Shearer busted again

David Shearer’s grand education speech is slowly being picked apart. The funny part is that now it is all falling apart they won;t be able to blame John Pagani for this cock up.

Among the questions – if you don’t trust parents to feed their children, then why would you trust them to decide which assessment system should be used for their kids?

And – if Labour don’t agree with National Standards then why aren’t they abolishing them?

But something else in the speech slipped by with very little comment.

We need to build pathways out of school and into new education and training opportunities…….

Our polytechnics and training institutions should be reaching into schools to guide students in different directions. It should be a seamless transition between school and the next step, not a sharp abrupt one.

There are some great models around. The tertiary high school at Manukau Institute of Technology is one that achieves remarkable results with kids branded as failures.

The trouble is most teenagers don’t start thinking about what they want to do with their lives until they’re just about to leave school or are standing outside the school gate.

That’s too late.

The time to start thinking about where they might end up is at the very start of secondary school.

I want to see kids getting early advice about the path that interests them, leadership training, life skills, civics that follows their time at secondary school.

Now compare the above to an announcement by Anne Tolley a year ago.

That’s right. Shearer couldn’t even be bothered changing some of the words.

But maybe he just didn’t know it was already happening – like this nugget from his brief spell as education spokesperson under Goff.


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