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Length: 272 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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The best-selling 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.

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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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2750 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Australia (1 February 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HL59ELS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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catiewrites
5.0 out of 5 starsGenuinely enightening. A must-read.
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Susan McDonald
5.0 out of 5 starsFree Schools by David Gillespie
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Rebekah Rowcliffe
4.0 out of 5 starsThoroughly Researched, Interesting Read
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Jason Charles York
5.0 out of 5 starsThank you David, eye opening and empowering
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