Teachers Union claims excessive inequity the problem

Seriously?  Their whole award system to ensure everyone is paid the same.  How can this possibly be excessive inequity?

The country’s largest teachers’ union will march on Parliament today protesting against growing inequity in schools at the same time as the education minister is hosting an international summit.

NZEI has organised rallies in Wellington and Auckland timed to coincide with the hosting of OECD education ministers and union leaders, who are discussing best practices for lifting student achievement.

Education Minister Hekia Parata said she was disappointed with the protest timing, especially given NZEI’s involvement in the organisation of the summit and being part of previous delegations to New York and Amsterdam.

She would continue to have a relationship with the union, which was one of the objectives of the cross-sector forum that was set up following the first summit.

“We will continue to try to work together but it does take two.”

Nga Kura-a-Iwi, a federation representing Maori schools, has also spoken out against the NZEI and the “disrespect” it has shown the summit.

Co-chairwoman Arihia Stirling said it was an “inappropriate time to be airing dirty linen”.

Heh.  Running foul of protocol with their Maori brethren.

“It’s wrong to do this now, we don’t have people dying in the street, we don’t have people bleeding at the hands of the education sector . . . it’s poor judgment of the leadership of the union to do this at this time.

“Why would you air your dirty linen in front of the world when it’s imperative we get the rest of the world down here to learn and strengthen our education system?”

The NZEI was welcoming summit guests with one hand and slapping them in the face with the other, she said.

NZEI vice-president Frances Guy said she was surprised by iwi reaction, given they had consulted with the Maori arm of the union before organising the rallies.

“We believe this conference is all about equity and inclusion and making sure the best education is available for our tamariki.

“I’d be surprised if anyone at this conference could not see that as important,” she said.

“Our rally is about that and how inequities we have in New Zealand need to be addressed.”

Seems to me the NZEI isn’t in control of its own people. ¬†On the one hand they are helping with the summit to constructively work on some ideas, and the other part of the NZEI turns up to protest the summit. ¬†FAIL.


NZEI Motive Revealed – Control – not kids

Education is for kids. Almost as soon as the government announced the introduction of Charter Schools in New Zealand the NZEI bought an activist from New Orleans – Karran Harper Royal – who complained in all sorts of ways about the schools.

Wrong state and wrong person to bring. Latest out of New Orleans is:

“Our model is about empowering educators that are closest to the children, to give them the autonomy to have great schools, but to have a strong accountability system in place,” says RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard. One of the RSD’s key roles is “ensuring there is equity and access throughout the whole system.”

The academic gains have been dramatic. The city has surpassed the state average for high school graduation by several points, with 77.8 percent of the class of 2012 graduating within four years ‚Äď up from just over 54 percent in 2004.

One measure regularly used in Louisiana is the Growth School Performance Score, which is based on test scores, graduation rates, and other factors. Based on those scores, in 2004-05 only 12 percent of students in New Orleans attended ‘A’ or ‘B’ schools while nearly 75 percent attended ‘F’ schools, reports New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO), a nonprofit that incubates and supports charter schools. By 2012-13, just 17 percent of students were in ‘F’ schools, while 34 percent were in ‘A’ or ‘B’ schools.

Yet another bright point: the percentage of students qualifying for college scholarships from the state based on ACT scores and grade-point averages. Prior to Katrina, less than 6 percent of students in 14 high schools later taken over by the RSD qualified for these scholarships, NSNO reports. In 2013, 27 percent did.

While there’s still a long way to go, “on the whole, the schools are unequivocally better,” says Michael Stone, a spokesman for NSNO. ¬† Read more »

Best Start? Not really, Breeder’s Bribe falls flat

David Cunliffe’s big policy announcement has turned into a debacle.

Then there is the problem that his chosen title for the policy appears to have either been nicked from Ontario in Canada or from the NZEI who have a website called

Then there was the delivery where Cunliffe had to prompt his incredulous audience, there for the big state of the nation speech but delivered up astonishing tosh of middle class welfare for breeders. Cunliffe on multiple occasions had to indicate for the audience to clap or laugh, and his speech was peppered with him asking rhetorical questions that his delivery was so poor on he had to end sentences with a “yeah?” or a “if you know what I mean?”.¬† Read more »

I bet he was registered

Another day another registered ratbag teacher before the courts.

Labour and the teacher unions all claim that registration protects the kids…it is starting to look like registration protects kids as well as the catholic church does.

A Nelson teacher found guilty of indecently assaulting five children under the age of 12 can now be named.

In the Nelson District Court on November 22, Lawrence Shaw, 44, was found guilty of indecently assaulting five girls under the age of 12.

A nine-man, three-woman jury took two hours to convict Shaw on all charges. He will be sentenced on January 15.¬† Read more »

Tolley lets rip at Labour, teachers’ unions and Mallard

There was an urgent debate in the House yesterday on the PISA results.

Anne Tolley¬†didn’t mince her words.

The best part from 0.46 to 2.44

Guest Post – An email from a principal

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.”

Read more »

Bet the unions won’t support changes like this to improve education

The UK is in a similar position to NZ in the latest PISA rankings in education.

While our teacher unions oppose every move to improve things the UK is busy implementing changes that evidence shows is helping. Like the publishing of League Tables, something that teacher union oppose the world over.

The Irish Times explores league tables:

What if official school league tables have been shown to improve the performance of schools and lessen educational inequality? What if school league tables are good for education?

Well three years ago a research paper with precisely those findings made waves across the water in the UK.

England and Wales have very similar education systems. Between 1992 and 2001, both English and Welsh systems published annual school performance tables, based on GCSE (Junior Cert level) exam results. But then, in 2001, the Welsh parliament voted to stop.

Here was a natural experiment between two identical systems, one of which now lacked a key component of accountability: the official school league table. Researchers at Bristol university, led by Prof Simon Burgess, decided to look at what happened next.

The result, according to their findings, was ‚Äúsystematic, significant and robust‚ÄĚ evidence that abolishing school league tables reduced the academic effectiveness of Welsh schools.¬† Read more »

PPTA/NZEI can stop banging on now…

…about the NZ education system being world class…..and about Finland. Both take a hammering in the latest rankings.¬†

Time for change and for the unions to stop opposing everything and put kids first.

Time for Labour to take responsibility for their ridiculous numeracy project that has impacted on the 15 year olds being tested.

Time for National to get bolder.

The common factor in NZ’s decline over the last 14 years. The unions opposing everything.¬† Read more »


He was registered too, as he gets a strike warning for fiddling with kids

Another day another registered teacher before the courts.The various teacher unions and the Labour party all claim that registration of teachers is to protect kids, yet everyday almost there is a dodgy ratbag of a registered teacher before the courts.

A former assistant principal at a South Waikato immersion school has pleaded guilty to 11 charges of sexually assaulting young boys.

Rueben James Parinui Tapara, 33, is the former assistant principal at Te Wharekura o te Kaokaoroa o Patetere, a South Waikato Maori immersion school.

He appeared via audio visual link in the Hamilton District Court today charged with three counts of¬†sexual connection with a boy aged 12 to 16,¬†three counts of doing an indecent act on a boy aged 12 to 16, one count¬†of selling or supplying cannabis and four counts of indecent assault. ¬† Read more »

Labour and teachers can’t hide from this

Further to my earlier post, it would seem that the prophesy is coming true.

When battling (and beating) teachers and unions over the need for National Standards, Anne Tolley warned that New Zealand kids were in danger of falling behind:

“New Zealand continues to have a disproportionate number of lower achievers, and this hasn’t changed in the past nine years.

‚ÄúFurther, there has been no change in our reading performance since 2000, and in maths since 2003.”

Now, it seems, the world is overtaking us from the report in the NZ Herald.

Already, Labour seem to be trying to blame¬†National Standards. But that won’t wash I’m afraid.¬† Read more »