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Opinion: Private schools deserve funding as much as public schools

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The Educator | 19 Jul 2016, 09:30 AM Agree 0
It's time to ignore the divisive school funding analysis, says Ross Fox, executive director of the National Catholic Education Commission.
  • Public and Proud | 19 Jul 2016, 06:03 PM Agree 0
    Governments should be funding public education as a matter of responsibility for building a strong democracy, social equity and to support social diversity. Many families choose private schools to separate their children from 'the other' whether it be based on socio economic, religious or aspirational reasons - hardly the right recipe for tolerance and diversity. Public education must remain secular as a separation of state and church/religion. These are fundamentals that have been eroded by lobby groups and political self interest. If people want a religious education for their children take them to Sunday school or Saturday school ... Or pay for it in privately funded private schools. Taxing religious organisations to pay for their schools is another option. No child in Australia should go to a run down school with poor resources while tax dollars go to schools with indoor swimming pools, Hogwart Halls and stables for the dressage ponies. If parents and religious groups want that, pay for it. Neither should the public responsibility to educate children free of any religious doctrine be compromised in any way. The Catholic Church in particular is wealthy enough to ensure the children of their faith are educated within the faith, Monday to Friday, if that is what they want. Entitlement, to privelege, favour or finance, in an age of secularism needs to be reexamined.
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