Best reasons ever to appoint Catherine Isaac

The usual suspects are upset about the appointment of Catherine Isaac to a role overseeing the Charter Schools programme. But the best ever reason for actually appointing Catherine Isaac was provided by the head of the teacher’s union PPTA:

Mr Duff said the committee overseeing the trial was a “farce”, and Mr Banks was not interested in consultation with people in the sector.

One thing we have learned is that there is little point inconsulting with the feather-bedding teacher’s unions. It is a pointless exercise.

Listen to the full rant:

And following up that little tirade from Robin Duff is Catherine Delahunty, providing the best ever reason why Catherine Isaac is the best person for the job:

Delahunty said there had been no public discussion about what a charter school was.

“And then we get an appointment of somebody not from the education sector but entirely from the ideology of privatisation.

She certainly won’t be listening to the carping of the vested interests of the various teacher’s unions.

The government was hardly going to appoint equally political appointees from union hacks and flacks were they?

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  • If the greens and the unions are against it, it is usually the correct thing to do.

  • Kosh103

    Her appointment proves that these charter schools have nothing to do with what is best for kids and is simple playing politics with education. There is no way someone with such clear political bias should have been appointed.

  • Kosh103

    Her appointment proves that these charter schools have nothing to do with what is best for kids and is simple playing politics with education. There is no way someone with such clear political bias should have been appointed.

    • Thorn

      Who would you recommend, someone without  political bias?

      • Kosh103

        Someone without clear political bias, and someone who actually has a clue about education and how kids learn might be a good idea.

        Not a good look either that she is Number 2 on ACTs party list.

      • Thorn

        Kosh, is there no-one in NZ you would recommend? Should we look at bringing in Singaporean expertise? Given you are an educator, I would appreciate an informed opinion from you.  

      • Kosh103

        Professor John Hattie and Kelvin Smthe. Needs to be both of them.

      • Kosh103

        Kelvin Smythe – sorry missed the ‘y’.

      • EX Navy Greg

        Prof Hattie would be ok, Kelvin Smythe is strongly anti charter schools, wasn’t he a speaker at the ppta conference?

      • Kosh103

        Which is why you need both. They are both very smart men in regards to education, but need each other to balance out their political leanings.

      • EX Navy Greg

        Hmmm. I have a book of Hattie’s, “Adolescent reputations and risk”it was a good read .However upon reading the “article” by Mr Smythe I’m not too sure about him.
        http://www.networkonnet.co.nz/files_up/20110308020450_2011charterself.doc

      • Kosh103

        There is a reason Smythe doesnt click with you. He is left leaning.

      • EX Navy Greg

        Kosh, what concerned me in Mr Smythe’s paper that I linked, he is actively encouraging principals to break the law. If our professional teacher’s don’t like the current legal framework, then get it changed. You can’t just break the law because you don’t agree with it. To put on paper, as he did, a clear message to his employer that he intends to, and is encouraging others to break the law, and possibly their employment contract would be untenable in any other job.

        He did raise some very good points, but I will never approve of breaking the law to make a point.

        Please remember our kids are looking up to you lot as role models, you need to cross the t’s and dot the i’s, follow the correct processes and if you don’t win, well at least the kids have seen you have done it “by the book”, and they will have learnt something, and will respect it.

    • In Vino Veritas

      And the PPTA and it’s teachers don’t have a clear political bias?

      • Kosh103

        No where near like this woman.

      • In Vino Veritas

        So, there are degree’s of bias then? And it’s ok in this instance to be left bias but not right bias?

      • Kosh103

        There is slight bias and then there is WAYYYYYYY out there bias. I would suggest being No2 on the ACT list kinda suggests she is not going to consider all sides.

      • In Vino Veritas

        Bias is bias. It would seem to me that the scales will be evened out with her appointment. Your comment regarding not considering all sides is a “guilty until proven innocent” statement and not something I’d expect from a teacher and also indicates your bias.  

    • Haven’t you got classes to teach?

      • Kosh103

        Dont you have facts to distort?

      • Of course it is what I do and do well, I suspect I’m better at that than you are as a teacher, in fact I bet I could do your job in my sleep whereas you would get slayed in mine.

      • Kosh102

        Lmao, ohhh WO, you could never be a teacher. You are simply not good enough. Your job on the other hand, any hack with a pc can do what you do.

      • Ahhh sure…if anyone could do what I do then why don’t they? Whereas thousands pretend they can teach.

  • Wilma

    Just by the by, I recently read Andre Agassi’s autobiography in which he talks about the establishment of his charter school in Las Vegas, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, which focuses on students from low income areas.  From what I’ve read since it seems to be a successful model.  I’ve no idea whether teachers in the US are as militant as ours are, but it’s incredibly frustrating when teacher spokespeople here aren’t open to new ideas and instantly attack anything coming from the “wrong” political side.

  • Anonymous

    Given that the left have come up with such lame “policies” as –
    *  No GST on fruit and veg, and –
    *  Extending Working for Families to beneficiaries –
    – they are hardly in a position to offer any sensible comments on anything.

    • Kosh103

      ACT and sensible dont go together.

    • Hakimofphut

      Who was the one that came up with  ‘No rise in GST’ – at all

  • In Vino Veritas

    I note Delahunty says that Isaac isn’t qualified for a position like this. Laughable really when you read Delahunty’s background, and given she is, or has been the Green’s spokes person for the environment (mining, toxics), education, forestry, work and income, Community and Voluntary Sector, Women’s Issues, Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Päkehä perspective)[whatever that means], and Arts.
    The Greens give her qualifcations are a BA and a lifetime of community and environmental activism. If risible qualifications like these are all that is needed for her to be in parliament with portfolio’s, she is being hypocritical to say that Catherine Isaac isn’t qualified for the charter school role.

  • Gazzaw

    If the schools do not get set up to the teachers’ satisfaction they have only themselves to blame. Robin Duff said on National Radio this morning that the unions were not interested in talking. Don’t know whether he was just speaking on behalf of the PPTA or the NZEI as well.

    • Kosh103

      LMAO – yea because teachers control National party funding of education.

  • Auto_immune

    If charter schools end up being like Wellington College was in the late 90s (when she was on the BOT there), it’ll end up being a non-issue. 

  • Ellcam

    Here’s something radical. Why not at least appoint someone with a solid evidence-based background in the education field? Isaac? Sheesh. Between her appointment, and Banks as her Minister, this is going to turn into a total farce fast. Poor political management. 

    • Kosh103

      And now Isaacs is crying that people are being unfair and that 6 years as a BOT member more than make her qualified to decide the future of at risk kids.

      It would be intresting to know what school she was on the BOT of. I am betting it wasnt a Decile 1 school.

      • Kosh your blind prejudice to anything but your way shoed what a complete fool you are.

        Now I happen to know a fair bit about a Decile 2 school where I help mentor a Young Enterprise team and have done so for the past 6 years.Using your logic the only way to get through to decile 2 school students is your way, the union’s way and certainly not any other way.

        Except that with these kids we have taken them from wages, and low wages, mentality thinking to entrepreneurial thinking by treating them and teaching them in a business like manner.In a school where just 1% of graduates usually go to university in the teams we have coached for 6 years we have 100% attend. Not only that some of them have carried on their young enterprise successfully as a business and helped fund their own education.If I had my way I would establish a Charter School for 15yo and older students that focuses on entrepreneurial skills and the core subjects required to succeed in business….you would of course oppose that because of your blind allegiance to all things union and  Labour.That is why you will be a wage slave for ever and the kids I teach will be set free by open thinking.

      • Gazzaw

        Whale, you are nothing less than a saboteur of the current education system. Shame on you. What are you trying to do? Give students in low decile areas ideas above their station that could take them permanently off the public tit and not be reliant on state handouts.

        It’s strange that Tony Falkenstein has had the same ambitions for Onehunga High School with its business & construction schools. He’s sponsored by private enterprise partners which taints the ideology  irreparably. Sounds a tad like a charter school concept to me…..

        A retort please kosh. Let me pre-empt the content of your reply by saying that I know fuck all about education. I know nothing because I’m not a teacher. I am a right winger. You therefore have no need to mention those points.   

      • Anonymous

        So what you are saying Kosh, is the only way to fix the problem is to keep doing what we have been doing and repeal national standards?

      • Kosh103

        WO I can tell you now, you spending a little time in a low decile school doesn’t mean you have a clue what they need.

      • CJH

        What decile school you “teach” in Kosh? Be honest.

      • I have a better idea about what they need, than any fucking teacher does.

        It sure as hell isn’t left wing ideology and unions work to rule bullshit. They need to know that life isn’t all kisses and cuddles that if you fuck up it bites and bites hard.

        Life doesn’t hand out “Achieved” and other such rubbish it hands out Winners and and losers.
        You would be one of those cocks that always says it isn’t about winning or losing it is about how you play the game that counts….oh yeah if winning isn’t important them how come they keep score?

      • Kosh103

        And there we have it. Thankyou WO for showing your true colours when it comes to teachers.

        It was just as I thought.

    • Anonymous

      There will be six people on the Charter group. Are you seriously suggesting they all be educationalists? Now pull the other one. Only the PPTA and NZEI would argue they all need to be educationalists. Appointing educationalists to such a group would be rather like appointing rabbits to Rabbit [extermination] Boards.

      • Hakimofphut

        What you appoint a teacher to the body studying the selling off of  state assets.
        Would such a persons claim to have ‘sold a car once ‘  mean that could be the chair as well.

  • Gazzaw

    There has just been a comment passed to Larry Williams that up to 40% of Kaikohe school leavers have nothing better to wake up to each day than the dole. Sure, that’s not all due to
    them not being well educated but there are very strong indications that all is not well with those kids’ qualifications.  

    You are up that way aren’t you kosh? A comment?

    • Hakimofphut

      Wasnt like that  more than 3 years ago. The National party government has been a disaster for school leavers.

  • Balanced View

    It’s gotta be said,
    John Banks = disaster

  • Anne

    Come on Kosh, it’s your turn. Say something or has the cat got your tongue?
    Vino Veritas, some good comment there but please take some lessons in apostrophe placing

  • Anonymous

    Kosh strikes me as someone who is quite institutionalised. Poor old bugger.

    • Kosh103

      And not surprisingly you would be wrong.

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