Radical plans to change school hours in Australia as they are condemned as a ‘leftover from a sexist, bygone era when society assumed women stayed at home’
- New NSW MP says school hours are a relic of the past
- Calls for extension to 6pm
Current school hours are a relic of a sexist, bygone era and should be extended to 6pm to empower mothers, says a Liberal NSW MP.
Jordan Lane used his inaugural address to outline his vision to restructure school days, saying it would relieve the pressure on parents and teachers and produce more well-rounded children through after-class activities.
Parents should not be forced to choose between their own career development and raising children, he said.
“The great mockery of government policy will be if the education system of the 2050s looks like it was when it was established in the 1950s,” the Ryde MP said on Thursday.
“It’s a holdover from a sexist, bygone era, when society assumed women stayed home and were responsible for picking up from school.”
The 28-year-old praised the push for students to have longer formal education and the introduction of a universal kindergarten by the previous NSW coalition government, but pushed for more.
Schools open until 6pm would become ‘a place for extracurricular excellence’, with programming classes, culture and language, arts, dance, music and sports offered by providers and community organizations
That would expose more kids to “rounded-off experiences” and prevent overworked hard-working teachers, Mr Lane said.
It would also free parents from the high cost of childcare and give hope to “potential but reluctant parents who, like me, struggle to rationalize how they feel, in terms of both time and money, children, a home and equal employability of partners can afford. ‘.
“Imagine what we could achieve as a society if, while smoothing the paths of our children’s success, we didn’t simultaneously complicate their parents’ ways,” said Mr Lane.
Lane made it to Parliament by the narrowest margin in recent NSW election history: 54 votes more than Labour’s Lyndal Howison.
The Ryde MP previously served as mayor of the area for about a year, having been elected to the council at the age of 23 in late 2017.