It took months for each state to slowly sign up to the agreement. Cakes and I live in Queensland and our state government is the opposition and refused to sign up. Even worse than our state not signing up the opposition was so against it that they initially said they disagreeed with it. They have now backflipped and are offering 1/3 of the money over 4 years, rather than the total amount over 6 years. So if the government changes even the states signed up may lose the funding under their previous agreement.
Having a small person ready to hit school in 2015 and with my new career in schools, I really would like the best education possible for all of Australia's children. We really should have hit the pavement earlier and spread the word while we had the opportunity for the state to sign, but we didn't. So with a few weeks to go until the federal elections and I Give a Gonski posts in my Facebook feed, Cakes noticed this picture.
And like no other experience it was a great learning experience. She practised writing her name almost 100 times on the flyers, read out all the numbers on the letter boxes (she still reads in single numbers "1 and 3", allowing the opportunity for me to teach her 'tens' numbers "1 and 3 is 13"), she was learning to do something for someone other than herself, developing fine motor skills folding the flyers, hand eye coordination putting them in the mail boxes through the tiny slots (budding mail lady right her), strengthening her muscles by walking, running and driving and a sense of pride for standing up for what she believes is good.
If you are an Australian voter, please consider giving a Gonski this coming Saturday for all the small people out there. One day they will be our future adults, lets make them smarter than we are!
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