Mike Hosking discusses National Standards in his editorial.
I guess I have been lucky. National standards have been a non-event for me, well as a parent anyway. National standards though as a broadcaster have been a hotly debated, contentious concept that according to a report out from the Ministry of Education this week is wrong quite a bit of the time.
The teachersâ€™ unions hate them, the claims over national standards from the unions have been many fold and none of it good. The detail is vague, it can be misinterpreted, teachers donâ€™t like them, some schools held out against them, it leads to parents making comparisons with other schools which means that makes the education system competitive.
If all I knew about national standards was what I had heard on the radio and I had no kids and no teachers to talk to, Iâ€™d have come to the conclusion they were a risky, problematic concept riddled with issues that were leading the nationâ€™s kids and schools down a slippery old slope. It is perhaps a good lesson as to why there is often more than one side to most stories.Â Read more »