In this podcast, we debate Gonski: Notwithstanding David Gonski's argument that his report is impartial and balanced, it's clear that it embraces a cultural-left, deficit view of education; one that justifies compensating government schools and their communities at the expense of non-government school parents.
The arguments that "differences in wealth, income, power or possessions" should not be allowed to influence a student's performance and that education must provide "equity of outcomes" echo the misplaced Fabian ideal of equality of outcomes championed by Victoria's one-time premier and education minister Joan Kirner.
Some years ago, in a Victorian Fabian Society booklet on education, Kirner argued that education had to be, "part of the socialist struggle for equality, participation and social change, rather than an instrument of the capitalist system".
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