Government schools overfunded?

a report published by the Australian Productivity Commission last month suggested government funding to non-government schools had declined slightly, in real terms. The commission said government spending per student in non-government schools was $6850 in 2008-09. This represented an average annual decrease in real terms of 1.6 per cent since 2004-05.

The commission calculated that federal, state and territory government recurrent spending per student in government schools was $13,544 in 2008-09. This represented an average annual increase in real terms of 1.2 per cent since 2004-05.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/educated-guesses-at-public-funding-20110213-1as58.html

Oppressive Feminism

Just read an interesting article on the articlesaboutmen.com website talking about how far feminism has gone from where it began. While it had admirable goals when it started it has now gone too far in the other direction and in most cases men are the ones on the rough decisions everywhere.

This is an ideology that sees the relations between the sexes as a never-ending antagonistic power struggle, with women as eternal victims and men as eternal oppressors. It is an ideology that explains away the moral failings of women as the fault of a patriarchal “system”, but holds men responsible for their actions. And most important, it is an ideology that short changes children by privileging the rights and importance to children of mothers over fathers.

Denigration of men in ways both casual and formal are a commonplace in society.

the implosion of the traditional family, which can be directly traced to feminism’s repudiation of normative marriage and the role of fathers as vital to a child’s psychological well-being

every credible sociological study on record demonstrates without ambiguity that if there is a single sure indicator for success in adulthood, it is the presence of a father in a child’s life from the time he or she is old enough to negotiate a path through the world beyond her doorstep. If there is a sure indicator of failure – dropping out, drugs, promiscuity, crime – it is not poverty, it is fatherlessness in later childhood and adolescence.