School choice is not just keeping the faith

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At Eddie Sharp’s Jewish high school, certain foods were contraband. ”We’d skip school to run to the 7-Eleven to get a sausage roll … it was a really rebellious thing to do,” Sharp says.

Though this act of culinary defiance broke the school rules, he wasn’t betraying any faith by gobbling pork-filled treats.

Sharp, now 30, was an atheist teenager and had atheist parents.

He had originally attended an Anglican boys’ school, but got into trouble often and was eventually expelled.

His parents then chose The Emanuel School in Randwick simply because they thought he would be better off there than any of the other local schools.

”As soon as I went to Emanuel, because it was so small and there were girls there, I became more focused … it was a great school to go to,” he says.

Having no religious conviction is increasingly common in Australia. A record 22 per cent of the country indicated as much in the 2011 census.

Yet the popularity of religious schools is increasing. Enrolments in independent and Catholic schools are growing faster than at public schools, increasing by about 1.8 per cent in 2012, compared with 1.2 per cent for public schools, according to recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

”It’s one of the great paradoxes of Australian education,” says Dr Helen Proctor, from the University of Sydney. ”We’re one of the least-religious nations in the world, yet we have this large and increasing attendance of children in religious schools.”

Written By: Josephine Tovey, Georgina Mitchell
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7 COMMENTS

  1. Follow where the governments of all stripes are plonking the cash. They are seriously under investing in state education and giving money to private schools where money is not needed. It is one of the most sick and disgusting things in this country…

  2. New Zealand Government is introducing ‘charter schools’ – From what I’m hearing they’ll be publicly funded for private ‘special interest’ purposes. They won’t be accountable for the bulk of their curriculum, and we can expect a generation seeded with nutty creationist, zealous religious – of every variant, or other obscure sets of beliefs. Shame.

  3. In reply to #2 by HowieHam:

    New Zealand Government is introducing ‘charter schools’ – From what I’m hearing they’ll be publicly funded for private ‘special interest’ purposes. They won’t be accountable for the bulk of their curriculum, and we can expect a generation seeded with nutty creationist, zealous religious – of every variant, or other obscure sets of beliefs. Shame.

    If you can lobby against that then do so with all your might. Two years ago our newly elected Tory Govt introduced similar legislation. Free schools, state funded, state money but a complete removal of state control or guidelines. Basically if you wanted to open a school you could. A hell of a lot of the applicants were not only religious but from the extreme margins of religion. So much so that we’ve had to introduce ad hoc additions to the legislation to prevent creationism being taught at all!

    Our state schools are being ‘encouraged’ to leave the control of the state and become state funded but indendent academies. Freed from state control their governors have a far greater say in the curriculum than they’ve ever had in the past. In fact they had none in the past. Who knows how long it’ll be before the religious, creationist loonies jump on that bandwagon.

    They are sucking vast sums of money from the regulated state sector. Most disturbing of all the last leaked memo from the moron that is our education minister is the desire to allow all these free schools and academies to be profit making i.e. privatisation of education.

  4. In reply to #3 by atheistengineer:

    If you can lobby against that then do so with all your might. Two years ago our newly elected Tory Govt introduced similar legislation. Free schools, state funded, state money but a complete removal of state control or guidelines. Basically if you wanted to open a school you could. A hell of a lot of the applicants were not only religious but from the extreme margins of religion. So much so that we’ve had to introduce ad hoc additions to the legislation to prevent creationism being taught at all!

    They are sucking vast sums of money from the regulated state sector. Most disturbing of all the last leaked memo from the moron that is our education minister is the desire to allow all these free schools and academies to be profit making i.e. privatisation of education.

    The UK has “Gove almighty” and all his blunderfull works!
    He is a typical Tory twit “who knows all about education” because he has been to school.
    The strategy is nothing new. Tory governments have been consistently neglecting, cutting funding, and disparaging state education for years. Most of the ultra-wealthy who they represent, do not use state education for their children, and care nothing about it.

    To them it is a dumping ground for problems they don’t want affecting their children’s schools. They also regard cutting education budgets as saving taxes which can be diverted into tax cuts for the rich – not to mention sabotaging the education of children who might compete with their own from elite schools.

    The usual political trick is to cover-up budget-cuts and neglect, by creating a few lavish gimmick-schools, that hold the attention of the media and distract from the general neglect.
    If some evanginuts want to buy some children’s minds to reduce taxes – business is business and executive bonuses are executive bonuses! – There could even be some votes in it!

    Those who remember UK “Thatcher education” will know of the “multitude of buckets under holes in the roofs”, funding of schools, while Kenneth Baker was “ratcheting up standards”(allegedly)!

  5. Dear Alan4d. My wife recently heard from her contact up in Glasgow, that the so called, “Muslim school” – the biggest, staff/pupil segregated in ‘bonnie’ Scotland – will now NOT open. Local community activists kicked up hell apon hearing the dreadful news that the ‘Glasgow Community Education Committee’ had the authority to sell off one of its derelict, stonebuilt schools to a private, Islamic “cabal”. Her friends spotted 3 imams in long black beards wearing pure white attire viewing the property – which was to be sold for about £250k!. (re – ‘Southside News’ article). Hip, hip, HOORAY :) m In reply to #4 by Alan4discussion:

    In reply to #3 by atheistengineer:

    If you can lobby against that then do so with all your might. Two years ago our newly elected Tory Govt introduced similar legislation. Free schools, state funded, state money but a complete removal of state control or guidelines. Basically if you wanted to open a school you could. A hell of a lot of the applicants were not only religious but from the extreme margins of religion. So much so that we’ve had to introduce ad hoc additions to the legislation to prevent creationism being taught at all!

    They are sucking vast sums of money from the regulated state sector. Most disturbing of all the last leaked memo from the moron that is our education minister is the desire to allow all these free schools and academies to be profit making i.e. privatisation of education.

    The UK has “Gove almighty” and all his blunderfull works!
    He is a typical Tory twit “who knows all about education” because he has been to school.
    The strategy is nothing new. Tory governments have been consistently neglecting, cutting funding, and disparaging state education for years. Most of the ultra-wealthy who they represent, do not use state education for their children, and care nothing about it.

    To them it is a dumping ground for problems they don’t want affecting their children’s schools. They also regard cutting education budgets as saving taxes which can be diverted into tax cuts for the rich – not to mention sabotaging the education of children who might compete with their own from elite schools.

    The usual political trick is to cover-up budget-cuts and neglect, by creating a few lavish gimmick-schools, that hold the attention of the media and distract from the general neglect.
    If some evanginuts want to buy some children’s minds to reduce taxes – business is business and executive bonuses are executive bonuses! – There could even be some votes in it!

    Those who remember UK “Thatcher education” will know of the “multitude of buckets under holes in the roofs”, funding of schools, while Kenneth Baker was “ratcheting up standards”(allegedly)!

  6. If your trying to ask how is it possible that we can communicate with other people by telephone and radio without that communication becoming mixed up with others at the same time? then you can start by typing satellite communication and wireless communication into the google search bar. Both of which are man made technologies , nothing to do with “GOD” . In reply to #5 by bogglingmind:

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