Perverse Compassion and Mediocrity in Australian Schools: Time for vouchers?

Primrose Hall
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International Journal Journal of Innovation Creativity and Change, 2013, 1 (2), pp. 1 - 11
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Education debate in Australia has become mired in an ideological contest between proponents and critics of State and non-government schooling respectively. This paper proposes a system of school vouchers as a means to both breaking this deadlock and improving the situation of Australias least advantaged school students. The paper points out contradictions in well-intentioned social justice initiatives aimed at the latter goal and highlights grounds in both Labor and Coalition philosophy and practice that suggest school vouchers are an acceptable alternative to current school funding arrangements.
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