Prinicpals starting to cave

This from the Wellington Regional Primary Principals Asscoaition newsletter.

NZPF’s present stance is that the battle to have national standards removed is a lost cause. This government is hell-bent on their introduction and it is likely they will be our ‘leaders’ for at least one more parliamentary term.

They are giving up the fight, and not only on National Standards, they have also realised that Labour can’t win. Faced with the double whammy they have decided on another course of action;

There is no clear direction for NZPF to be guided by, as membership opinions range right through the continuum with a few seeing no issues, a few seeing huge issues and most sitting somewhere in the middle. NZPF (and NZEI) have been completely cut out of the consultation loop, so NZPF has decided to work towards re-establishing a working relationship with the minister… sitting outside the tent is not a good place to be!

I wonder then why they gave money to the fight against National Standards?

Liz and Paul also asked us to consider what our ‘bottom-line’ is…at what point we would not be able to ethically support such a flawed and potentially damaging system. We may be asked to define this quite clearly if Plan A…to re-engage with the minister and work to limit the most damaging aspects of NS….is not successful. Have you thought yet what your Plan B might be?

Their Plan A is to re-engage with Minister Tolley, and they have no Plan B. They should just get back in the classroom and do what they are paid to do.


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