Andrew Dickens recognises bullshit when he sees it and he’s recognised that it isn’t the government’s fault there have only been moderate increases in results from National Standards.
He’s even called out the union shills like Kirsty Johnson. He has gone up considerably in my opinion, admittedly from a rather low base.
Having pulled the housing issue apart over the past weeks my colleagues at NZME have now turned their attention to education.
The headlines all yesterday morning was that a quarter of our children starting secondary school are below the National Standards introduced by National in 2008.
This despite an investment of $250m extra by the Government to lift literacy and numeracy.
Cue Talkback. Teachers are all Marxists. NCEA is crap. Nobody rote learns any more. All anyone cares about is participation not success and winning. It’s PC gone mad. Kids can’t climb trees and it’s all social engineering. Blah blah blah blah.
There’s an awful lot of smoke and mirrors here.
Yes an extra quarter billion has been invested. But remember our population has swelled by 500,000 people in the last decade so that money was needed just to keep pace. When politicians say they’re spending more on health and education remember that they have to because there are more of us.
They’re playing politics. That’s because they’re politicians.
As an aside when was the last new hospital built in this country, which, by the way, is 20 per cent bigger than 10 years ago?
So the figure says we’ve flatlined. In other words the problems we have in education are exactly the same as the problems we’ve always had. We’re no better or worse than we’ve ever been.