A reader emails – The Trojan Horse

A reader emails about Charter Schools. I found this email very interesting, something for other readers to discuss.

You have run a number of blogs over time about the unions and charter schools.

The unions obviously want to block charter schools. Perhaps it is because these big huge organisations with thousands of teachers are afraid they may be brought down by a small army inside a Trojan horse called “Charter/Partnership Schools”.

Perhaps it’s because education in NZ still revolves around the adults, not the students as we profess it does. Notice how, while unions, principals groups, Massey University, etc. pontificate about charter schools they all ignore the hard statistics relating to NZ kids becoming disengaged, dropping out of school, failing to achieve NCEA or any other school qualification, failing to enter university or the work force….least of all to mention the teen suicide rate … 

But hey, I am in the education sector and am yet to attend an NZEI meeting that hasn’t ‘told’ members how to think. I don’t recall being asked by them how I view charter/partnership schools and yet I constantly hear them speaking on my behalf!  It’s not just the unions though who can’t get their heads around the fact that it is time for someone to try something different for those kids who are in the hunt for education that fits their needs.

The latest KIPP results tell a very good story, one that we shouldn’t ignore. Remember that the top KIPP schools are just a few of many successful charter school stories.

Politicians, however, will quite possibly create the ultimate block … Chris Hipkins has already made it quite clear that Labour would close all charter schools if they go ahead.

He is part of the Select Committee looking into charter schools and he is coming out with these comments before the committee have announced their findings – talk about John Banks talking before the committee reports back……hmmmm!


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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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