The Stupid Country: How Australia is Dismantling Public Education

Author(s): Chris Bonnor

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This book warns of a future where the hardest schools for Australian parents to get their kids into will be public ones. With insight, passion and a great sense of urgency Chris Bonnor and Jane Caro show how government, anxious parents, the church and ideology are combining to undermine public schools.


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Chris Bonnor AM is an education writer and consultant with wide experience in teaching and school leadership. His interests and research have spanned geography, gender education and education systems and he has presented at many conferences in Australia and overseas. Chris is the author of ten geography textbooks, is a member of the Australian College of Educators and was most recently was the president of the NSW Secondary Principals Council. Jane Caro is an award-winning advertising writer with 25 years experience. Her interests include education, women, children, families, advertising, marketing and ideas of all kinds. She also writes on educational and other issues for a range of publications, including newspapers and New Matilda, and is a regular commentator on radio. Jane is a product of the NSW public education system, including a free university education. She is also the parent of two teenage daughters, educated in NSW public schools.

1 Spoilt for choice; 2 Anxiety and choice; 3 Public good and private choice; 4 The language of crisis; 5 Myths and realities; 6 What does private schooling deliver?; 7 Counting the cost; 8 Schools and the church; 9 Schools and the market; 10 Options for public education; 11 A better way; Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780868408064
  • : UNSW Press
  • : UNSW Press
  • : July 2007
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 379.1210994
  • : 256
  • : Chris Bonnor
  • : Paperback