Would you trust your kids with this principal?

Here’s the latest odious little creep – from the ever-decreasing band of shabby principals – to hoodwink his local paper by opposing National Standards because they are “elitist”.

Kevin Jephson is a well-known anti-government protestor. His bile-filled letters are regularly in the Dom Post.

This poses a few questions. The idiot who wrote this story hasn’t bothered to question anything this little shit says. Why not?

What reasons could Jephson have for not wanting the government and parents to get any information on how kids are doing in his shabby little school?

I can tell you why. His latest ERO report shows the school is a basket-case.

Forget all the touchy-feely stuff in there. This is the important part:

The board is now ready to embark upon self-review processes. Extended reporting to trustees of schoolwide student achievement information, particularly in reading, writing and mathematics should better support their planning and resourcing decisions, annual target setting, and subsequent evaluation of how effective the school’s curriculum is in promoting student learning. There has been limited development in the areas identified for improvement since the previous ERO review in 2007.


ERO recommends that, to assist the next stages of school development:

3.1 the board engages external advice to assist its implementation of high level school self review as part of its governance role; and

3.2 the principal supports the board by providing it with extended reporting on student achievement to inform its self review and decision making.

In other words, the board needs help and the principal hasn’t even been giving his employers, the board, any info on how the kids are actually doing in reading, writing and maths.

ERO says it will review the school in 2 years. This is bad. Good schools get 4 and 5 year reviews. A 2 year review means the school has serious problems that need to be addressed.

So no wonder the principal doesn’t want anyone getting National Standards information.

But here’s the most important question. If you are a parent, how would you feel about this guy being near your kids every day?

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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