AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS - D.O.G.S.
PRESS RELEASE 55#.
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PUBLIC EDUCATION DAY AND COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC EDUCATION TEST.
Congratulations to New South Wales Teachers Federation on their promotion of Public Education Day.
In New South Wales public education has been unambiguously promoted by
The New South Wales Minister for Education, John Watkins
The Director of Education, Ken Boston
Academics like Professor Vinson
The New South Wales teachers in primary, secondary and TAFE sectors
They organised a Public Education Dinner, a radio publicity campaign and even a few political supporters
The New South Wales Teachers Federation inform us on their website that the Public Education Dinner held at Parliament House on May 22 was a "defining moment in the history of public education."
Contrast the above with Victoria. There was an Education week, but the uninitiated would have assumed that this celebrated private as well as public schools. There was no promotion of Public Education as such by the Minister of Education, Lyn Kosky, and certainly no definition of its crucial part in our civil democratic society.
Many local schools were scarcely aware of Education Week, let alone Public Education Day. Teachers were too busy with their everyday tasks
DOGS promoted it on their 3CR Radio program, but where was the Victorian branch of the Australian Teachers Union?
DOGS however, noted that there was an advertisement in the Weekend Australian (May 25/26) for a Director of Catholic Education which stipulated "a strong commitment to the teachings and practice of the Catholic Faith " and the requirement of "an exemplary career in Catholic Education."
DOGS suggests that it is time for a seven part public education commitment test for any job in public education. In summary this eight part test is:
Commitment to the strongest possible public education system
Commitment to sending one's child to a public school at all levels
No membership of private school councils
No private school apparatchiks fleeing that system
Commitment to public education must have precedence over:
a) party/political ambitions
b) own ego
c) career prospects
d) particular party/political success
e) decision making processes rather than objectives (committee addicts)
6. Commitment shown by past actions and words
7. Commitment to the future of public education in word and deed.
When DOGS talk about public education it is not a hybrid system proposed by Victorian academics or certain union leaders. The public universal education system which should be supported is one which was introduced by the free, secular and compulsory acts in the nineteenth century. It can be defined as :
public in purpose
public in benefit
public in access ( to pupils, teachers, administrators, parents )
public in accountability
public in control
public in ownership
public in funding.
and which is available to all children regardless of their geographical situation - country or city.
If you have a message for supporters of public education:
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(03) 9326 9277 or Fax: (03) 9326 9180
P.O. BOX 4869
Melbourne Victoria Australia 3001
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