Why do we want to copy a failed system?
If there is anything I've learnt from reading the Huffington Post Education section for the last 2 years it is that the Charter School experience in the US has been great for some schools but an unmitigated disaster for many others.....and guess which education system has learnt nothing from it and now wants to go down the same road? The Abbott government and it's fellow travellers in Victoria.
Charter schools have been wonderful for affluent, middle-upper class,predominantly WASP communities in the US but have been a disaster for everyone else ( poor white or minority communities in big cities or on the fringe of big cities) It has led to the degradation of already poor, under- resourced and poorly staffed schools - or their closure and it is helping to create a new system of segregation in schooling in the US not seen since the early 60s. Do we really want to go down that path?
The Sunday Age has the following story today: