as we’re a territory.

A long way down the page the accuser of the allegedly brain dead private school parents is revealed as the president of the ACT Council of Parents & Citizens Associations, Jane Gorrie.

The gist of the story is that the public sector schools resent people choosing to pay huge sums of their own money to have their kids out of the free system.

As long as they keep thinking it’s stupidity driving this trend I suspect it will continue.

What’s Your opinion?


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47 Responses to
Public schools call private parents stupid.
Smackbang 10:20 am 24 Oct 05

simto, you’re right. They are commonly called state schools because they are run by THE STATE (as in “the Government”). Johnboy, it has nothing to do with state in the sense of “State / Territory”. The Macquarie Dictionary confirms this: a state school is a school maintained at public expense for the education of the children and youth of a community or district, as part of a system of public, free education.

There’s no reason the ACT public schools could not be referred to as state schools.

Thumper 10:14 am 24 Oct 05

I should have added that States have seperate BGAs for Catholic and Independent.

Thumper 10:13 am 24 Oct 05

Catholic and Independent schools are actually different. They are by definition, non State schools, ie, they are funded by government.

Catholic and Independent schools in the ACT come under an overarching body called the ACT Block Grant Authority although Catholic schools also come under their parish, whatever they may be.

Jey 9:52 am 24 Oct 05

Kerces and I both went to public schools and I’ve just about finished my uni degree and Kerces is doing super well in her double journalism-arts degree.
I don’t think it really makes much of difference what school you go to, if you are determined not to get an education then you won’t.

Jey 9:52 am 24 Oct 05

Kerces and I both went to public schools and I’ve just about finished my uni degree and Kerces is doing super well in here double journalism-arts degree.
I don’t think it really makes much of difference what school you go to, if you are determined not to get an education then you won’t.

Michael Cheese 9:45 am 24 Oct 05

Ok, ok, ok. The $2 shop WAS a being a bit optimistic…

LurkerGal 9:40 am 24 Oct 05

Steady on Cheese. That’s a very sweeping generalisation you are making there.

Michael Cheese 9:33 am 24 Oct 05

The reason parents send their children to private schools is because the public schools are bogan breeding grounds where the best hope after year 9 is to get the Howard baby bonus or alternatively get a job at the $2 shop in Tuggeranong and work your way up to middle management.

bonfire 9:31 am 24 Oct 05

its an absolute disgrace that parents should have some say in where their kids are educated and socialised. it would be much better if there was no choice, then all could be educated to the one low standard.

in this ideological battle, do they count catholic schools as independent ?

Michael Cheese 9:30 am 24 Oct 05

sdf

simto 8:31 am 24 Oct 05

I was under the impression that “State schools” were so-called because they were owned by THE State, not by States, per se.

Then again, I could be wrong.

Thumper 7:54 am 24 Oct 05

I notice that they were blaming ‘idealistic parents’ or something like that.

So its the parents fault for sending their kiddies to private schools?

Scuse while I laugh….

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 10:02 pm 23 Oct 05

“It wouldn’t be Sunday without Markus Mannheim making a dickhead out of himself in the Canberra Times.”

It wouldn’t be a normal sunday if I read the Sunday Canberra Times…I don’t mind the weekday editions, but the weekends irk me, especially the Sunday version…it just doesn’t feel right to me…then again, I’m odd.

johnboy 10:00 pm 23 Oct 05

It’s what they’re commonly known as when they’re run by States.

Which they are not in this case.

Kerces 9:57 pm 23 Oct 05

“State schools” is what public sector schools are commonly known as, whether they’re in a state or a territory. Though I’ve always called them government schools; the state label may possibly have come from the US.

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