Charter School Opponents – Beyond Hypocrisy

Taxpayer funded University of Auckland Education lecturer Peter O’Connor has been self-righteous and vitriolic about the introduction of Charter Schools.

Some of his main issues are that people should make money from education and he has warned against business philanthropists being involved. He even help organise public meeting against the proposal.

Here is a direct quote from O’Connor:

“The strange logic of charter schools is that taxpayers will pay for it, but private industry will take the profits,” says Auckland University Associate Professor Peter O’Connor.

However he also runs a private, for profit, drama in education business – that is now offering “free’ drama workshops in school – funded by non-other than the Todd Foundation

Here is the sell:

“We are delighted to contact you about an opportunity for some of your students to receive a world leading process drama workshop, in your school.  We have been funded through Child, Youth, and Family for the past 10 years to work with children around issues of family violence and child abuse.  However, the opportunity to work in schools is very rare and is being funded by the AMAZING Todd Foundation.”

One of the best examples yet of outright hypocrisy in his area.

Time for Peter O’Connor to leave the Charter School arena and apologise.


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  • blokeintakapuna

    Hypocritical double standards are possible through sanctimonious outrage when the ends justify the means… especially when it comes to patch protection racketeering on subjects only teacher unions could know about…

    Que Tui billboard….

    • Hazards001

      As requested

  • Seeing as Travis is busy, let me step in: What a cock.

  • Allyson

    He warns against business philanthropists. He should compare the vast successes of Bill Gates foundation against the vast failures of Helen Clark’s UN development program. Just ignore him, he’s a patch protectionist.

    • blokeintakapuna

      Very well put Allyson. Wouldn’t ya love to just smack him around the common sense with that comparison and watch the union flunkie squirm!

  • stinkeye3

    but but but but but but its our kids

  • BJ

    The Todd Foundation PAY the costs for ‘free’ drama in schools TO Mr O’Connor (and Mrs and Miss) and Mr O’Connor is decrying the idea of charter schools?!!

    How about full public disclosure of self interests being required from anyone engaging in public meetings about charter school proposals? That way we get to judge whether what a professional educator has to say carries any weight for the public good or they’re just trying to protect their own patch.

  • Richard McGrath

    Slight difference in that the Todd Foundation is not taxpayer funds, but point taken.