The Miseducation of Anne Tolley
Tolley slams striking teachers
LATEST: Education Minister Anne Tolley is urging teachers to head back to the negotiating table as the first of a series of rolling strikes gets underway today.
Teachers have given up listening to the Government and have called for more strike action next week, and thank god for that as no one wants to see all that pent up frustration at National melting public education simply walk back into the class room,
I don’t wish to antagonize things any further just because I believe National are really intending to implement league tables from these flawed National standards to assist the Private Education Industry, but Teachers, I heard Anne Tolley say yo Mamas were fat.
In reality the Government should thank it’s lucky stars this isn’t public sector strikes in France where the locals go on violent protest with as much wounded pride as a nation who rolled over for Germany in World War Two can muster.
The best Current Affairs Magazine in the country, The Listener, and I’m using the words, ‘Best’, ‘Current’, ‘Affairs’ and ‘Magazine’ as broadly as possible, gushed this week that National Standards are being implemented by Julia Gillard in Australia and she is Labour so it must be good. Of course Julia Gillard is also the Aussie Mining Industry’s coup puppet inserted into power to shut down any tax on their super profits so the irony of holding her up as the leading light of socially progressive movements may have missed the Best Current Affairs Magazine in NZ.
Personally I love how with a recession The Listener has gone from a weekly lifestyle guide for Baby Boomers and bored well to do Wellington housewives to gritty current affairs crusader in the blink of a consumer advertising slump. That said, let’s not be too mean to the Listener whanau, someone has to explain to the NZ Middle Classes why they can’t afford to holiday in Phuket this winter.
Anne Tolley continues to push ahead with these flawed National Standards despite what the experts say, and despite the fact that we have one of the best public education systems in the world...
Expert gives education system top marks
Leading educationist Professor John Hattie has given a more glowing assessment of the education system than the Government often gives it.
He told the Labour Party conference in Auckland on Saturday that parents often underestimated where the New Zealand system stood internationally and thought it was about average when it was among the best in the world
"We are way up there at the top. Something is going right."
Professor Hattie, an assessment specialist, has recently advised Prime Minister John Key and Education Minister Anne Tolley on the implementation of National's contentious national standards policy in primary schools, which National says will lift standards.
Professor Hattie largely avoided the subject on Saturday though he said that average standards for reading, writing and maths over the past 50 years had not changed.
While that might not sound impressive, the system was already near the top of the world.
...Hattie has advised the Government that National Standards could be the worst thing to ever happen to NZ Public Education, yet this Government continues to push ideology to help the private education industry over and above the public education system.
I'm sick to death of hearing from this Government that they don't have the money to give Teachers more, but this Government DID have enough money to give the richest NZers massive Tax Cuts.