Frances Nelson

Why the left hate Anne Tolley

There’s a nasty little hate-filled column on education in the SST yesterday (not online) which does the newspaper no favours.

Anthony Hubbard trots out an entirely predictable attack on charter schools, using NZEI darling and government hater Ivan Snook’s “evidence”. Farrar discusses the perils of relying on Snook’s “evidence”.

Oh Ivan Snook. Having Ivan Snook attack the Government’s education policy is as surprising as having Sue Bradford attack the welfare policy. Professor Snook has spent decades as a champion of socialism, and fighting almost every educational initiative since and including Tomorrow’s Schools. You can read his own version of it here.

Even Trevor Mallard when Education Minister commented:

Ivan Snook advises teachers to continue with their professional reading. I would endorse that advice, with the proviso that teachers find someone other than Ivan Snook to read.

For once I agree with Trevor.

As usual though, there is no mention in the Hubbard article of the twenty per cent of kids who are failing. Or any suggested alternatives which might help. It’s all class war and how dare the right have an opinion on an education system which the left has run to its own advantage (but not kids) for years.

Of course there is no mention of the massive defeats suffered by the unions over national standards and wage claims at the hands of Anne Tolley. But Hubbard does have a go at Tolley, for being stolid and stubborn.

The truth is Tolley refused to bow down to the unions, and parents are now getting better school reports than at any time in the past.

She faced down the likes of Frances Nelson, Ian Leckie and the well-financed NZEI campaign against Standards. She also stared down Kate Gainsford (better known as Mrs Brent Edwards of RNZ) over the PPTA’s ludicrous wage claims. The likes of Mallard, Moroney, Carter and Hughes couldn’t dislodge her, and nor could their buddies at Red Radio.

Anne Tolley put kids and parents first. No wonder she is hated by the left.

Another email from Perry Rush

Another email via the tipline showing that the union organised opposition to National Standards are planning to ignore government policy and refuse to submit National Standards data to the Ministry or at the very least to submit them in a format that makes things difficult. Worse they are inciting more schools to essentially break the law:
Email from Perry Rush

Perry¬†Rush is, of course, the principal of Island Bay School in Wellington, and was among a number of principals plotting to take over¬†the School Trustees Association.¬†- along with the likes of¬†Labour candidate Pat Newman, Auckland’s Iain Taylor,¬†the NZEI’s Frances Nelson and the infamous Marlene Campbell, who called Anne Tolley “Hitler”.

An email exchange shows principals involved in a boycott of the standards discussed “dealing with” the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

“The easiest way is for us to quietly take over regional organisations of NZSTA … Just imagine NZSTA run by principals!” an email written by Hora Hora School principal Pat Newman states.

Mr Newman is former president of the Principals’ Federation and the immediate past president of the Tai Tokerau Principals Association.

He is one of two Labour Party members vying for selection to stand as the Labour candidate in Whangarei next year.

His email was sent to, among others, Denise Torrey, president of the Canterbury Primary Principals Association; Frances Nelson, president of the national primary teachers’ union; Iain Taylor, president of the Auckland Primary Principals Association, and Perry Rush, Island Bay School principal.

Marlene Campbell, principal of Invercargill’s Salford School and a member of the Southland Primary Principals Association executive, which this week called Education Minister Anne Tolley “Minister Hitler”, was also a recipient. All have been vocal critics of the national standards.

Mr Taylor responded to Mr Newman’s August 20 email with: “Oh that the go!! Great thinking … loved ya email to her too … man she awful!!” Mr Taylor was referring to NZSTA president Lorraine Kerr, who has refused to criticise or fully endorse the standards.

So you can see the calibre of the company he keeps……

These guys however just keep on repeating lies – and hope lazy journalists pick up on them. So the stuff about flaws is crap – as is Standards failing overseas – they have never been introduced overseas. (Standard testing has – ie one test on one day -¬†but that’s not what National’s policy is implementing – here in New Zealand we are monitoring kids throughout the year.) We know that it is all crap because the union is hiring a useful idiot to conduct “independent”¬†research to confirm their lies.

There’s no doubt this is a political campaign, with Perry Rush¬†and other principals trying to dupe and bully boards into signing off on something they probably don’t understand – while trusting their principals to be professional.

Rush has constantly exagerrated the numbers he has backing him Рand this is yet another petty protest as he knows he is getting no traction whatsoever in the media.

BUT what Perry Rush doesn’t tell the boards – and¬†this is the bit that readers will appreciate – if schools don’t set targets against Standards, the Ministry won’t have the info to target funding for the kids and schools which need it. So they will miss out on millions in resourcing, and kids in these schools will continue to fail – all because of politics. Parents will then be demanding an explanation from their school. They should be demanding an¬†explanation¬†fromt heir schools now about why they are trying to circumvent government policy that could well affect future funding.

Also – schools which don’t set targets won’t have access to professional development for their teachers – which is worth about $80 million a year.

Of course, the other reason they¬†don’t want to set targets is that communities will then find out which principals/teachers aren’t up to scratch – and again parents will, rightly, demand answers.

Both NZEI and the Principals’ Federation flounced out of the independent advisory group which was set up to address concerns. Of course they are only interested in union members – not kids. They honestly believe Labour will win the election and they can go back to the bad old days where parents were kept in the dark about how their kids are doing in school.

They’ve never forgiven Anne Tolley for introducing this without them giving the OK – and now the unions can’t get their voice heard and it’s killing them.

By the way – these are primary school kids – they don’t pass or fail – it’s only by identifying which kids are struggling that they can be given additional support so they can read, write and do maths properly. A lot of schools already say they know which kids are struggling – which begs the question – what the hell have they been doing about it?

Time to smash the Teachers Unions, all of them, hard

The Dompost shows the very great lengths that the Tweetchers and Principals are prepared to go to to control the sector.

A group of rebel principals plotted to “quietly take over” an association representing 90 per cent of school boards in an effort to overwhelm the national standards debate, leaked emails suggest.

An email exchange shows principals involved in a boycott of the standards discussed “dealing with” the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

“The easiest way is for us to quietly take over regional organisations of NZSTA … Just imagine NZSTA run by principals!” an email written by Hora Hora School principal Pat Newman states.

Mr Newman is former president of the Principals’ Federation and the immediate past president of the Tai Tokerau Principals Association.

He is one of two Labour Party members vying for selection to stand as the Labour candidate in Whangarei next year.

His email was sent to, among others, Denise Torrey, president of the Canterbury Primary Principals Association; Frances Nelson, president of the national primary teachers’ union; Iain Taylor, president of the Auckland Primary Principals Association, and Perry Rush, Island Bay School principal.

Marlene Campbell, principal of Invercargill’s Salford School and a member of the Southland Primary Principals Association executive, which this week called Education Minister Anne Tolley “Minister Hitler”, was also a recipient. All have been vocal critics of the national standards.

Mr Taylor responded to Mr Newman’s August 20 email with: “Oh that the go!! Great thinking … loved ya email to her too … man she awful!!” Mr Taylor was referring to NZSTA president Lorraine Kerr, who has refused to criticise or fully endorse the standards.

The organisation they wanted to infiltrate and take over by stealth is the same organisation that reminded Borads of Trustees that they were now to pass any school funds on to the illegal boycott of National Standards. No wonder the Labour member activist Principals wanted to take it over.

While Labour candidate presumptive Pat Newman thinks that it is all much ado about nothing his vast protest against the implementation of government policy seems to be unravelling before their very eyes. With leak after leak of documents showing their meddling, their nicking of state funding to pay for the protest and the outright lies of their cause, is it any surprise then that we find out that a third of the schools that Pat Newman and his fellow conspirators have declared to be in their cabal, aren’t, in fact.

Nearly a third of the schools that said they had no confidence in National Standards have told the Ministry of Education they do in fact plan to implement the controversial scheme.

A group called Boards Taking Action Coalition said last week that the trustees from 225 schools around the country had issued a vote of no confidence in National Standards. As a result those schools would refuse to set student achievements targets for next year until the system was reviewed.

The next day the ministry starting contacting all of the protesting schools’ boards of trustees to check the claim.

The Herald has learned 66 of the 225 coalition boards indicated their schools planned to implement the standards in full. A further 109 said they would take some form of action or were yet to decide if they would implement the standards in full. Fifty schools are yet to be contacted.

The ministry yesterday said it could not comment as it had not finished making all the calls.

So this means that the cabal of conspirators are in fact big fat liars. Worse thing is that these people are in charge of teaching our children.

I think it is high time that there was a general smacking around of the teacher and¬†principal¬†unions. They certainly shouldn’t be able to avail themselves of taxpayers funds to mount their protests.

While we are smacking about uppity teachers, i see that the Herald has also picked up that Marlene Campbell just can’t seem to say sorry like she means it. If there was any case for the sacking of a¬†Principal¬†it is her case, and I would put a commissioner into her school, along with Perry Rush’s and Pat Newman’s.