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How to Get Your Kids a Great Education without Spending a Fortune

by David Gillespie
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/02/2014
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Bestselling author David Gillespie shows parents how to choose the best school for their kids, how to avoid fees, and how to make a less-than-perfect system better.

David Gillespie has six kids. Like many parents, he and his wife faced some tough decisions when it came to choosing a high school. He calculated that sending his kids to a private school would cost him $1.3 million. A businessman at heart, he thought it worth doing some research to find out what he'd get for his money. In other words, would his kids get better results? The answer was no.

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. Among other things, he found out that class size doesn't matter, composite classes are fine, fancy buildings and rolling lawns are a waste of money, the old-school-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 entrenched system of vested interests - the unions, the government, our own sense of worth, privilege and entitlement - this book is both a practical guide to getting the best for our kids and a provocative overview of why the system is struggling.

ISBN:
9781742612195
9781742612195
Category:
Advice on education
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-02-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
272
Dimensions (mm):
233x152x21mm
Weight:
0.35kg
David Gillespie

David Gillespie is a lawyer and the best-selling author of the Sweet Poison books, a series about how we are all poisoning ourselves with sugar. He followed those up with Big Fat Lies and Toxic Oil both of which target the dangers of seed oils in our diet.

Having upset the dietetics industry by writing about stuff in which he has no qualifications, he then turned his focus to something else he is unqualified to write about, education. In Free Schools, David takes a parent's eye-view of the research and concludes that all the rolling green hockey fields and architect designed amphitheatres won't make a jot of difference to the education your child is likely to receive.

In Eat Real Food, David returns to the topic of human nutrition and delivers the ultimate practical guide to avoiding the two most toxic substances in the modern food supply, sugar and seed oil.

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