Acts of philanthropy extend beyond giving to charities. In fact, they are an important aspect of many schools and for education in general. However, the idea of philanthropy in schools raises many questions. It’s important to consider, ‘what is philanthropy?’ and how can it support schools to deliver education needs to students.
By Tim Bowden, Head Master, Trinity Grammar School
We are entering, once again, into a political debate about school funding. The education of children will become a contested battleground. The metaphor of ‘battle’ is appropriate, because there will be sides, alliances, winners and losers, and a high likelihood that the same territory will continue to be contested into the future.
The terrain of school funding in Australia has a long and complex history, and I don’t know that it can be retold here. However, it may be worthwhile providing some facts about school funding in Australia and three landmarks to help orientate yourself to the debate.
The funding of education in Australia has become a real talking point in recent times. No longer just the conversation piece of politicians, bureaucrats and educators, how schools are funded is just as likely to be talked about at your next backyard barbecue.
Education and schooling at all levels comes at a cost. The starting point for most parents is to consider cost versus value: Is private school worth it? Here’s a snapshot of how private schools are funded*: