AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
PRESS RELEASE 387
SIMON CREAN; NEW EDUCATION MINISTER
A RARE THING IN POLITICS: A GRADUATE OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS
2 July 2010
We have had
an ex-Prime Minister (Rudd) who was not only was a graduate of a country High
School (Nambour). He specifically rejected his earlier years at a conservative
Our new Prime Minister, Julia
Gillard is also a graduate of State primary and secondary schools in
The new federal Minister for
Education, Simon Crean is also a graduate of the public system. Crean is
a Victorian whose electorate is Hotham. He was educated
in public schools, including
Simon Crean who was previously Minister for Trade will take on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Maralyn Parker on her 28 June Blog for the Sydney Telegraph had this perspective on Crean:
Crean has already had a stint as Minister for Employment, Education and Training. This is on his website about his achievements back then:
From December 1993 until March 1996, Simon was Minister for Employment, Education and Training. In that role he had primary responsibility for developing and implementing the four-year Working Nation jobs and training strategy, an initiative focused on ensuring everyone who was out of work, especially the long-term unemployed, could receive the training and assistance they needed to get back into the workforce. He was also responsible for policy relating to higher education, schools and vocational education.
His previous experiences as Minister for Science and Technology will probably be useful for him in getting his head around the Digital Education Revolution. However there are cracks appearing in that too as far as NSW goes. I am getting reports that many teachers are not taking to using laptops in their Year 9 classes in NSW, and those that are enthusiastic have to battle constantly with issues with the DET portal.
Gillard has made a safe decision as far as the Employment and Workplace Relations goes. But is it a good choice for Education?
The Education Revolution, already losing its gloss, will need some mighty attention from the Labor veteran Crean. The Building the Education Revolution has cracks appearing, especially in NSW where more and more schools are coming forward with complaints and concerns.
Also the teacher unions are gearing up for another confrontation over the My School website. A symposium hosted by the national teacher union and the primary and secondary principal organisations is planned for next month - to deliver “advice for ministers and ACARA”.
If ever there was a time to pay attention to Education is it now. I am disappointed Gillard has not given the portfolio to someone as a stand alone responsibility.
I would say many educators would have liked one of those new young faces ( especially from NSW ) take on the Education portfolio. I guess we will have to wait until after the election. If Gillard is PM I have no doubt there will be a rethink of ministerial roles.
DOGS note that political leaders like Rudd, Gillard and Crean who owe so much to the public system of education should first repay their debt by taking on the aggressive greed of the sectarian school interests
Ø Is Crean prepared to appoint more public school representatives on the Funding Review Committee?, The percentage of children in public schools throughout the nation ashould at least be represented rather than have three to one member ranged against them?
Is Crean prepared to abandon the MySchool website and abolish
Ø Is Crean going to ask the Review of the Building the Education Revolution to examine the outrageous expenditure of public money on wealthy sectarian schools that are already over-resourced?
DEFEND PUBLIC EDUCATION AND STOP STATE AID TO PRIVATE RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS.
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