Letter to the Editor
Parents Want the Best for their Child
Letter supplied to The Courier-Mail, 13 July 2017
It is disappointing that David Gillespie focused on dividing schools and parents, not uniting them, in his opinion piece (C-M, Jul 11).
Parents in all sectors are united in wanting the best for their children. For some, that means educating their child in a school founded on a particular faith. For others, it's about choosing an education approach, such as Montessori or Steiner, that best suits the needs of their child.
Contrary to popular perception, many parents send their children to independent schools at significant personal financial sacrifice. They pay twice for their child's education - once through their taxes and a second time from their after-tax incomes in the form of school fees.
Their contributions save Queensland taxpayers in the order of $1 billion annually.
Some parents may ask why a wealthy family who has chosen a fully funded state education for their child, but has the capacity to contribute more to their schooling, only pays once. According to research by the Centre for Independent Studies, more students from high socio-economic backgrounds attend government schools than independent schools.
Public discussion is warranted about whether our nation can afford not to have these parents contribute more to school education.