NZPF president on Charter schools – “parents have quite enough choice already”

The principal of Manurewa Intermediate is Iain Taylor. He is also the president of the Principals union, the NZ Principals Federation.

Bryan Bruce thought this guy rocked and his school should be the model for all NZ schools.

But his latest missive to the union members reveals a great deal about him.

This last week has been a ‘media frenzy’ with the main issue being the pre-Budget announcement that the Government is going to fund seven more charter schools.   We released a media statement to say that charter schools are not wanted, parents have quite enough choice already and the money should be spent on making every public school a great school.   No substantial evaluation of existing charter schools has been done to give any confidence that New Zealanders can benefit from having more of them.

Got that. All those parents who are choosing charter schools over schools like his shouldn’t have that choice. Nope, they should be happy with the choices they already have. You know, the ones limited by school zones meaning there is no choice at all.

He knows best, we should do as we are told, we have choice enough. The state system or the private system and nothing else.

Imagine if his attitude prevailed in every market sector. You could have one state run petrol company and one private company, that is choice enough. We don’t need competition. Two choices is plenty enough.

He would require that Farro and Nosh be closed down, that Progressive Enterprises rationalise their three brands of Countdown, SuperValue and Fresh Choice down to one brand and Foodstuffs makes all their supermarkets one brand as well from the four brands they already have…and the state will provide dull, uninviting supermarkets with unionised staff performing rude and perfunctory service because we have more than enough choice as it is.

Banks will be forced to close. It will be Kiwibank and one other. More than two banks is more than enough choice for customers.

This one statement proves without a shadow of a doubt that the state school system and their union masters need seriously more competition. Competition is what drives excellence.

Unfortunately the unions, protectors of the mediocre and the indolent, don’t want choice, because choice will show them up.

Hey, let’s merge all the teacher unions…there is more than enough choices as it is, perhaps too much choice.


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