Tim Lambert over at Deltoid has been monitoring The Australian’s “War on Science” for several years now. The paper’s editor, Chris Mitchell is notorious for his partisan views on the science.
But it’s not just climate science The Oz is “at war” with.
It would appear anything that punctures the comfortable world view of rich, elderly Anglo-Saxon males simply has to be denied.
And not just denied it has to be shouted down as simply “not true”. Viz today’s front page of The Oz and it’s coverage of the issue de jour, school funding:
PRIVATE schools spend about the same amount of money teaching their students as government schools, with the first national figures on school finances revealing the extra money raised in private fees is spent on buildings, sporting grounds and other facilities.
Details of the financial resources available to the nation’s 9500 schools will be published for the first time on the My School website today.
They show a wide disparity in the money spent in individual schools, ranging from $3000 a student up to $150,000 for a special needs pupil.
Actually the figures below reveal, private schools are better funded to the tune of thousands of dollars per student.
Where’s a good anti-government libertarian when you need one?
The Oz reproduces this graph:
Note the Federal level of funding for private schools… where are all those libertarians (I’m looking at you IPA) when you need them huh?
I mean look at all that tax payer money supporting a system that is all about consumer choice!
Oh wait, that’s right.
All those libertarians are products of those schools receiving generous Federal government support.
The Institue of Public Affairs, is the think tank that both promotes climate denial has also historically rushed to defend government spending on private schools:
If the Greens wield their newfound political muscle to push school funding policy in their preferred
direction, such a scenario would be highly detrimental to the broader interests of Australian education.
Catholic and independent schools provide a quality, values based education that is highly responsive to the educational needs of students and parental choices.
Reducing public funding by the amount envisaged by the Greens would restrict the choice of nongovernment schooling to all but the wealthiest Australian parents.
It’s the conservatives dirtly little secret: they hate government if it inteferes with their desire to minimise their tax or tells them they cant simply pollute the planet.
But cash for schools, so less money comes out their pockets?
Don’t ask, don’t tell hey?
I guess we can summarise The Oz’s attitude towards the public school system:
“Let them eat cake”
The Age spells it out
The Age (Fairfax) plays up the discrepancies:
Lid lifted on private school cash
INDEPENDENT schools in Victoria are the best resourced schools in Australia, according to data to be published for the first time today on the Gillard government’s controversial My School website.
The website, which is being relaunched today after an aborted start last year, will show that Victoria’s independent schools operate on an average of $15,201 per student.
This is more than any school sector – government, independent or Catholic – in any other state or territory.
It is also vastly more, on average, than the resourcing available to government schools in Victoria. When government grants, fees and charges and other income are all taken into account, Victorian government schools operate on an average of $10,178 per student – or about two-thirds of what the independents have.
Catholic schools in Victoria run on even less – an average of $9300 per student.
The publication of detailed financial information on each of the nation’s 10,000 or so schools is likely to reignite fierce debate about school funding, as businessman David Gonski conducts a review of existing federal funding arrangements.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has predicted the publication of the data will ”smash to the ground” preconceptions about education, while Schools Minister Peter Garrett said yesterday the revamped site would be a ”game-changer” in the debate
Even the HUN can see funding is an issue!
The Herald Sun, like The Oz is a New Corp publication. But true to form, it goes for the tabloid angle and declares the discrepancy as “class war”:
MASSIVE inequalities in spending on students have been exposed on the new My School website.
Money spent on students can vary by tens of thousands of dollars.
The Gillard Government’s controversial website – relaunched today – reveals for the first time that the average Australian school gets $11,262 for every student it teaches.
Raw figures suggest that spending on students can vary from $3000 to $150,000, but this is not a measure of wealth: it costs more to educate high needs students.
But nevertheless there are big disparities.
Many battling schools are forced to make do with less than half the money per student enjoyed by their counterparts.
Actual average income for state schools is $11,100, Catholic schools $10,000 and private schools $13,700.
The funding of private schools by both Federal and State show a clear discrepancy. Hell, if even the HUN can see it’s an issue then there must be a little truth to the claim.
The Oz: see no evil, tell no evil.
The Oz simply won’t accept there is an issue based on the figures alone. There does not appear to be a single issue this paper does not filer through an ideological filter.
The Australian aspires to be the nation’s paper of record.
However, what all it does is record is the prejudices of its editor Chris Mitchell.
At the very least Mr Mitchell is doing future historians a huge favour who will no doubt muse to themselves:
“Seriously, people believed that shit back then? No wonder it was hard to get consensus on anything with such misinformation being pushed!”