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Hardened Leftists and lovers of big government will be gratified to see the
latest union propaganda on our televisions.
An advertisement depicts a dopey overweight teacher being almost run over by John
Howard's car as he bypasses a welcoming committee at a public school.
The advertisement plays on the usual sophistry about 'Public schools teach
almost 70 per cent of students, but their share of federal education funding
has been cut to 35 per cent'. The statement is, of course, deliberately
misleading to the point of dishonesty. As Howard himself pointed
out: Sixty-seven per cent of Australian school children attend government
schools, and government schools receive 75per cent of all public [ie tax] funding,
How can both statements be true? The key is the word 'federal' inserted by the
teachers union. Most state education money goes to public schools, and the
federal government partially closes the gap by giving money directly to private
schools. The teacher's union's statement is clearly designed to give the
impression that more government money is being spend of each private school
student than each public one. The union hopes that most people won't hear the
word 'federal', or just interpret it to mean that it's all John Howard's fault
This kind of intellectual dishonesty is nothing new, but should we expect this
from a teacher? It does rather beg the question:
If they are spreading that level of misinformation on our televisions, what
rubbish are the teaching our children?
State education is not your friend.