When the Charter Schools law was passed this week – Philip Harding – the NZ Principals Federation President had this to say:
The only glimmer of hope was the promise that the legislation would be repealed in a change of government.
Clearly he has forgotten why education exists. Otherwise his “glimmers of hope” would be -
- there may be innovative ways used to help under-performing groups and children improve.
- failure cycles may be broken for families.
- more people may be encouraged to contribute to education in New Zealand.
- the highly successful models from overseas may be implemented here.
- state schools and Charter Schools may co-operate to ensure successful implementation.
Are teachers really happy being represented by people like Philip Harding who simply spout off what they are told to say and have lost the focus that education is for children?
What is it that about the unions, Labour and the Greens that they are so scared of potential educational improvement for Maori and Pacific Island children?