Barry O’Farrell Responds To My Letter

Well, at least I got a form email back – certainly am glad though that I did get a response, and with a relatively quick turnaround.

Unfortunately, not the result we wished for, so, all it now means is –  time to lobby the backbench! 🙂

I reproduce the email below:

Dear Tim

Thank you for your email of 10 July 2009.

I have read your email with interest and appreciate you taking the time to write to me about school league tables.

The NSW Liberal/Nationals believe parents should have access to detailed information about the performance of their children’s schools, including student results. This information will be freely available on a Federal Government website this year – which is why we supported the legislation.

What we oppose are crude, simplistic “league tables” that rank schools across the State without regard to their particular circumstances. Such an approach fails to recognise the different challenges and advantages that may be experienced in individual schools.

“League tables” are opposed by the vast majority of education experts in this country. International experience shows that the publication of simplistic league tables has the effect of undermining schools, as they do not provide a fair indication of school performance.

In the debate on the recent education bill, every Member of Parliament who participated argued against these “league tables”. Our support for the amendment that seeks out to prevent “league tables” being published reflected this – and the claim by the Minister for Education, Verity Firth, that the data “will not be used to prepare “league tables”.

Thank you again for taking the time to write to me.



6 Responses to “Barry O’Farrell Responds To My Letter”

  1. Bee Says:

    What’s funny is most education ‘experts’ are radical left-wing ‘social constructivist’ types – not the kind of people we should be listening to in the first place.


  2. Tim Humphries Says:

    Got an email reply today to my letter today as well. Must be a standard pro-forma used because it mirrors your reply almost precisely.

  3. Robert Candelori Says:

    I agree with Bee. It is alarming that blind faith is placed in these faceless “education experts”, most of which subscribe to radical left wing agendas that believe education is a vehicle for social change above all else.

    O’Barrel is obviously unaware of the instructive opinions of Kevin Donnelly.

  4. Ben Says:

    Tim – If you lived in O’Farrell’s electorate, how would you vote in the state election? Isn’t Labor a better alternative from a ‘classical liberal’ perspective?

  5. John Humphreys Says:

    Ben — yes!

    Of course it was a form letter. He didn’t address the free speech issue at all.

  6. Bosko Says:

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