The Canberra Times has a story in which Our Brave Leader tries to ready the community for a round of school closures.
I’m not sure if the Chief Minister, or the Canberra Times, is displaying their ignorance by announcing we need to “grasp the mettle” on this issue. Surely “The nettle” would be more usefully grasped?
In any event are community schools too expensive? Or are we not being given an adequate list of trade-offs? If the public were, for example, given a choice of an arboretum (human rights commissioner?), or a school within walking distance of their home, would they decide they’d like to afford community schools after all? How about corporate sponsorship in exchange for community schools? How about cutting the “multimedia skills” and “outdoor education” from the curriculum?
I’m not saying any of those trade-offs are either good, or the only ones available. I am saying that there appear to be options beyond the ones the government is presenting to us.
UPDATED: The ABC is reporting cautious support for closures from the Teacher’s Union while Jane Gorrie of the P&C remains unconvinced.