When the PISA results came out this week I thought the following things (but only for a moment):
I thought the NZEI would come out and say that it is clear that Primary teachers need much greater expertise in Maths and Science (which is often barely touched in Primary Schools) and that they will be encouraging them to seek much greater knowledge and training in those areas. I thought they might say that teachers are disappointed in these outcomes and know they need to lift their game for the good of the children.
I was wrong – the NZEI President ignores the role of her teachers and blames the economy:
“Growing inequity and long term poverty have a big impact on student achievement.”
States that her teachers are helpless and can’t learn themselves.
”Yet for the past five years, teachers have been starved of professional development while the government has focused on unnecessary and irrelevant data collection.”