How to rig surveys – Teachers Council

The Teachers Council has reacted to publicity surrounding their policy of protecting dodgy teachers by suppressing their names, even when their names aren’t suppressed by courts. This is of course just a cozy arrangement from the establishment to keep dodgy teachers from having to face real scrutiny. (copy of email)

Their reaction has been to create a survey and Dr.Peter Lind, the Director of the Teachers Council has sent out a letter explaining their warped thinking.

Over the weekend Herald on Sunday published a full page “special investigation” on whether teachers who have appeared before the NZ Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal should get name suppression.

The Herald on Sunday has previously published concerns that these teachers’ identities should be exposed.  Arguments in favour of naming have been put forward as protecting the public, avoiding public and media speculation and being consistent with other professional bodies.  It has also been noted that name suppression is not granted in some Court cases.

Those of you who saw my interview on Breakfast on Monday 14 June will have heard me say that the crux of this issue is not as simple as naming and shaming teachers.  It is about maintaining the safest learning environment possible for children and young people, who are often the witnesses to these cases.  View our media release here.

It takes a lot of courage for a child or young person to make an official complaint about a teacher.  Name suppression helps reduce the stress and anxiety experienced by the witness and their parents by assuring them the process is confidential.

This is a complex issue and we would like to hear your views via our online poll – visit  www.teacherscouncil.govt.nz/voteandcomment.stm.

Please answer the question and provide comments if you wish to do so.  We value your feedback and look forward to reporting back to you on the results.

What this really says of course is “Vote how you like but here is how we think you should vote…

Fortunately The Whales spies are everywhere and if you pull dodgy rubbish like this there is a better than even chance that I will find out and out the behaviour. Even Trevor Mallard acknowledges that the Teacher’s Council position is untenable, and he for one can see this email from what it really is, a blatant attempt to spin their way out of dealing with hard issues.


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