Makes you sick to the stomach to know that a teachers union is dedicated to eradicating educational success to protect the average and the ineffective among its members – no matter the human cost
On the completed entry tests for next year’s intake of students at the Vanguard Military School, one of New Zealand’s first charter schools, there were plenty of 16 and 17 year olds who failed to spell ‚Äėencourage’, ‚Äėdescribe’, or ‚Äėnational’ correctly.
They couldn’t subtract 27 from 74. They didn’t even attempt to answer the simple division and multiplication questions.
Isaac Berry, 16, used to be one of those kids. Last year he only achieved 14 credits towards his level one NCEA. You need 80 credits to pass.
“I kind of forgot to go to school last year,” he said.
The talented BMX rider spent most of his time at the skate park. This year at the Vanguard school, Berry has discovered he also has academic talents. “It was when I got my first excellence I realised how far I could push myself,” he says.
Now he has 70 credits and is certain to to pass Level One NCEA.
I’ve been tracking the success of¬†Vanguard Military School since its inception, and if nothing else, if the kids can now spell “national” correctly, I can see why the PPTA would be unhappy! Read more »