Recalling last week’s call for the Coalition to get serious about school education, we now have clear evidence of the bungling and incompetence of our leaders in education over the last three or four decades. They delivered a cohort of students who were not taught grammar and related disciplines of spelling and punctuation. Now we have teachers who don’t know those things and so they need remedial training in those places where the authorities have decided to do better.
This is a state responsibility and the Commonwealth should get out of the way. Sack a few thousand more excess tax eaters in Canberra. Commonwealth participation only slows progress by bogging down in the six-monthly COAG meetings where any state that wants to drag the chain can demand another round of consultation and background papers.
This calls for a serious and sustained effort to get the destructive ideologues out of the key positions in the education departments and to confront the unions with the aid of concerned parents in the P&Cs. It will be a miracle if the Coalition governments can find the personnel and the fortitude to go the distance but it is a miracle that we desperately need.