Gonski Reforms Essay

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In response to the recent issue about the school education reforms, THE AGE published the editorial entitled “we remain class-based without Gonski reforms” on April 16, 2013. In an appeal to the Australian government and the people, the editor uses a concerned tone to argue that education reforms in Australia are needed for the country to remain a classless society and for the disadvantaged to get the amount of funding they need to have an equal education as the advantaged. The editor starts with in a serious tone saying how important the issue is as it will help Australia “make the most of its future”. As the students that are studying are going to be the people who would lead the nation in the future, it is important to provide them with all they need. The editor’s use of rhetorical questions such as “do we want Australia to be a broadly egalitarian country, where all children have access to a good education, and the opportunity it gives them to make a good start in life?” in an attempt to make the readers feel that having the “Gonski reforms” is indisputable valid. The rhetorical question also appeals to community values that everyone should be treated fairly and have a chance. The editor also uses comparison by showing that Australia is being different in a bad way. The editor says in a critical tone that “we buy our children an education based on what we can afford, and what we aspire for them to be.” By using the inclusive language “we”, it invites the parents to share the same opinion of the editor. It also creates a sense of guilt among her readers and makes the readers take pity on those who are not able to afford good education due it being “class-based”. By using the appeals of negative connotation, the word “buy” for education make the readers think that the current situation is ludicrous. Education should be provided for everyone no matter who rich

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