Unfortunate?

When contacted about the comments, Campbell said she had now made the wall private.

“It’s unfortunate that the WhaleOil blog has picked it up. But we heard last week that he was targeting anyone that was on the list of schools boycotting national standards,” she said.

Salford School was part of that boycott, Campbell said.

Unfortunate?

I think she means it’s unfortunate she got caught. Too late in making the wall private, I’ve got the screenshot.

Marlene Campbell is the principal of Salford School in Invercargill

Meanwhile we find that the campaign against National Standards is what we have said all along, since Trevor Mallard threw his toys over it. That the campaign is nothing less than a campaign for teachers to avoid comparison and maintain secrecy.

“…we teachers have been told the entire campaign by the principals and the NZEI would be dropped in a second if the Government agreed to take school assessment data and make it top secret – i.e. not public, not even if someone made an Official Information Act request. Think about it – they’re putting school assessment data in the same category as the Official Secrets Act just so a) schools can’t be subjected to league tables and b) the dumbarse in the classroom next to mine can keep his job without fear of being found out as a hopeless teacher. I asked the last union meeting what impact this ongoing campaign would have on the kids who are failing. I got a cold look from the union sheila and they moved on to the next question…”

As I have said before, I’ll start listening to teachers on National Standards when they stop hiding pedophiles and criminals.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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