PPTA also debate/quote themselves – Ban contact with Charter Schools

The PPTA have voted to tell their members not to interact in any way with the five Charter Schools. 

American import and Birkenhead High School teacher Austen Pageua has wildly quoted himself and somehow claims his school will lose a teacher – no guesses for who might be chosen if there was no tenure – though no one has a clue how that might be the case.

He labels the five schools and “invasion of public education”.

Not only that but he tells the PPTA conference – that must be the most boring place on the planet to be right now – that there is an upcoming US invasion (this – from an American who shifted here to teach – a level of hypocrisy way beyond fiction. 

He actually states that he is worried that school with more independence could be coming our way. If he is right we need to build tanks – quickly.

The PPTA position is clear:

– they offer nothing to make a difference to the current failure patterns and cycles – especially where Maori and Pasifika children are involved. As long as the PPTA has control those groups can rot.

– They value children so little they are prepared to separate them off and tell the kids not to play with other. “Our kids are not going to play to your kids.”

There is a saying among teachers that “if the PPTA is against it – then it is probably good for kids.”

I hope PPTA members feel good about paying someone like Austen Pageau a lot of money to waste it on talking crap.


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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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