Another confused teacher’s union leader

The NZEI have a new leader, Lynda Stuart. She admits to having been a part of an education system for the last 30 years that has generated massive inequalities for Maori and Pasifika children. Her first point of confusion is she advocates for the State – one size fits all – methodology:

“Policies such as national standards and charter schools have no place in a country which values diversity and the personalisation of a child’s learning journey.”

Charter schools world-wide bring greater diversity and personalisation in schools and yet her aims are:

  •  To get rid of a few charter schools that are making a difference to the families they get to work with compared to the State situations they were in. She calls it a failed policy but clearly cannot see that massive and self perpetuating State school failures that eventuate in Maori school leavers graduating with UE at a rate well under half of that of European students.
  • She wants to get rid of National Standards – probably because they show the inequalities and the poor State school response.

She is even further confused in that her recommended book is:

“Thrive by Ariana Huffington. It looks at redefining success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder. A great read!”

Huffington’s view on Charter Schools:

“I support a greater autonomy among school districts. I’m a passionate believer in charter public schools. As governor, I will equalize funding for pupil funding for charter school and make it possible for each charter school to give merit pay and to actually encourage the best teaching, the best creative teaching.”

Uh oh, looks like Lynda Stuart needs some remedial reading and comprehension classes.

 

-Fairfax

 


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