An email from a Principal about Charter Schools

A principal emails my recent posts about Charter Schools. As the principal has said in other correspondence, “I am just a passionate educator who wants to make a real, true difference for New Zealand students.”

Here is the email to discuss.

Thanks for your blogs on 29 Jan & 2 Feb re: the Charter Schools.

I am a principal in a state school and would kill to lead a charter school – have tons of ideas as I have often struggled with the way we are meant to do things for our learners!

The unions are making it a case of  “guilty before proven innocent” in an effort to scare teachers and parents off – seems to be working as the negative hits the press far more than the positive!

No silver bullet … they are right there, there are a number of social issues that need addressing.

A chance worth taking for kids…damn right 100%

The video I posted yesterday is well worth watching again so that you can understand the philosophical battle between the unions and everyone else.


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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. 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.

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