Logic Not His Strong Point

NZ Principals Federation (another form of union) new head Philip Harding is clearly as out of his depth as the new NZEI and PPTA leaders.

In this article Harding tries to make the point that there is no demand for Charter Schools for New Zealand families.

‘No one is calling for Charter schools,’ said Harding. ‘I don’t hear parents out there lobbying Government for Charter schools, the professional educators aren’t calling for them and the academics who have critiqued Charter schools’ performance overseas give them the thumbs down,’ he said.

‘I am concerned that we have yet another reform in front of us which, like increasing class sizes, has not been properly thought through and does not emanate from any sound evidence base for improving the education of Kiwi Kids,’ he said. 

Given that children will only attend these schools through choice logic dictates that Mr Harding doesn’t have a problem – i.e. no demand means no schools. If he is correct there won’t be any so he doesn’t need to waste time with nonsense press releases.

At least (although he probably doesn’t realising he is saying it) Harding has moved from the “world class” mantra by letting the world know some kids are not doing well in the union dominated system. Cat is well out of the back thanks to Mr Harding’s

“we can sanely explore ways to address the Government’s goal to improve learning outcomes for our struggling kids.”

Hmmm…those would be the kids struggling in the system he and his union refuses to change.


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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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