Is the end Nigh for Real Estate and Education?


The news that the clearance rates at Real Estate auctions in the major Australian cities are dropping might well be welcomed by many. All bubbles burst and why not in housing? What should be of greater concern is that our education system keeps on failing our children. Language and numeracy results are lagging badly behind most developed nations.

Eminent educational expert keep on popping up on our TV screens  urging yet more tests. They go to American or UK  educational institutions trying to get inspiration in devising plots that will make a difference to the way we educate our young. At the same time our Government is twisting and turning in making permanent citizenship harder to obtain by devising English language tests for migrants and extending  years of waiting. We should really test our politicians instead of our school children or migrants.

Australia has this conundrum of many professional positions being unable to get filled by our own (badly) educated, and rely on Syrians , Iraqis, Indian, and many other well educated foreign professional experts to fill those positions. We often get experts on so many fields appearing on our TV with foreign accents. There are a dearth of highly professional positions that can only get filled by trying to attract overseas educated people. It seems the Government’s contempt for lack of migrant’s language skills ought to be sheeted home to themselves. It is embarrassing watching our deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce painfully searching for the words to express himself. Take out the verb ‘ensuring’ from our Prime Minister (A mere lawyer) and he too would have trouble getting his message across. Talk about painting the kettle black! Do your own English testing in Canberra!


Please, take the time and read this link which shows how education works:

“There are no mandated standardized tests in Finland, apart from one exam at the end of students’ senior year in high school. There are no rankings, no comparisons or competition between students, schools or regions. Finland’s schools are publicly funded. The people in the government agencies running them, from national officials to local authorities, are educators, not business people, military leaders or career politicians. Every school has the same national goals and draws from the same pool of university-trained educators. The result is that a Finnish child has a good shot at getting the same quality education no matter whether he or she lives in a rural village or a university town.”

I don’t think that the apocalyptical predictions associated with ‘the end is nigh’ will eventuate but,  isn’t it about time we do things better?



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14 Responses to “Is the end Nigh for Real Estate and Education?”

  1. Therese Trouserzoff Says:

    Yep, the end IS nigh for education. Or it’s already happened. More on this later- or wait for ….. My Experience – 21 Dog Years at UTS.

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  2. Curt Mekemson Says:

    “We should really test our politicians instead of our school children or migrants.” An absolutely wonderful idea, Gerard. Not that I am against children and migrants having a basic understanding of civics. But anybody running for public office should be forced to take a test on how well they understand the basic laws that govern the nation where they are running for office. In the US, it would be the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I would love to see everyone in the US Congress and Senate shunted off to a room given the test with the results being made public. –Curt

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Curt.
      In Australia there has been a fierce debate on allowing same sex marriage, even though poll after poll shows that the majority are in favour of allowing it. The government could have simply legislated for it by changing the law on marriage, instead of having a postal vote on it, as is happening now, with endless abusive arguments driving many to despair and self-harm.
      Yet, come to bomb Syria or imprison refugees for years on end, no survey or poll seems needed.

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  3. stuartbramhall Says:

    They have tried to implement the same testing regime here in New Zealand, and teachers and principals have been well-organized to resist it.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, all that testing and filling in forms wasting hours on administering all those new tests is driving teachers, especially men, away from the profession.
      NZ seems to take a lead on many progressive ideas, whereby in Australia a kind of extreme right seems to have taken hold. A bit like the present Hungary or the former East Germany, putting up borders and fences, hindering the will of the people.

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  4. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Yes, it is time! Excellent post! 🙂

    Here they have made it harder for the teachers and as a result, the children are not learning as much as they should. Often testing doesn’t prove everything. AND not everyone is able to test well…some have test anxiety. 😦

    Your words: “We should really test our politicians instead of our school children or migrants.” This is so right, Gerard! I agree 100%! 🙂

    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, testing takes over and doesn’t prove much at all. The main thing in teaching is for children to get excited in learning. The world is open and so much to find out about. Teaching is not about form or ramming in facts. It is to encourage children ‘wanting’ to learn and find out.

      All that emphasis on uniforms and costly private schools. It makes one weep.

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  5. jennypellett Says:

    I read the article about the Finnish model on the morning that our headline news reported that the mental health of teenagers has reached crisis level. Only an idiot wouldn’t make the connection between this and our current system for education.


  6. Robert Parker Says:

    We get Smithsonian, and I’d read that article, which is excellent. Your title mentions real estate and education, and that happens to be a big part of the problem in the U.S. – – the schools are funded by local taxes on homes. Local communities vote on school budgets, and poor town pay a higher tax rate, and still cannot offer what the schools in rich neighborhoods can – – not just courses, but music, arts, etc.
    There is some supplemental funding from the state, but it’s fair to say, that here in New York, you can look at a school’s resources, and the courses they offer, and instantly know the community’s economic status. The AP “advanced placement” courses, and important part of getting into, and doing well in, universities, are taught in rich school districts, and not in poor districts. I think my school offered 3 or 4 at most, while 12 should probably be the minimum. .
    If we could switch, and have the defense department supported by these local taxes, and the military budget subject to direct vote by homeowners, there would be a radical shift in the insanely expensive weapons race. And use federal funds, from income taxes, etc. to fund schools in an equitable fashion.
    Australia shouldn’t send anyone here looking for good ideas. Teachers are underpaid, and administrators overpaid. Currently there are for-profit corporations peddling software and endless testing, and politicians trying to strip resources away from public schools and funnel them into “faith-based” and private systems.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thanks for that response, Robert.
      Apart from the education budget as per percentage of GDP, Finland does not spend an extraordinary amount, it is the quality of their teaching and the standing and prestige that teaching has in the community which is all important.

      I happen to be biased to Finland having lived there for some time. An admirable country for much more than education. There is sublime public architecture, beautiful design, and their music, the music. I am a great fan of Sibelius.

      The winters can be long but perhaps that inspires to look inwards and reflect.

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  7. rangewriter Says:

    How ironic that Australia would bother poking around American’s failing educational system to look for answers! Look at what our system has ushered onto the national stage. THIS is so true! “We should really test our politicians instead of our school children or migrants.”


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