Well Duh? Hone and Metiria colour themselves stupid by ignoring the facts

Parties to the left claim to stand for the poor. National and Act announced a Charter School policy to help that group but the Left have played the “hands off those are our constituents” stupid game.

In parliament these two questions were asked in a moment or two of genius.

METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Education: Given the Salvation Army’s State of the Nation report shows a widening education gap between students from wealthier and poorer communities, would she have done anything differently, in hindsight, to better support children in lower decile schools?

HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Does he agree that a Māori and Pacific unemployment rate that has been nearly three times higher than the Pākehā rate for each of the four years of his Government’s time in office signals the failure of the National Governments employment, education, skills and training policies for Māori and Pacific peoples; if not, why not?

The Swedish data is fantastic and the The New York Times recently declared that Kipp and the Uncommon Schools have actually managed to eliminate the learning gap between poor and higher-income students.

When Kipp founder Mike Feinberg was out here Hone’s best friend John Minto went to the meetings and vocally rubbished him. That is be kind of like is SBW criticised Ali.

Any chance the Greens and others could put dumb politics aside and support a proposal designed to help the poor and Maori. Any chance they might put children ahead of their own desire for power?

Not bloody likely.


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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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