OK, here we go!
I'm trying to get used to saying Prime Minister Kevin Rudd!
As much as I hold high hopes for a huge improvement in the quality of the governance of this country, I'm seriously doubting that a computer in every home equals an "education revolution", as Labor would have it.
Sorry to sound like a wet blanket in my first post in this new thread, but Rudd has nominated education as his no 1 priority, so ....
As an educator, I believe that both parties badly missed the boat on education. To my mind, the "education revolution" will begin only when the serious disadvantages some students face in some of our most neglected state schools, especially, are addressed. And that means restoring some of the funds that were removed by the Howard government's push for privatisation of education. It's all about restoring the equality of opportunity, so the poorest students in the currently most under-resourced schools have a decent chance of furthering their education & their prospects in life.
But no doubt Kevin Rudd & Labor felt that acknowledging & addressing this sorry situation would be divisive & could lose votes for Labor in this election .... A real pity & an opportunity missed.:
My first priority: Rudd
Prime Minister elect Kevin Rudd at Southern Cross College in Scarborough near Brisbane today.
Photo: Glen Mccurtayne
November 26, 2007 - 3:46PM
Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd has been given rock star treatment during a visit to a Brisbane school.
Mr Rudd, who defeated John Howard in Saturday's federal election, visited Southern Cross College at Scarborough in Brisbane with deputy leader Julia Gillard today.
Arriving at the school, Mr Rudd was greeted by ecstatically screaming students.
A media conference scheduled for 1.15pm was delayed.
Mr Rudd said implementing the Labor Party's education agenda would be the top priority of his new cabinet.
He told reporters he had instructed the secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Peter Shergold, to prepare the Labor Party's education policies as the first submission to the new cabinet.
"It is important that we get to work on this straight away," Mr Rudd told reporters.
"Next year there will be a very extensive tendering process on behalf of the various school systems in Australia and therefore it is critical we get that planning work started straight away.
"That will be agenda item number one."
All in caucus ordered to visit a school
Mr Rudd said he had instructed all members of his caucus to visit a government and non-government school in their electorates in the next two days.
He said he expected MPs to discuss with the schools details of the Government's plan to provide computers to every high school student and the introduction of school-based workplace training centres.
"I expect, therefore, that, when our parliamentary party meets in Canberra on Thursday, we will also nominate on the agenda for that meeting a discussion and debate on the implementation of these programs," Mr Rudd said.
"And I will expect members of the party to report back on what they've found in their communities."
Mr Rudd said parliamentary experience would play a role in his selection of cabinet ministers.
"When it comes to selecting a frontbench team, that parliamentary experience is very, very important,'' Mr Rudd said. "My view on that has not changed.'' ...<cont>