The Unions are Revolting

Despite this…

The education system has been failing at-risk and expelled students by sending them to the Correspondence School, where they’re unlikely to succeed, a Ministry of Education review has found.

Many of the school’s more than 24,000 students, who study at levels between early childhood and Year 13, don’t fit into the mainstream education system or have been expelled from schools.

The school’s website boasts a program based on each student’s “individual interests, needs, and goals” and work with communities, schools and agencies to support students.

However, the Ministry of Education review says more than half of its full-time students are at risk of underachieving because distance-learning does not work for them, Radio New Zealand reports.

…Leckie and the political hangers on are still upset we are not “world class”.

Ms Longstone says in her annual report Maori and Pasifika children, and others from poor communities, are under-performing.

She says two OECD reports this year confirmed the system was strong by international standards and, on average, Kiwi children performed well.

However, New Zealand couldn’t call its education system world class while some children were not performing well.

The Green’s education spokeswoman, Catherine Delahunty, says Ms Longstone should be looking for innovative solutions within the system.

“Instead of importing failed ideas from overseas like performance pay and charter schools, we should be expanding programmes which have resulted in huge improvements for students,” she said on Monday.

Ms Longstone says New Zealand has one of the greatest disparities in educational outcomes between different groups and to be world class it needs to have high outcomes for all children.

New Zealand Educational Institute president Ian Leckie said it’s a travesty that Ms Longstone would write in her report that the education system isn’t doing a good job.

NZ is the biggest spender in OECD on education but people like Delahunty only advocates spending more (“extending programmes”).

Charter Schools are succeeding in lots of places and making a difference to many but because they are not going to be union controlled and the closer they get the louder they will squeal. Clearly – their patch and power base so much more important than changing children’s lives and improving the outcomes of the bottom 20%.

And in the race for the most incompetent and uninformed education spokesperson the Greens are streets ahead.


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