NZ Principals’ Federation President Lies to Australian Media

Despite it being widely publicised that none of the Charter Schools proposals in New Zealand are from “for profit” organisations Philip Harding says this to the ABC:

PHILIP HARDING: I think what’s really sickening about that money is that it’s going to go into organisations who are there to make a profit.

Why does the Principals’ union boss feel it is ok to lie? Would he accept this from his own students? 

Teachers cannot really be happy to be being represented by these type of people and surely must call for the resignation of this man.

If he is not able to tell simple truths he has no grounds for further stances on the issue.

It should also be noted that: Philip Harding, President of the NZ Principals’ Federation makes a good income (profit) out of education through taxpayers funds.


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  • Whafe

    Seems very simple, Pinko’s believe they are fully entitled to lie….. Shocking state of affairs really….
    I don’t want somebody of his elk leading an organisation that is teaching my children…. No wonder the education system in NZ is a Cluster Fuck and well due for change, bring on the Charter Schools

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Slip of the tongue Whale Bro. S**t happens. Move on Tories.

    • Whanga_Cynic

      Why do we always have to “move on” when it’s a liebour liar talking?

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        That is the technique taught to me by my great aunty, dictator of New Zealand, Comrade Hehlen Klarke, 1999-2008.

    • johnbronkhorst

      Seems I have seen this “slip of the tongue used a lot lately”!! On “The myopia of the NZ principles Federation” thread yesterday, someone was extensively using it, while claiming to be the wife of a teacher. So it would be an argument (false) that is being spread throughout the various teacher unions and organisations!

    • Peej

      Ah, the old slip of the tongue. Some call it a lie. Some call it obfuscation,
      some call it political talk. Harding might justify it be saying he was talking about ‘profit’ in a wider sense. Like John Banks saying in the same discussion “We can’t have every second young Maori and every second young Pacific student leaving school without the basic level of numeracy and literacy…”

      Using those words like that, implying that a situation like that exists, is political weasel talk but not a lie. But he has got his message across.

      (Saying that 50% of young Maori and Pacific students leave school without a basic level of numeracy and literacy is a lie. Saying that 20% of young Maori and Pacific students leave school without a basic level of numeracy and literacy is also lie.)

      • Bunswalla

        You’re a special kind of stupid, aren’t you Peej? You’re right about one thing though, 20% of Maori and Pasifika students don’t leave school without basic levels of numeracy and literacy – the figure is much, much higher.

        How do I know? Well, they released the results today – here they are:

        Maori – 39.8% don’t meet basic writing standards, 37.3% don’t meet basic numeracy standards, 31.8% don’t meet basic reading standards.

        Pasifika – the same figures are 43.2% (yes, really!), 40.3% and 37.4%

        Your move, genius.

        • Peej

          Thank you for your kind invitation. Please tell us how the number of kids meeting the levels in the (shonky”) National Standards in primary schools last year gives you the fact that considerably more than 20% of Maori and Pasifika students are leaving school without basic levels of numeracy and literacy. I think you would not have quoted that if you realised what those stats are all about.

  • Peej

    Disgusting, hangable offence by Harding! Who does he think he is – The Prime Minister, the MP for Epsom? If he wants those positions he should tell us, not simply show us by copying their ways of operating.

    • johnbronkhorst

      PRATT…If you are going to accuse someone of Lying…..tell us what lies they have told and as has been done here….PROVE IT!!!

      • Peej

        Is that you Winston?

  • Patrick

    Profit – how disgusting, to think kids might get a quality education & the providers might get paid/rewarded for this. How could anyone countenance such an outcome? Far better for the kids to be abandoned & the provider gets paid regardless of outcomes oh wait, that is how it works now isn’t it?
    Why isn’t Harding’s employer starting disciplinary proceedings against him? If I criticised my boss like he does I would be down the road.

    • Adolf Fiinkensein

      Yes Patrick, That is the real story here. The notion that somehow there is something evil about profit is being rammed down our kids’ throats while, all along the rammers are living off profits generated by other people’s effort.

      • Peej

        Altruism is a luxury only for those who can afford it.

      • James

        It should be simple – have a vote amongst teachers: should people be allowed to profit from education? If the answer is “no” then immediately cut teacher salaries and refund them only the costs of getting to and from work.