Schools have been in the news a lot recently. Locally, still no funding for the big expansion of the regional high school at Wonthaggi and, internationally, that Australia continues to slide lower in the ranking of countries, based on student testing.
The country most frequently at the top rank is Finland, with all schools government run. Another aspect is that maximum school size is 400 students.
Evidently, each and every day, 600 high school students are bussed 45km back and forth to Wonthaggi.
Also per population figures (per 2016 census, midwinter, midweek), Phillip Island has a much bigger population of school kids than Wonthaggi and more than all other mainland townships in the shire combined.
No doubt there’s faster growth here also.
So, to catch up with Finland and do Wonthaggi a favour by removing 600 students, why is there no campaign for, not just one, but two, high schools on the Island?
And why not make it 800 presuming some mainland students will prefer to come to Island schools instead of Wonthaggi?
On the subject of growth, we’re brain washed that its good, that we should be proud so many people want to be here, that we should welcome them and their contribution to growing our economy. Also that we must accept growth, there’s nothing we can do to stop it, even if it does wreck our environment.
An example of how unrestrained growth can be bad for us is as simple as the cancer cell, so much growth that it kills its host.
The human species is equivalent to the cancer cell and, unquestionably, it’s killing the planet.
Unfortunately there’s very little treatment for climate cancer, not even planetary chemo or radio, and such absence of pressure on our politicians that they refuse to accept the science that warming is tracking for well past 3degC, with catastrophic and irreversible damage to the planet.
Unfortunately budgets for infrastructure, like schools and much more, can’t keep up with population growth. Our leaders are too busy buying more bombs, to make more refugees, who need even more infrastructure. What should we really afford?
Bernie McComb, Phillip Island.