There is nothing positive about discrimination

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission promotes the racism of lower expectations whereas what the Charter schools in New Zealand are doing for Maori and Pasifika students is the complete opposite. They set high expectations and support their students to achieve them.

Maori and Pasifika inside Charter schools are able to work to their full potential and because of that they are the future Maori and Pasifika leaders of tomorrow.

The NZ Human’s rights commission, on the other hand, supports discrimination as a way of levelling the playing field for Maori and Pasifika which when you turn it into a sports analogy is clearly a very poor strategy.

Would you rather take a sportsman into the All Blacks who was given a spot due to discrimination against more talented athletes or would you rather take a sportsman who had attended a Rugby school that is known for turning rugby players into high performers and who is, in fact, All Black material? Below is how the NZ Human Rights Commission proposes to achieve equality by screwing the scrum.

Positive actions to achieve equality

Why can some groups be treated differently in some situations?
Different treatment may be necessary to enable a particular group of people to achieve equality with others.

Both the Human Rights Act and the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act recognise that to overcome discrimination positive actions may be needed to enable particular groups to achieve equal outcomes with other groups in our society. These positive actions are called ‘special measures’ or ‘affirmative action’. They are not discriminatory if they assist people in certain groups to achieve equality. Any special measure must be based on information that shows that the present position is unequal.

So when you call discrimination a ‘positive action’ then it is no longer discrimination, got it.

Groups of people that may be entitled to special measures are linked by one of the grounds of unlawful discrimination in the Human Rights Act (e.g. sex, ethnicity, disability). Examples include government programmes targeted to specific ethnic groups or university entry quotas for Maori and Pacific people.

Special measures are an important tool to reduce the impact of discrimination. Such measures are intended to be temporary and should end when the inequality is eliminated.

So they reduce the impact of poor educational outcomes from State schools by discriminating using ‘special measures.’

Instead of giving people who have not achieved high enough educational outcomes special quotas to get them into University courses I think it is much better to keep Charter schools open so that they can get in on their own merits without the need for any discrimination, (oh sorry) ‘special measures and ‘positive actions.’

-NZ HRC


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