Why Charter schools matter

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Guest Post:

I left school at 13 without an education but more importantly, without a network of assistance available inside a state provided education system, inside a welfare system, or inside a family court system.

There were Guidance Councillors in 1970, and they did their best to inform parents of every flaw, every problem you caused, and every thought you shared. They certainly were NOT your friend.
Sharing historic sexual abuse at the ‘hands’ of a grandparent provided immediate attention. Unfortunately, that attention attracted electric shock treatment, detention in a girls’ home, and the beginning of many years of rebellion.

None of this would occur today? Yeah right!
But most importantly, none of this would be ignored in a Charter School. Charter Schools provide a complete umbrella for vulnerable children. Broken children have much larger issues than English and Maths. Academic failure is usually a symptom of other issues.

It is these children that State Education fails. Lost amongst the numbers, lost within a system that expects every child to fit within their model.
Our ‘go to’ government agencies have little awareness of the real world. So politically correct in their mandate to deliver services, they have little ability to fit anyone inside a particular box. Running around with their still wet degrees completely ignorant of how life actually works.

I have always argued the shock of “Once were Warriors” highlighted the ignorance of reality. The inability to identify with the ramped dysfunction of many New Zealand lifestyles, and therefore the inability to fix anything. I was raised in Rotorua, the violence exposed in the movie happened every day as a normal occurrence, and still does.

The entire industry is ‘victim’ focused, not perpetrator focused. We allow abusive men and women to continue to produce children who will fail, because of their parents. Children who must climb mountains to avoid the repeat of their past. Children who know little but failure.
We can argue that teachers are not accountable for recognising children who desperately need intervention. We can argue that the cracks simply exist and it’s nobodies fault. Or we can try something different like Charter Schools.

I genuinely believe my life would have been different if I had had the benefit of a Charter School model. There was little concern for my mental health, the only concern was for my academic achievement. Punishment for failing, and punishment for crying for help.
God help any skinny little white girl from a middle-class background today.

The reason behind academic failure will always be systematic of a personal struggle for whatever reason. Far more identifiable as an ‘underprivileged person of colour’ than a middle-class white female like me.

They may have stopped strapping us to tables. They may have stopped sending us to institutions. But they haven’t stopped trying to put all children into that ‘box’ they consider normal. Charter Schools have.

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