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This is what Cunliffe wants Kiwi Kids to miss out on…

…so he can keep the teacher unions happy.

David Cunliffe keeps promising to close down the fledgling NZ Charter Schools. He doesn’t do that out of any care for NZ children – merely because the statement appeases the unions – and stops him having to take the time to research how good they are becoming.

Here are some hints on what current and future children in NZ (particularly those in the “Labour electorates”) will enjoy:

As charter operators have figured out how to succeed with children, they are doubling down on the best models. Successful charter schools have many distinctive features: longer school days and longer years, more flexibility and accountability for teachers and principals, higher expectations for students, more discipline and structure, more curricular innovation, more rigorous testing. Most charter growth today is coming from replication of the best schools.

In New York City, the average charter-school student now absorbs five months of extra learning a year in math, and one extra month in reading, compared with counterparts in conventional schools.

At KIPP, the largest chain of charters, 86% of all students are low-income, and 95% are African-American or Latino, yet 83% go to college.¬† Read more »

Still protecting their own, why does this ratbag teacher have name suppression?

The Teachers Council continues to protect ratbag teachers, registered ones I might add. Despite drink driving convictions where he only copped a censure, they let him continue teaching and it was only once he got busted duping the Teachers Council was his registration cancelled.

But he still gets to have his name suppressed. These ratbags are more concerned with protecting their own than kids in classes.

Rebecca Quilliam reports:

A teacher who was in danger of losing his registration after drink-driving convictions fabricated the existence of a counsellor to keep his job and then said she had fled the country when his story began to unravel.

Following an investigation, the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal cancelled the teacher’s registration and ordered him to pay costs of nearly $6000.

The teacher, who has name suppression, also created documents from the counsellor, which gave glowing reports on his progress in understanding his offending, a report from the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal said.

His ruse began about July, 2009, following drink driving convictions, when he submitted a false letter to the Teachers Council claiming to be from the counsellor, noting her qualifications in clinical psychology and that he had been undergoing counselling with her.

In October, 2009, he was censured for the convictions by the council’s Complaints Assessment Committee (CAC) who allowed for his teaching registration to be processed because of the counselling sessions, the tribunal said.

“The CAC was persuaded by the evidence from (the counsellor) and that the respondent appeared to have learnt a lot about himself through counselling and the stresses that caused the offending,” the tribunal said.¬† Read more »

Knock me down with a feather, they finally deregistered one

This must be a really, really, really bad case.

For once in their miserable lives the Teachers’ Council have finally deregistered a ratbag sicko teacher.

A 40-year-old teacher who had a physical relationship with a vulnerable teenage student has been deregistered.

The relationship began in 2011 and continued until 2013, when the student, who was undergoing counselling after her friend committed suicide, told her counsellor, the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal said in a decision released today.

The student was in year 11 when the relationship began, meaning she was likely 15. She was in year 13 when it ended.

The student said she was scared of reporting the relationship, because of her part in initiating it and the effect it could have on the teacher.

She said their relationship involved hugging, cuddling and kissing which had progressed to fondling, digital penetration and oral sex.

The girl’s parents then discovered electronic communications between her and the teacher, which they considered to contain elements of “predatory intent, grooming, manipulation, threat and censure”, the tribunal decision said.

That is pretty gross a 40 year old shagging a 15 year old…almost as bad as cousin shagging.

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Maths (and honesty): Why Hipkin’s could never be Minister of Education

In Parliament today Hipkins stated;

“that National wanted to spend more money of Charter Schools than they’re willing to put into the state school system.” (4:15)

Maths check:

Charter Schools: $19m over 4 years. Divided by 4 it is $4.75 million per year.¬† Read more »

Another registered teacher in trouble, system broken and useless

This is becoming a bit of a joke but shouldn’t be due to the serious nature of offending by teachers.

They are becoming more and more like the Catholic Church as offenders are routinely charged.

The opposition continues to insist that compulsory registration of teachers will protect the kids…that is becoming a rather hollow promise.

An investigation into a teacher who allegedly struck two children that took five years to resolve was “unreasonable” and reflects poorly on all involved, the ombudsman says.

The teacher subject to the New Zealand Teachers Council (NZTC) investigation, referred to as Mr A, complained to the ombudsman about the delay, poor communication, and conduct of the complaints assessment committee (CAC) involved in his case.

The ombudsman upheld his complaints on those matters, finding he suffered avoidable stress and frustration as a result of the “woefully inadequate” communication from the CAC and the delays in the investigation.

It sounds like a real bugger’s muddle at the Teachers Council

Mr A was the subject of one conduct complaint in December 2006 and another, at a second school, was made to the NZTC and referred to a CAC in July 2008.

The conduct complained about involved incidents of alleged striking of two primary school students.

As a result of the investigation, Mr A’s registration was suspended and he signed a voluntary agreement which required him to undergo a risk assessment to determine whether he could safely return to the classroom, the ombudsman’s report said. ¬† Read more »

I bet this one was registered too

Another registered teacher is in trouble for inappropriate behaviour with a student.

This despite opposition and teacher union claims that registration is the single best thing to protect the kids from ratbag sicko teachers.

This sicko even plied the kid with liquid panty remover.

A teacher had a 17-year-old student stay at his house for the night, supplying her with alcohol and stripping off to his underwear before putting his head on her legs.

In a decision released today, the Teachers’ Disciplinary Tribunal censured the teacher and suspended him for 12 months for serious misconduct.

The contact with the student started in August 2012, when the teacher’s house was burgled and he started receiving texts from an anonymous number.

After six weeks he met the mystery person for coffee and it turned out to be a 17-year-old female student from the school where he was teaching, who had no knowledge of the burglary.

A few days later the girl texted the teacher to ask for a ride to a rugby game and the teacher agreed.

After the game the girl said she was having family issues and could not go home.

The teacher took her back to his place about 7pm. He told the tribunal he assumed her father would pick her up later. ¬† Read more »

I bet she was registered

Labour and the teacher unions claim that teacher registration is best in order to protect the kids.

Yet every week there is a parade of teachers through the courts on charges.

Like this one on drugs charges.

An early childhood teacher has been sentenced to six months home detention at the Auckland District Court for smuggling methamphetamine.

Hayley Jacobs’ lawyer spoke of her client’s considerable fall from grace, which has already cost the teacher her marriage, her home, her job and possibly her career.¬† Read more »

Shock! Labour gets stuck into teachers

Alas, only in the UK.

It seems Labour in Britain is aware that Michael Gove is a hero to many with his education reforms, and they want a bit of the action.

Teachers would have to be licensed and could face the sack if they fail to meet tough new standards, the shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has pledged.

In a sign of how Labour hopes to outflank education secretary Michael Gove on teaching standards, Hunt is to revive a plan the last government abandoned on the eve of the 2010 general election.

Teachers would have to show they are meeting the high standards and would be required to undergo training to update their skills.

Under Hunt’s plans, teachers would have their lessons assessed by other teachers in a system overseen by a new Royal College of¬†Teaching. ¬†¬† Read more »

Poms to pay good teachers properly, unions having a sook

Teachers unions are just a protection racket for useless teachers who screw up kids lives.

In the UK where they are looking at paying teachers on performance, new research has found that despite vocal objections from the unions, most teachers welcome the principle behind it.

Teachers could earn £70,000 a year after just five years in the profession under a new performance-related pay scheme, according to a study.

A report by the influential Policy Exchange think tank found that a regime introduced by ministers could see the best performing teachers earning higher wages within a much quicker time frame than under the traditional format.

The study, published on Friday, says the scheme – which has been fiercely opposed by classroom unions – could attract more graduates to the profession, driving up the quality of teaching in schools across the country.¬† Read more »

Fairfax’s Dave Armstrong Misses Where the Responsibility Lies

In his list of solutions to the PISA education situation Dave Armstrong forget to mention that teachers have to be good. After all – we are told they are a huge factor in student achievement.

Shock! Horror! Last week New Zealanders learned that our Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) rankings – assessing the reading, maths and science abilities of our nation’s 15-year-olds – were plummeting down the world table faster than the All Whites after a World Cup campaign.

As expected, Labour and National blamed each other. It might be sensible if we all addressed the problem together.

So in the national interest, I have devised 12 steps that might enable us to turn around our PISA rankings – in 20 years or so.¬† Read more »