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Indoctrinate U: Watch tomorrow’s tyrants trained today

PRODOS FILM STUDY GROUP

Presents

With the kind permission of Stuart Browning

The Australian Premiere of

INDOCTRINATE U

“Our Education. Their Politics.”

Pictured below: Outraged University students (tomorrow’s leaders of the free world?) holding extensive protests demanding their University do something about opponents of affirmative action  – who had recently held a bake sale and had the gumption to question -even to disagree with – the prevailing orthodoxy!

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PRODOS Film Society 2010 program

List of films the PRODOS Film Society (Melbourne, Australia) will be including in its 2010 programme: HERE (2 MB PDF file)

The PRODOS Film Society is a member of the Federation of Victorian Film Societies. Our constitution is HERE.

Our purpose is to present and study movies that promote and explore free market thinking, capitalist ideals, the history of ideas, the life and work of creative heroes.

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SOLID VOX: Alan Schaeffer on why School and State should be kept separate

Now online at prodos.solidvox.com – An interview I recorded over a year ago with Alan Schaeffer from the Alliance for the Separation of School and State talks about why schools should be privately owned and operated.

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Discover Capitalism: Success of private education across the Third World

[photopress:james_tooley.jpg,full,pp_image] James Tooley, E. G. West Centre, England

Notice of this Monday’s Discover Capitalism meeting in Melbourne, Australia . . .

From: Prodos, Ph: 9428 1234, 0421 221 679

Dear Friends,

Good evening!

NOTE

Next week – and possibly beyond – Discover Capitalism™ will be meeting on MONDAY (instead of Tues).

Venue: Grace Food & Wine
306 Bridge Road, Richmond
(opposite the Richmond Town Hall)

TOPIC

This Monday evening we’ll have a look at some of the work of Dr James Tooley of the England-based E. G. West Centre, studying the success stories in non-state funded education across the Third World.

Time: Formal meeting commences at 7.30 PM (sharp) and finishes at 9.30 PM (sharp).

I’ll be there … from around 6.30 PM to set up and have a meal, if you’d care to join me. Otherwise food and drinks, and sweets WILL be available throughout the evening.

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The Financial Times, reports on James Tooley’s work

Almost everybody knows that governments cannot
run factories, farms or shops. But many people
still expect them to do a first-rate job of
delivering education. They are deluded.
Poor parents have realised this already.
They have also done something about it, as
James Tooley … has discovered.

… Prof Tooley has already found that private
schools for the poor perform far better than their
public counterparts, to the chagrin of fond believers
in the honesty and devotion of public sector
bureaucracies.

He has shown that private schools have lower
teacher absenteeism, lower costs and better
results than public competitors.

This superiority is, without doubt, because they
are accountable to parents, not idle functionaries
and indifferent politicians.

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James Tooley, writing in the Sunday Times:

Bob Geldof and Bono rave about how an extra
1m-plus children are now enrolled in primary
school in Kenya. All these children, the
accepted wisdom goes, have been saved by the
benevolence of the international community – which
must give $7 to $8 billion (�3.8 to �4.4 billion)
per year more so that other countries can
emulate Kenya’s success.

The accepted wisdom is wrong.

It ignores the remarkable reality that the poor
in Africa have not been waiting, helplessly, for
the munificence of pop stars and western chancellors to ensure that their children get a decent education.

Private schools for the poor have emerged in huge
numbers in some of the most impoverished slums
and villages in Africa. They cater for a majority of
poor children and outperform government schools,
for a fraction of the cost.

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It would be a pleasure to see you and think with you on MONDAY, so I hope you’ll be able to make it along!

=]:-)

Best Wishes,

PRODOS

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Discover Capitalism: Margot Bruton discusses phonics

At this evening’s Discover Capitalism meeting Margot Bruton talked about the new phonics program she’s been developing.

We also compared the phonics approach with the whole language approach.

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