PPTA Beyond Hypocrisy

On January 11 Angela Roberts the new PPTA commander criticised John Banks for encouraging the public to make submissions on the Education Amendment Bill (2012).

She was especially critical as teachers are “busy” and she thinks all of New Zealand is on holiday at this time.

The PPTA response is to avoid its members doing any thinking and to set up a tick box – comments already filled in submission form for its members to click on and send to the select committee. Amazing hypocrisy given Roberts’ comments on Banks.

The PPTA clearly thinks members haven’t the brains to think through things for themselves and have to be told what to think.

Can any secondary teacher be happy to be represented like this. They must simply be embarrassed. No good teacher simply asks students to parrot their words.

Some highlights are:

  • I/we oppose the intent of this bill because it creates the framework for the approval and establishment of charter schools  which pose a threat to New Zealand’s world-leading quality public education system.
  •  Charter schools undermine quality teaching.
  •  Charter schools undermine quality schools.
  •  Charter schools undermine quality learning for kids.
  • The New Zealand Curriculum is a world-leading curriculum that focuses on key competencies learners require to make an effective and productive contribution as citizens in the 21st century.
  • Charter schools can be run by private companies and make a profit by creaming off the most successful students and leaving local state schools to support the children with the most complex and challenging needs.
  • The PPTA in their desperation to protect their patch are encouraging their members to make submissions that contain a whole range of unsupported/unsubstantiated statements. This being their position despite Timms reports showing NZ’s education system standing internationally on the slide and the fact there is a massive tail of underachievement.

The PPTA submission form must be an opportunity for the Whale Army to alter some text and make substantial submissions. This will be a surprise to Angela Roberts because on her planet everyone is on holiday. Good choice of commander PPTA members.

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