Deep in the bowels of a vegan cafe over a couple of almond milk lattes:
“Fuckin pollies and media ripping into teachers again about the PISA rankings. Look at the these fuckin headlines will you! Not one fuckin solitary word about inequitable funding and social disadvantage fueling these results. I mean if you break this PISA shit down it’s all there. Ah, hello, fuckin Northern Territory starved of funds and resources, what do they expect? Oh and Tassie.
“Is Tassie short-changed in funding too?”
“I don’t think so. Fuck knows what goes on down there. But the point is, ACT are fuckin flying! The pollies make sure their own backyard gets the best turf. Ya with me?”
“ACT are the fuckin Shangai of Australia. Except this year Shanghai have had to add their results to other districts.”
“How did that work out.”
“Shithouse according to these PISA boffins.”
“So what’s our response to Oz results?”
“Well the media need a story so fuck em, but unless our fuckin pollies are even remotely interested in tackling this appalling inequity in funding, nothing will change, nothing.”
“So what now”.
“This is as good as it gets I’m afraid, without equitable funding we are destined to slide down the rankings.”
“Nothing else we can do?”
“I doubt it.”
“Does it matter how we compare to other countries?”
“Who fuckin knows, it’s a shitscramble!”
“Fuck these almond lattes are awful.”
“Mine’s all right.”
“We all have different fuckin tastes I guess.”
“Yeh true that. Hey speaking of Tassie. You holidaying down there at chrissie again?.
“Beautiful part of the world mate.”
“Yeh true that.”