Does Ian Leckie ever listen to himself?

And has he ever been in any school.

Ian Leckie contradicts himself and knowingly misuses statistics to air his preconceptions and prejudices:

Leckie said there “isn’t a shred of evidence” that charter schools “make any difference to the education system”.

“In the United States only one in five, 19%, are actually better off than their state school counterparts,” he said.

“New Zealand’s world leadership is already meeting this absolute need.”

So the failure rate of lower SES, Maori and PI students meets some kind of absolute need.

There isn’t a “shred” of evidence but then he quotes a statistic to show that, done well, Charter Schools can make a difference. And clearly he hasn’t read the reports/research properly (unless he is lying).

Are primary teachers really happy being represented by this?

John Tamihere, meanwhile, talks sense.

“If Mr Leckie thinks that his education system is working in west Auckland he should come out here and visit us. That’s simply not true,” he said.

“We know that up to 50% of Maori boys, particularly, will not be able to participate in NCEA One courses.

“We’ve got to lift the opportunity, particularly coming from primary schools into secondary schools.”

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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.