Imagine you are an activistÂ principalÂ ..you point the finger and tell everyone else who things should be doneâ€¦you even describe the government as Nazis and call the ministerÂ HitlerÂ orÂ Goebbelsâ€¦you alsoÂ abuse the Secretary of Educationâ€¦and meanwhile your school is performing so badly,Â with high staff turnoverÂ and other numerous problems that statutory managers are called inâ€¦do you think you should be sacked?
Well it turns out she may well be getting the sack, especially after ignoring instructions not to speak to media.
Salford School principal Marlene Campbell has been suspended.
Ms Campbell released a statement last night saying the man who yesterday suspended her, Peter Macdonald, had been “looking for an excuse to get rid of” her.Â Read more »
Imagine you are an activistÂ principalÂ ..you point the finger and tell everyone else who things should be done…you even describe the government as Nazis and call the minister Hitler or Goebbels…you also abuse the Secretary of Education…and meanwhile your school is performing so badly, with high staff turnover and other numerous problems that statutory managers are called in…do you think you should be sacked?
Most of us would think a principal such as that described above should be sacked. Some would say that such a principal is a figment of my imagination, but they would be wrong.
One of the tactics over the last few days by the NZEI has been to tell members to flood the comment sections of any online class size articles.
Many of them pretend to be “normal” people and don’t own up to their twisted backgrounds.
One of the ringleaders over at the NZEI Facebook pageÂ is a certain Dempsey Woodley. He likes to be the voice of reason – but is in fact an NZEI staffer and former Radio NZ producer.
There’s also an old friend of the Whale Army – a certainAllan Alach. This disgraced former principal used to spend all day slagging off the government while happily pocketing the taxpayer dollar. Before I exposed him.
Trevor Mallard again makes defamatory and racist remarks on Red Alert. Not only that he is actively repeating gossip supplied to him by the same board member who actively manipulated events in Rodney and Coromandel. National will at some stage have to deal with this board member and his pals in Auckland. It is unconscionable that people in that position leak to Labour MPs so they can help their mates get selected.
Trevor Mallard sends an email to supporters imploring them not to panic, that their campaign is going brilliantly and to use patsy lines in Twitter. Unfortunately the intellectually infirm Labour supporters use the lines word for word and Twitter looks like a redux of Mallard’s email.
Labour didn’t want to get into details about their Capital Gains Tax plans. They didn’t want that because they simply hadn’t done the work. Almost every question was met with a response that the “Expert panel” would be looking at that. Unfortunately for Labour the public veryÂ definitelyÂ wanted details.
Labour meanwhile, after insisting that they would start following the rules breaks them yet againÂ with another mail out. I complain to the Electoral Commission who subsequently refer labour, again, to the Police. The Police still haven’t done anything. Labour calculates that the Police won;t do anything and continues to break the law knowing that there are no consequences for them ever.
Phil Goff says that he wasn’t briefed by the SIS about some Israeli tourists in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake. Things are about to get interesting which I will detail in aÂ separateÂ post. This becomes my second big story of the year.
Trevor Mallard won the bike race. Meanwhile I won the war, having Labour campaign strategist focused entirely on beating me in a bike race for 6 weeks. I managed to come second in a 60km race against a professional cyclist and part time politician.
Clare Curran attacks the Greens for stealing Labour’s votes. Labour are inÂ meltdownÂ as they start to realise that their social media campaign is failing.
Jacinda Ardern complained about the congestion around the toaster at the airport lounge. Letting all us peasants know how important she is that she is in the lounge and troughing it up at the same time.
I bust Greens candidate Max Coyle for the sad little story in the Waikato Times that he fed to them. The Greens withdraw Max from their candidate list. Tim McIndoe didn’t need a Greens candidate to win handsomely, he was benefiting from The Moroney Effect.
Oh the hours of endless speculation? Personally, I reckon Labourâ€™s campaign strategy is being run by a crew of demented P-addict gerbils with a KFC fetish, whilst playingÂ Elton JohnÂ and Queen simultaneously. Of course, the gerbils could be running ACTâ€™s campaign; Labour may be guided by a crack team of lemmingsâ€¦
Trevor Mallard continued to prove that his personalÂ demeanourÂ was moreÂ suitedÂ to drunken pub brawls than to Twitter. Yet he was trotting along to caucus and telling everyone that Labour would win using Social media.
As you would imagine, parents have been contacting me saying it is outrageous that militant unionists â€“ happy to take the taxpayer dollar â€“ are stooping to this level.
Well, it just got worse.
I can now reveal that left-wing and Labour principals are spending their working school days â€“ when they are being paid to teach kids â€“ using school time and resources to stir up hatred, slag the government, and promote Labour and the unions on Facebook.
Of course, they are so stupid that they think they are invisible. Well, their lies and bile are there for all to see and it makes grim reading for parents, who will be assuming that these muppets are teaching their kids, as they are employed to do.
One of the worst offenders is Northlandbully principalPat Newman. Oh â€“ and by chance he is also a Labour candidate in the election. So is it appropriate for him to be using school time and resources to promote himself, Labour and plot to break the law?
The main poster is the principal of Hokowhitu School in Palmerston North, Allan Alach. He seems to have lots of time on his hands during the school day, to try and rally his comrades rather than teach kids at his school how to read, write and do maths.
Any journalist worth their salt would be calling the boards of trustees of all the principals involved and asking how much taxpayer time and money is being wasted on this, and is it appropriate for the principal to be using the school resources to make a political protest.
Remember â€“ these guys want to hide information from journalists and parents because they donâ€™t want crap schools and teachers identified.
These dinosaurs from a long-gone era of teacher unionism have lost the battle and will continue to lose.
Now the much-trumpetedÂ www.ourprincipals.co.nz – which was a poorly-made mix of lies, hysteria and excuses as to why our kids canâ€™t read and write – but that Standards aren’t the answer – has quietly been taken down.
Last I looked, you could almost hear the tumbleweeds rolling through. Hardly any posts â€“ and about fifteen comments mostly from whingers or spammers.
Anne Tolley has quietly strangled this shoddy bunch behind the scenes. Theyâ€™re not so much out of the tent, as banished to Siberia.
Normal principals have been up in arms about the NZPF anti-government nastiness â€“ and the tipline has been told of resignations from what is supposed to be a professional organisation, but is now nothing more than a front for Labour and the Greens.
We are paying for this rubbish. Taxpayers fund schools â€“ and schools use their operational funding to pay subs to NZPF for their principals. And letâ€™s not forget they use our money to fly around the country to conferences and spread their poison.
Itâ€™s only right then, to allow the Whale Army to voice their opinions on this and other issues at the pitiful NZPF Facebook page.
Feel free to use the social media opportunity provided by the NZPF to let these people know how you feel about them ducking accountability while blatantly using our money to attack the Government and push left-wing garbage.
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 areÂ incitingÂ more schools to essentially break the law: Email from Perry Rush
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 -Â 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”Â research to confirm their lies.
There’s no doubt this is a political campaign, with Perry RushÂ 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 hasÂ backing him – and 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 – andÂ 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 anÂ explanationÂ 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 theyÂ 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?