Asssociate Professor of being a Drama Queen at huge taxpayer expense at Auckland University – Peter O’Connor – clearly feels he is running short of attention so it now putting out his own press releases on Voxy.
At least in this one he acknowledges that Maori (at 23% behind non-Maori) have been long-term screwed over by the NZEI/PPTA system.
Associate Professor Peter Oâ€™Connor from the University of Auckland says that the Act Partyâ€™s cynical manipulation of Maori disaffection with the current education system means the future of the charter school experiment now rests on an unlikely alliance between ACT and the Maori Party.Â
Maori have every reason to bedissatisfied with the current system but the international evidence is clear that charter schools will do nothing to lift Maori achievement. Charter schools are not about lifting student achievement despite the rhetoric of the government. It has always been about privatising the education sector.
Although the international evidence is overwhelmingly clear that unregistered and untrained teachers do not lift student achievement the courting of Maori by John Banks and Catherine Isaac now makes political sense in the light of Peter Dunneâ€™s decision not to support the introduction of charter schools.
Oâ€™Connor suggests it will be a tragedy if this bill now becomes law without the kind of in depth public debate that such a radical change in our education system deserves, especially when there has never been any public mandate for such a change.
Oâ€™Connor says that charter schools were always a disaster in the making. It will be a tragedy if New Zealand has charter schools foisted on them because of a cup of tea deal and the cynical manipulation of Maori aspiration.
Keep in mind that this is a man who, along with his family, hypocritically and shamelessly profits from providing private aspects of education.
What is it about the status quo and ongoing failure of large and significant groups that serves the purposes of people like O’Connor and the teacher unions?
Why do they not want groups to have the ability to make decisions for themselves about the well being of their young people? Is there an unspoken left-wingÂ institutionalisedÂ