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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.

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781743518014
  • Format: eBook
  • Pub Date: 01/02/2014
  • Category: Society & social sciences / Secondary schools
    Society & social sciences / Schools
    Society & social sciences / Primary & middle schools
    Society & social sciences / Society & culture: general
    Health & personal development / Advice on education
    Society & social sciences / Independent schools, private education
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Price: $16.99

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.

Author Information

Former corporate lawyer, co-founder of a successful software company and consultant to the IT industry, David Gillespie is the best-selling author of the Sweet Poison, Big Fat Lies and Toxic Oil. He lives in Brisbane with his wife and six children.

AUTHOR EVENTS

19 October 2019

Join David Gillespie at Wynnum Library as he discusses his new book THE GOOD FAT GUIDE

1:30 PM

Wynnum Library
145 Florence Street Wynnum QLD 4178 Website



26 October 2019

Join David Gillespie at Brisbane Square Library as he discusses his new book THE GOOD FAT GUIDE

2:30 PM

Brisbane Square Library
266 George Street Brisbane City QLD 4000 Website



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