On Friday Deputy General Secretary Policy of the PPTA Bronwyn Cross opened the front door to the raving lunacy of an organisation that purports to represent NZ Secondary School teachers.
This is also the organisation having the major influence on the Green/Labour education “strategy”.
Here is a summary:
1) You are not allowed to ask them a question, to justify their position or to support anything with research or references (normal practice in a good school). It is also okay to treat people like they are stupid when they ask a question (interesting role modelling for educators).
Cross: “I will try to unscramble your points but I do not intend to enter into a dialogue with you about them.”
2) Yes – some Charter Schools do well overseas – but any money going to anything but a PPTA controlled school is theft.
Charter school results are a mixed bag but overall there is no good evidence that they do any better than the schools they are pinching resources and funding from.
3) Actually trying to motivate and encourage children to learn is a waste of time.
Cross: “Long experience in the classroom has taught me that you can’t teach someone something they don’t want to learn.” Read more »