Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Your View: Catholic school funding

WHICH Australian schools should get what funding?

The Catholic school system, arguably not getting a fair go, has threatened to campaign politically against the government coalition parties.

All parties trot out the same words, that funding should be “needs-based”.

So what do students actually need?

For Catholics education should, above all, teach the need to love God and our neighbours.

Funding isnít the foremost need. Government funding, in fact, is hazardous.

Saint Mary MacKillop, pioneer teacher of Australia’s Catholic poor in the 1800s, wrote, “Australia is ... a dangerous place for Catholics. The governments aim at strict secular schools and institutions for the children of the poor ... the poor and their children (being) torn away from the true faith.”

The Rule of her Order insisted its schools “never receive aid in the way of fixed salaries from any Protestant government”.

Arnold Jago, Nichols Point

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