Impertinent questions for the Minister of Education

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1.  Given that many students in charter schools have been failed by state schools, why do you want to throw them back into the very system that failed them? Does this not show a cold, ruthless and callous disregard for the future of the students in charter schools?

2.  This government has made a great deal of noise about “being open and transparent”.  Why, then, have you never given a reason for closing charter schools? “They have no place in NZ education,” is not a reason.

3.  What is your REAL reason for wanting to close charter schools?

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4.  This government has made a great deal of noise about “being open and transparent”.  Why, then, will you not release the most recent report on charter school performance?  What have you got to hide?

5.  In this quote from you in parliament on 9 February 2016 we see the following statement:

“When they talked about “of the kind for which they are best fitted”, Fraser and Beeby recognised that one size does not fit all, and that there does need to be differentiation in the education system, as opposed to the standardised model that the current Government preaches, which suggests that every child should learn the same thing at the same time and that the education system should act, effectively, as a pipeline—a production line, as Hekia Parata so regularly describes it.  One size does not fit all.

“One size does not fit all.” I agree with that statement.

Why, then, are you doing the exact opposite of this statement by trying to shoehorn charter school students back into state schools? They’re the same schools that failed them in the first place?


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