Helping young Australians get ahead starts with quality education and full-time employment. This not only reduces welfare dependency but is part of supporting Australians build their future. From school to university, one of the greatest social problems of our nation is the declining outcomes of our educational system. We spend more on education than most other nations, yet school results have been falling year on year across maths, science and reading.
This has been a steady trend since the year 2000. That is 19 years of declining results despite increases in funding. Governments have been held hostage time and again by vested interests and unions that have simply failed to adapt to the 21st century education. This issue spans multiple governments at the state and federal level, numerous overhauls and“education revolutions” all to no avail. Simply put; how can government spend more but outcomes decline?
The problem is not how much government spends on education but the groups that are rorting the education system and preventing any innovation or change. The Motley Fool (a private investing company) claimed that given ‘the weaknesses… in the [Australian] education system, there are companies listed on the ASX that could potentially help fill in the gaps.’ Money is clearly not the solution, empowering parents and students is.