Hot on the heels of the current Gonski 2.0 (Turnbull 1.0) school funding debate comes the release of the Losing the Game report by Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd, who between them have over 80 years of experience in the public school system.
The report’s key findings include:
- equity in Australia’s schools is declining since the original Gonski Review was released.
- school intakes are becoming more polarised and socially segregated. Advantaged students move to advantaged schools and strugglers are left behind, literally in classes of their own.
- schools are becoming less representative of local communities and less connected to them.
- the ‘private school’ is vanishing with increased public money but with minimal public obligations.