PPTA see kids as political footballs, advocating educational apartheid


October 1 – 3 sees the PPTA hold their annual conference.

In their paper dedicated to Charter Schools – among pages of diatribe and nonsense – starting by called the new schools a “stalking horse” – the PPTA politburo are advocating the passing of a remit stating:

“That this conference instructs PPTA members to refrain from all professional, sporting and cultural contact with charter schools including their sponsors, managers, and employees.”

Brilliant – stop kids playing sport and participating in cultural exchanges with other kids…all because their parents made a choice. What will they do next? Ask Charter School students to wear gold stars on their uniforms so everyone can know who they are to extend the ostracism? 

Big problem for PPTA President Angela Roberts is that when talking to Sean Plunket on Radio Live last week she stated:

“this says nothing about the kids”

Right….so instructing PPTA members not to facilitate sporting and cultural exchanges says nothing about the kids.

Between Angela Roberts and PPTA junior vice president Hazel “I don’t read research from Stanford” McIntosh the last week for the PPTA showed too much of their true colours.

Given that only 1/18th of the PPTA was bothered enough to send in the pro-forma submission to the select committee on Charter Schools maybe the other 17/18 can tell them what to do with their remit.

Surely teachers cannot be happy with this type of representation. Perhaps readers might like to ask  via email  ([email protected])  about the rationale of putting kids on the front line of protest through banning sporting and cultural exchanges. A kind of educational apartheid.

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