Bring on league tables

I’ve been saying it for weeks, but now John Armstrong catches up in the Herald.

If Labour was really smart, the party would have outflanked Key by not only adopting national standards, but arguing for league tables showing how individual primary schools are performing compared with others in their decile. That is what parents want. That is what Australia’s Labor Party delivered. But Labour here is hostage to the teacher unions.

Labour are so out of touch with education it’s laughable.

By siding with the defeated teachers’ unions over National Standards, Goff is giving the finger to parents.

Labour would rather try and shelter the crap teachers and hide information from parents than help the 20 per cent of failing kids.

Journalists are going to be all over the information from standards to create league tables of schools, which is exactly what parents want.

Armstrong says Labour is living in the past and should have adopted the Standards and created league tables themselves. But of course, this would have alienated the unions – among the few supporters that Labour are clinging on to.

This is why Labour can’t be trusted with education. National Standards now needs to be extended to having league tables if only for the pleasure in watching Trevor Mallard go into conniptions over the idea. Remember he tried to make national standards information more secret than SIS briefings.

The left in all its hideous forms is crumbling before our eyes. Sit back and enjoy.


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  • diabolos

    Dont you think that National and Tolley are also hostage to the Teacher Unions by your definition.

  • diabolos

    Cam – bits of me are crumbling off me as i type.

    Am i one of the hideous forms of the left – oh god i may be !!! Shit – my wanking hand just dropped off … good job i’m ambidextrous.

    You are getting very flowery in your descriptions mate … keep up with the ESOL courses and i am here for counselling should you require it.

  • reid

    The left in all its hideous forms is crum­bling before our eyes. Sit back and enjoy.

    Thank fuck for that.

    It’s taken awhile hasn’t it, but finally the rotten poison is being released into the atmosphere like fetid swamp gas and just as deadly.

    Take Cover.

    • thor42

      Agreed! Damn right – bring on the league tables!
      I ***don’t give a fuck*** for whatever pitiful excuses the teachers can come up with. There is NO excuse for 20% of children in this country being unable to read or write.
      No wonder so many of them are ending up like our resident troll diabolos.

      • diabolos

        I’m still laughing Thor – now tell me because i apparently cannot read or write mate … are you Thor – because you have a speech impediment and have been made “thor” at least 42 times – or are you seeking to outwork the Norse God Thor vicariously as it were …

        This is real “three bears” mai mai trash talk happening now … woooah

  • thor42

    Diabolos – don’t you have a communal singing of “The People’s Flag” to go to?
    Some “poor misunderstood dole-bludgers” to save?
    Shouldn’t you be true to your leftiness and be out on the streets “redistributing” your wealth?

  • JK

    The socialist’s churches policies include dumbing down of the masses and to starve them of information.
    That is why the Labour party can’t help themselves siding with the teachers union. Teachers who claim to teach the three R’s… Reading, Riting and Rithmetics… Great spelling, eh! Somehow I get the feeling that teachers feel that they are a cut above the rest because they get one out of three words right…

    • thor42

      Exactly right, JK. Spot-on. The “mushroom theory” in action – keep the masses in the dark and feed them on bullshit. Labour know damned well that a well-educated populace would see their vote drop through the floor, so they do all that they can to ensure that it never happens.
      Take diabolos, for example. He is a walking talking example of the Dunning-Kruger effect –
      Quote – “The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to recognize their mistakes. The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their ability as above average, much higher than it actually is…..”

      • lovinthatchangefeeling

        Heh thor42. Yep Whaleoil has a troll similar to the one afflicting Keeping Stock.

        Pretty sure ‘diabolos’ is the same malevolent poster from a year or two back. but with a different moniker. Will WO tolerate ‘diabolical’ for a certain period before dispatching him to the sin bin again?

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