Culture wars, Pyne’s education

30 Sep

Ability should be the prerequisite for higher education, not ability to pay or ‘rank’ of birth. As to history wars and religious education, both are anathema to knowledge.

The Australian Independent Media Network


Education in Australia, emulating principles established in Mother England has always been class based, and at times deliberately advanced as a method of social control; to keep the lower classes in their place while providing confirmation of the status of those perceived to be “of better breeding”.  The expectation was that young people of culture were to concentrate on refinements to prepare them for their privileged role in society, while the lower classes received preparation for a future in their assumed roles; to provide service and labour.

This was seen to be the proper order of things, and so it remained until the latter decades of the 20th Century.  Children were streamed according to expectations, girls from poorer families sent to domestic and commercial courses, boys to practical skills and both sexes of middle and lower classes off to work age 16.  All opportunities to do anything different resided with…

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  2. Bob in Waridjuri country October 12, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    I remember that > Children were streamed according to expectations<
    As far as I know, I am the only one from my year at that secondary school who went to university.
    Migrating to Australia did help, and the Whitlam reforms helpes as well.
    One friend from the old school is now working as a designing engineer. How sad that he didn't go straight into uni.

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