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In short, if we were serious about education, then our education discussion wouldn’t be focused on demonizing teachers and coming up with radical schemes to undermine traditional public schools. It would instead be focused on mounting a new war on poverty and thus directly addressing the biggest education problem of all.
I have a suggestion for Australian Education Union Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos and Federal Secretary Susan Hopgood.
Organise a general strike to defend public education. Threaten to shut down all the public schools from the first day of term 1 in 2014. You have 2 months to build the campaign and win the support of teachers across Australia to strike if the Abbott government doesn’t back down. Get cracking.
I have a suggestion for teachers. Irrespective of what your leaders do, organise a general strike to defend public education.
By launching at this school Abbott was sending a clear message to the education reactionaries and homophobes across the country – it will be open slather on quality education and gays under a Liberal government. It is time to divorce state funding from schools of hate.
The last few decades have seen governments wage war on our universities writes Declan Murphy in Socialist Alternative. We need a different path – one in which education is a right and where learning is valued as a social good.
To roll back the attacks on higher education we need more than a defensive campaign Cat Rose argues in Socialist Alternative. Cat is the Queer Officer in the National Union of Students, and an activist in the NSW Cross-Campus Education Action Network. She is a student at UNSW.
Labor values: $3 bn for drones but even greater poverty for single parents and big cuts for Universities
Funding the defence killing machine; attacking workers and the poor – these are Labor’s real values; these are Labor’s priorities.
Finally, after two years of campaigning and a series of record-breaking strikes, the Australian Education Union and the Victorian Government have struck a deal. There’s some good news, and plenty of bad writes AEU delegate Manolya Moustafa in Socialist Alternative. So bad in fact that AEU members should vote against accepting this agreement.
Our message to Gillard should be “Too little, too late. Now tax the miners to fund public education.” And to our own union leaders, “Stop being sucks for Labor. They’ve screwed us yet again.
One billion of the Gonski funding will go to rich private schools. Presumably more tennis courts at Grammar are a higher priority for Labor than adequate lecture theatres at University. If students and staff can fight for free education in other countries we can fight back against the latest higher education atrocity that Labor is unleashing against its own base. Tax the rich to make higher education free.