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PPTA President Loves Education that brings Systemic Failure of the Poor


In a “my job is tough please cry me a river” article PPTA President Angela Roberts closes by stating:

Public education is important for a nation. We have a great system in New Zealand and these challenges come about so we can improve our great curriculum.

So she is happy with:

– many decile 1 & 2 schools getting Year 13 UE pass rates of less than 20% while decile 9 & 10 are almost uniformly above 60%.

– ongoing gaps for Maori and Pasifika compared to the rest of the New Zealand population.   Read more »

Tories take on teachers’ unions with crackdown on useless schools

The Tories aren’t wasting any time after winning the UK general election and gaining an outright majority.

First order of business is whacking the teacher unions and their protection of dead head teachers and principals.

The Conservatives have opened a new front in their war with teachers’ unions and Labour politicians who are trying to block radical education reforms, promising to change the law to force through hundreds of new academy schools.

Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, announced plans to intervene immediately in failing state schools, warning that it is “unacceptable” for children to be given inadequate teaching for even one day after failings have been identified.

Writing for The Telegraph, she said an Education Bill in the Queen’s Speech next week would give her new powers to send in hit squads to replace failing school leaders “from day one”.

In a further move, she declared she would accelerate plans to turn hundreds of struggling primaries and comprehensives into semi-independent academies, and open 500 more “free schools”, despite militant opposition from teachers’ unions and Left-wing councils.

The proposals represent a major escalation of the Conservative Party’s battle with the education establishment, after Michael Gove’s free school and academy reforms infuriated union bosses throughout the last parliament.

At Westminster, the plan will be seen as a clear signal of David Cameron’s intent to use his new Tory majority to pursue “true blue” policies, unhindered by being in coalition with the Liberal Democrats.   Read more »

What should break the heart of a PPTA President

In Saturday’s NZ Herald PPTA President Angela Roberts announced that a Charter School spending less than her annual salary (and funded from a variety of sources) to buy a Waka for their children to use “breaks my heart” and “hurts”.

What should really break the heart of a PPTA President?

Shouldn’t it be massively funded PPTA staffed schools achieving atrocious results for children that lock them into unemployment and negative social cycles. Shouldn’t it be the huge set of negative differentials in New Zealand for Maori and Pasifika students?

No doubt people are trying hard in these schools but the results should be breaking Roberts’ heart. Here a few examples from State Schools where children need help:

Tamaki College gets $6 million per year (exclusive of buildings and centralised services) but only 44% of their Year 11s get NCEA Level 1 and only 11% of their Year 13s get UE.    Read more »

The struggle: getting rid of bad teachers

Things are pretty dire in New Zealand with the mere idea of performance pay getting scuttled by the unions, but in the US they have an even more destructive situation:  tenure.

California is trying to break the back of this problem that puts the needs of teachers before those of the children.

A California judge ruled as unconstitutional Tuesday the state’s teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, saying they keep bad teachers in the classroom and force out the good ones, the plaintiffs said.

The ruling was hailed by the nation’s top education chief as bringing to California — and possibly the nation — an opportunity to build “a new framework for the teaching profession.” The decision represented “a mandate” to fix a broken teaching system, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.

The Los Angeles County court ordered a stay on the decision, pending an appeal by the state and the teachers union, the plaintiffs said.

Reforming teacher tenure and firing laws is a hotly debated issue in American education, and the California case is being watched nationally — evidenced by a statement by Duncan immediately after the court ruling.

Nationally and internationally.  The whole situation where bad teachers are just about impossible to get rid of has its parallels in New Zealand too, with hundreds of convicted teachers continuing to teach under the protection of name suppression, and absolutely zero visibility on teachers’ individual effectiveness.

Reformers say firing a bad teacher is almost impossible because of tenure laws and union protections, but teachers and their unions argue school boards and their firing criteria have unfair, overtly political standards.

Duncan, a former schools chief in Chicago, said he hoped the ruling will spark a national dialogue on a teacher tenure process “that is fair, thoughtful, practical and swift.”

At a minimum, Duncan said the court decision, if upheld, will bring to California “a new framework for the teaching profession that protects students’ rights to equal educational opportunities while providing teachers the support, respect and rewarding careers they deserve.”

But who started this legal process?  Government?  Teachers’ unions?  Educators?  Principal associations?  Maybe even local government?  Can you guess?   Read more »

There’s a surprise, schools are failing

There is an old saying in business…”what gets measured, gets done”. This is why you give sales reps targets, have KPIs and keep accounts.

In teaching until recently there was no such thing. National introduced national standards and the teacher unions fought and are still fighting against them. They don’t want to be measured, because in measuring them they will be found wanting…and they have.

Wellington and Hawke’s Bay primary and secondary school pupils are lagging behind government targets, but they are not alone.

Nationwide, none of the targets for national standards, NCEA for school leavers, or early childhood education participation is being met.

For the first time, parents can now see a regional breakdown for achievement throughout a child’s schooling.

The Government has set four targets for the sector, but nationally they are missing the mark – in the case of primary school writing standards, the gap is 15 per cent.   Read more »

Labour flunkies shop another Education story to HoS

Once again the Herald on Sunday has fallen for the Labour flunkies in education crying a river of tears to help them sell papers.

They have a story about over-crowed schools, they quote Malcolm Milner:

Auckland is growing up, in more ways than one – just ask Malcolm Milner. He is principal of an inner-city primary school about to embark on a project that will horrify many. Milner’s Balmoral School is set to grow from a fairly typical state school into a three- or even four-storey affair.

When Milner took the job at Balmoral School six years ago, the school roll was about 730. By the end of this year it is expected to top 855 and is forecast to reach almost 1000 by 2015.

“Huge primary schools are not something we have had in New Zealand before and people have to ask themselves if this is what we really want for our children,” Milner says. “This is something brought in by the Government by stealth and the public needs to be aware of what is going on.”

Milner says his school can’t keep eating into its playing fields for new classrooms.

“We are going to build to three storeys but can go up to four if needed,” he says. “I keep asking myself, how big does the Ministry of Education expect my school to get?

“As a country surely we cannot afford to see education as a monetary rather than a social priority. That would be disastrous. We need to start buying more land to build more schools rather than create high-rise institutions for our children.”  Read more »

Overwhelming support?

Hmmm, the NZEI have gone from bullying and whining about levels of support in their emails to now claiming in a press release for the compliant media to repeat that they had “overwhelming support” for their protests today.

More than ten thousand primary and early childhood teachers, school support staff, parents and other supporters took part in marches and rallies throughout the country today in protest at the Government’s education agenda.

In Auckland , Queen Street was closed to traffic as around four thousand people marched to Aotea Square, in Wellington around 2000 gathered outside Parliament grounds while in Christchurch several hundred people converged on MP Gerry Brownlee’s electorate office.

The national Day of Action wasn’t limited to the main centres. Around the rest of the country, from Whangarei through to Invercargill, many hundreds took to the streets to show their support for retaining New Zealand’s public education system.  Read more »

NZEI looking for “Rent A Crowd”

As teachers show apathy toward the NZEI organised protests the union is getting desperate, they are now seeking “rent a crowd” to assist with numbers in many provincial centres. My tip line has gone wild with people sending me emails like this one.

>>> Karen Jackson 11/04/2013 10:46 a.m. >>>

FYI…has just been sent through..

How are you all going with your march/rally organisation? Do you need anything else?..I’m just about to ring ‘hire a crowd’ !

Karen Jackson
Lead Organiser
NZEI Te Riu Roa
Box 8041
New Plymouth

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Cool let’s protest…oh wait, what are we protesting?

More on the protesting by NZEI teachers.

This is hilarious…the teachers turning up for the protest tomorrow (with their kids) and don’t even know what the protest is about…and have to be schooled themselves.

Oh and don’t miss how they are being implored to bring the kids so they can stretch their “demonstration legs”.

Teacher protest

I think a more appropriate protest would be for parents to start singing this song:


Revealing the hidden agenda of union scum

I wrote yesterday about the scum NZEI using Novopay to push their own anti-government and pro-left agenda.

Not to mention the disgusting use of kids on anti-government protests, using Novopay as a convenient beard.

Well, it continued last night on TV One.

A normal, upstanding principal was wheeled out (at 1″17) and he dutifully attacked the Government.  Read more »