Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Skewed Society and its School System

It was unsettling to read this morning of a private school in Melbourne buying a suburban residential property for a million dollars above the reserve price. High school tuition at this elite private school starts at $26 000, which is probably one of the reasons they have so much cash to splash around.

$3.2 million ... and their bins look ... ordinary!

Paying almost $1 million above the reserve is one way to keep the riffraff out of the neighbourhood I guess. What really stinks though is that this school, and many other elitist establishments like it still receive money from ordinary folks like you and me in the  form of government handouts.

There was a time in Australia when we used to prioritise funding for schools that had a high index of social disadvantage. There was a noble notion in the air at the time of giving the less-advantaged in society a leg up, the idea being that we'd end up with a better, more prosperous and happier society for all. That was gradually eroded by the same breed of politician that wants to stop marriage equality from happening in this country.

Isn't it time we stopped funding elitist private schools in Australia, especially those that can afford to throw cash around like this?