The PPTA doesn’t care about kids


The PPTa demonstrates why they should be deregistered as a union.

They don’t care about education or kids, they are hell bent on politicking and are so focused on revenge against charter schools they have implemented a boycott of them.

Like their preferred political party they are resorting to the nasty.

If you had one word to describe the feeling in the room at Mangere’s Rise Up school it would be hope.

The beginning of the new school year meant opening day for a new school in a struggling south Auckland community and parents and teachers are desperate for success. But even as it opens, the teachers’ union wants the charter school and others like it to fail, so much so they are banning their members from having anything to do with them.  Read more »

PPTA opposes courses because kids might get a job out of them

You really have to wonder about the state of mind of teachers who oppose literally everything in education, including the possibility of students getting jobs.

Russell Blackstock reports:

It is 7.40 on a humid Auckland morning and a dedicated group of wannabe IT experts is already lining up outside a classroom at Avondale College in the west of the city.

While waiting for their teacher to arrive, the students are busily updating their social media pages and browsing news sites on smartphones and hand-held tablets.

Most of their school friends are barely out of bed, still at home wolfing down breakfast.

The youngsters — aged 13 to 17 — are enrolled in the school’s new Innovation Programme, a partnership with United States giant Microsoft. The kids are hoping for a headstart into computer industry roles such as software and game designers, solution architects and project managers.

Bill and Melinda Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs — the computer whizzes of the past taught themselves to code at home in their bedrooms, but the geeks of the future will learn in the classroom.

The classes run from 8am every weekday before the regular school day starts.

The students also attend for three hours most Saturday mornings and even during the holidays.

So they even volunteer to attend classes outside of normal school hours…perish the thought that they might just be enjoying the courses.

David Officer is just 13 but is already devising a programme to help teachers mark students’ work.

Madeleine Day, 16, is developing a mobile asset-management system that she hopes will help the fuel industry make complex calculations about weights and measures.

“The course is fantastic and is geared towards preparing you for a job or further education,” Day says.

“I would like to become a software engineer or work in the gaming industry, ideally for the likes of Microsoft or Google.”

Sounds promising…but wait here come the whingers.

Not everyone agrees that public-private partnerships are a good thing. The Post Primary Teachers’ Association has expressed concerns at such ventures.

John Guthrie, senior lecturer at the University of Otago’s Business School, warns that large corporations like Microsoft can simply use such courses to capture future customers and headhunt employees.

“It is not unlike a bank targeting youngsters and encouraging them to save with them,” he says.

“The hope is that if they get them early enough, the kids will become customers for life. It makes good business sense.

So the kids might end up with a job at the end of school?  Yes, I can see why some would view that as be a disaster. The teacher unions wouldn’t want kids to succeed now would they?


Source/ NZ Herald

Thursday nightCap

Te Ururoa Flavell calls out the teacher unions

Te Ururoa Flavell has called out the teacher unions who are boycotting a charter school in Whangarei.

Te Ururoa Flavell, Maori Party Co-Leader, has expressed disappointment at the influence of PPTA in advising Whangarei Boys High teachers to not teach students who attend Te Kura Hourua Te Kapeha Whetu.

“As I understand it the Board of Trustees at Whangarei Boys High was happy to support Kura Hourua students in specific areas such as the visual arts. That type of cooperation has been modelled in the relationships that many other kura establish with general schools, wananga, polytechnics and other education providers across New Zealand. It represents a dynamic relationship that we should surely be fostering in our communities – that the education and learning of our students impacts on us all,” says Te Ururoa Flavell, Maori Party Co-Leader.

“I recognise that Partnership Schools is a major political issue and teachers have a right to their views on educational policy, but what about the kids? Surely we should be putting the best interests of our young people ahead of our politics.”

“I was a teacher for many years and I know that the profession prides itself on putting the interests of our children first, but this flies in the face of those values. I would have thought as teachers, that what matters is that every student experiences success. That’s what Te Kapeha Whetu want. That’s what the Maori Party wants. Come on PPTA – surely there are other ways of making political statements that do not impact so immediately on our kids.”  Read more »

Teachers now bullying NZPF for expressing support of government policy

A few weeks ago we had the Investing in Educational Success announcement by the PM.

Phil Harding (NZPF president) came out strongly in favour of them.  He is now facing an almighty backlash.  He is being bullied to reverse his position publicly.

On Monday a survey will go out to principals – it will be slanted – most positive principals will ignore it because they are too busy getting on with the business.  Harding will be under immense pressure to cave.

Phil Harding has already conveyed his support for the proposals, and tried to influence the vote.

He makes a few points of concerns he has heard about the proposals then dismisses them as being narrow in perspective, which they are. He doesn’t go anywhere near the substantive arguments.

He says: ‘Maybe what is needed is a wider vision, such as a national school of leadership. Imagine a leadership focused college which offered professional development support for experienced principals, first time principals, aspiring principals, and middle leaders, in a “best evidence” informed and structured way. Such a school could build coherence and provide networking of best practice which could be embraced by all leaders, whilst inter-school collaboration is handled collegially and professionally and locally.’

How would that ‘best evidence’ practice, Phil, be different from the managerialist toxic stuff being handed down by STA providers.

‘Best evidence’ is a term much bandied about mainly to ill-effect.    Read more »


Another registered teacher in trouble with the law

Passport fraud, fake student enrolment, gambling….the mind boggles but thank god he is a registered teacher so it won’t be anything serious or is not perfectly acceptable in the Ngati Whatua room or the mayoral office.

The principal of a West Auckland school has resigned after being investigated by the Department of Internal Affairs.

A spokeswoman for Internal Affairs confirmed David Latimer was being investigated by the department, but would not reveal the nature of the investigation as it was ongoing.

It is understood Latimer has consulted a barrister in relation to the investigation.

When contacted by Fairfax Media, Latimer said he did not want to make any comment.

He last month resigned from Rangeview Intermediate School, where he had been principal for six years.   Read more »

Charter Schools Increase Earnings and Educational Achievement

Despite the best efforts of the teacher unions, media and the opposition to oppose charter schools there is still good news flowing about just how successful they have been and continue to be in other countries.

A new working paper suggests that attending a charter school increases the student’s propensity to do better and as a result earn more.

Private and charter schools appear to have significant but modest effects on test scores but much larger effects on educational attainment and even on long-run earnings. A new working paper from Booker, Sass, Gill and Zimmer and associated brief from Mathematica Policy Research finds that charter schools raise high school graduation, college enrollment and college persistence rates by ~7 to 13%. Moreover, the income of former charter school students when measured at 23-25 years old is 12.7% higher than similar students. Similar in this context is measured by students who were in charter schools in grade 8 but who then switched to a traditional high school–in many ways this is a conservative comparison group since any non-random switchers would presumably switch to a better school (other controls are also included).  Read more »

Masturbation wasn’t proven, but I bet he was registered

aaaaaaaaaaand another one

A teacher has been suspended after admitting watching pornography in his classroom.

In a Teachers’ Disciplinary Tribunal decision, released today, the teacher had his teaching certificate suspended for three months for serious misconduct.

He had also been accused by a pupil of masturbating in his classroom during a lunchbreak but denied this allegation.

Tribunal chairman Kenneth Johnston said it was not the tribunal’s place to resolve this factual conflict.

The accessing of pornography was enough to suspend the licence without proving the claim of masturbation, Johnston said.   Read more »

A teacher union initiative I can support


Finally a teacher union initiative I can support…and cough…get behind.

Though I think there should be a constitutional prohibition on chicks with fat arses wearing spandex.

The school board in the most populous county in West Virginia is once again attempting to institute a dress code for public school teachers.

The last time the issue came up — in 2001 — Kanawha County school board members ultimately voted down a policy that would have banned strapless dresses, low-cut blouses, blue jeans and spandex, reports the Spirit of Jefferson and Farmer’s Advocate, a West Va. newspaper.

The details of the proposed Kanawha County Schools dress code remain vague at this point. However, there seems to be a general focus on things like conspicuous tattoos, facial piercings and overly revealing clothes. Spandex may or may not loom large in this round of dress-code controversy.

Basically, the school board’s goal is to introduce standards for determining if teachers aren’t dress appropriately.  Read more »

What should we do with child abusers that teach our children?

The Australians are trying to get a handle on child abuse.  Brave move.  Except they’re  only going to look at a third of it.  Vice reports

Australia is having a Royal Commission to look at child abuse in institutional settings, and it’s come up with a whole lot of nasty stuff that’s gone on for decades in churches, schools, orphanages and other places where men can prey on kids. However, two thirds of child abuse won’t be looked at by the Commission because it happens to kids at home.

It’s difficult to find reliable statistics that show just how prevalent child sexual abuse is because it’s often not reported. However, from what statistics are available, it’s possible to see some trends.

The ABS estimates that in Australia 12 percent of women and 4.5 percent of men have been or will be abused before they reach 15. In other words, 72 percent of child sexual abuse happens to girls. Girls are most likely to be abused by a relative or their father, and are unlikely to be abused by a stranger. Boys are most likely to be abused by someone they know, like a teacher or priest, or a stranger, and are unlikely to be abused by their father or stepfather.

If that’s the sort of numbers coming out of Australia, our own child abuse statistics won’t be any better.   Read more »