The bestselling author of Sweet Poison shows us how to get the better of an education system that is costing a fortune in fees, yet failing to deliver.
David Gillespie has six kids. When it came time to select high schools, he thought it worth doing some investigation to assess the level of advantage his kids would enjoy if he spent the required $1.3 million to send them all to private schools.
Shockingly, the answer was: none whatsoever.
Intrigued, David continued his research, only to discover he was wrong on most counts - as are most parents - when it comes to working out what factors deliver a great education. He discovered that class size doesn't matter, your kids aren't any better off in co-ed than single-sex schools (and vice versa), composite classes are fine, fancy buildings are a waste of money, the old-tie network won't cut it in the new industries and NAPLAN is misread by everyone so is largely meaningless as a measure of quality.
Taking on an ingrained and historical system of vested interests - the unions, the government, our own sense of worth, privilege and entitlement - this book is controversial and absolutely necessary. It is well researched, authoritative and accessible. It is a must-read for parents, as well as teachers and policy-makers.
About the Author
Former corporate lawyer, co-founder of a successful software company and consultant to the IT industry, David Gillespie is the best-selling author of the Sweet Poison, Big Fat Lies and Toxic Oil. He lives in Brisbane with his wife and six children.
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This book removes all emotive and pre-conceived ideas about how to choose a school. Brings it down to practical approaches that anyone can apply regardless of their budget! Will keep this close at hand when researching schools for our kids.
I have experienced the same look of horror David describes in the first page of his book in Brisbane when suggesting that I would consider state schools. He had me from there.
Helps parents understand the current education system & cut through the spin from non government schools & other parents to make an informed choice for their child.
Easy to read without jargon.
This is a must read for anyone in the education system! A real eye-opener and very well researched.
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st February 2014
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.2 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.38