Why secret Charter Schools are dangerous
Study slams charter schools as harmful
A group of education experts at Massey University has investigated similar models to the proposed charter schools - Sweden's "free schools", England's "academies", and privatised schools in the United States.
Convener Professor Emeritus Ivan Snook said the group used similar sources of evidence to the Government but came to different conclusions.
"The evidence is clear that charter schools have the potential to cause harm to the very groups of students they are supposed to help," he said.
...but the real insult to injury here is that the entire Charter School fiasco is top secret, we will never know how much we are giving private companies public education money and there is no way to measure any actual success, as the ever brilliant Gordon Campbell points out...
Supposedly, the big advantage of public/private partnerships is that they will bring the alleged efficiencies of the private sector to projects that involve public money – but here’s the catch. In the PPP deal on education announced yesterday, we’re not going to be allowed to know whether that’s true, because the government has decided the details of the deal are too “commercially sensitive” to be released.
As a result, the public will be left underwriting a process whereby private companies extract profits from the education sector, while being given little or no information about what deal (and safeguards) that government has negotiated behind closed doors. Instead, we are being required to take on faith the fulsome assurances by Associate Education Minister Craig Foss that it’s a really, really good deal.
...so the whole thing is a secret and we just need to go on the trust of Craig Foss??? Charter Schools are not about better educational achievements for our children, they are an ideological attack on public education that guts budgets in the short term while damaging the overall educational environment.
Why we are allowing this right wing perversion to erode one of the best public education systems in the world is almost as difficult to answer as why a right wing homophobic bigot like John Banks is any where near the education portfolio.
Here is what our Associate Minister of Education had to say during the election...
"If we continue the bankrupt response of just paying young Polynesian, young Maori men in south Auckland the dole to sit in front of TV, smoke marijuana, watch pornography and plan more drug offending and more burglaries, then we’re going to have them coming through our windows".
...since when was education supposed to be a hate crime? Allowing this bigot to lead something as questionable as Charter Schools is a recipe for disaster, what's the bet the sleepy hobbits will be the first to rise up on their hind legs and bitch about the harvest from this sour crop once it gets served?
Who knew a multi-millionaire vacant aspiration smile and wave Prime Minister could get away with so much?
We are a nation of 40 million sheep and 4 million can vote.