Not quite a ‘crime against humanity’

I blogged this morning that I expected the teacher unions here to label National Standards  a ‘crime against humanity’ like they did in the UK.

Well they didn’t quite go that far. Instead they have labeled them the ‘lowest point of the campaign’.

Principals are rejecting National’s education policy as the “lowest point” of this year’s general election campaign.

Education Minister Anne Tolley yesterday revealed the policy, which would introduce personality tests for new teachers and require schools to report National Standards results.

New Zealand Principals’ Federation president Peter Simpson said the continued roll out of National Standards showed the Government was not listening to teachers.

He said the policy, which requires regular assessments of reading, writing and maths, treated students as a “standardised” product.

“It’s no wonder they’ve left it till last. National’s education policy, released yesterday, will go down as the lowest point in this year’s election campaign.

“What is disappointing about National’s education policy is that it is applying a model of accountability that best suits a factory production line producing same sized widgets which have just three characteristics.”

National should just go to war against the teacher unions. Nothing that National could do will make them happy so they may as well break them for good.

If the NZPF thinks that a release of an Education policy is the lowest point of a campaign then they are just sycophants of Labour’s ignoring the baby girl brochure as a low point and ignoring the “state house evictions” brochure as another low point, or that Phil Goff still can’t show us the money or remember even how much money or when the money will arrive as low points.

The teachers union’s are spoiling for a fight I say give it to them. Start by removing payroll protection for union subs, then pass a law for unions to focus on welfare issues and remove affiliation from political parties and require donations to political parties to be only from natural persons.

If they want to march in the streets then let’s give them something to march for.

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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.