December 15, 2006

Absurd and divisive

On July 26, 2005 I wrote a column on our failing education system which resulted in then Education Minister Terry Lister accusing me of being 'absurd and divisive', to which I wrote a follow-up column.

So, 18 months later, the Premier declares that 'education is in a serious situation':

“I have told the Minister of Education that I’m deeply and seriously concerned with some of the trends and performances that I have seen in education,” he told them, in response to a pupil who asked him what changes he wanted to make as leader of the country.

“If we keep doing what we are doing, we will keep getting what we have been getting. We have to do some serious change. Education is in a serious situation.”

Talk about stating the obvious. But it's a start, admitting there is a problem is always the first step. So I'll withhold judgment until the proposals that the Premier alludes to are put forth, but with Randy Horton in the Education drivers seat I'm not optimistic.

I will not however, be holding my breath for former Education Minister Terry Lister, now warming the backbench, to accuse the Premier of being 'absurd and divisive' and refusing 'to take off his partisan blinkers and acknowledge anything positive that comes out of this Government'.

Posted by Christian S. Dunleavy