Education

The wrong way to promote Maori culture

A haka welcome from a Maori warrior at Rugby Park, Gisborne, where Queen Elizabeth II and the Duek of Edinburgh were given a New Zealand Maori welcome at the opening of the Royal New Zealand Polynesian Festival.

About five years ago my youngest was coming to the end of his school days. As he was awesome at something and was receiving a prize, we felt we should attend his senior school prize giving to support him and celebrate his achievements, (even though he was mortified that he would have to stand up on the stage and get looked at by everyone!)

Now we had been to the senior prize giving at this school before with our eldest child a year or so earlier. What struck me was the massive difference between the two celebrations.

There had been a change of Principal in the meantime and oh boy what a change.

I couldn’t believe how our school had gone from a typical school, with a healthy, minor focus on Maori culture etc, to one that seemed to be completely oriented to Maori over and above all other cultures.

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Why NZEI is completely wrong about these two schools

The Primary school teacher’s union NZEI  is actively opposing South Auckland Middle school and Middle school West Auckland transitioning to schools of special character by ignorantly claiming that they are not different.

The Designated Character statements for both schools are below. Both schools are confident that NZEI and other critics will be totally unable to point out a single school in New Zealand that has the same collective features.

What is really upsetting about the opposition from the teacher’s union is that they are hypocrites as they said publicly that they would support the transition but in private (with very little knowledge and zero engagement), they are actively opposing the schools’ transition. Quote:

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Ruthless education union wants partnership schools hung, drawn and quartered

Hung, drawn and quartered (cut into four pieces)

The New Zealand Education Institute which is the union for primary and intermediate schools has revealed itself to be like a merciless, cold-blooded killer. It is not enough for the union that two highly successful partnership schools have been ruthlessly ‘hung’ by Hitman Hipkins, they also want them drawn and quartered as well! Why do they feel the urge to keep stabbing the cold dead corpse of these Auckland partnership schools and why do they want their bodies burned so that they cannot be reborn as schools of special character?

Radio New Zealand reports Quote:

Two Auckland charter schools should not be allowed to join the state system because they are little different to other schools in their area, the Educational Institute says.

In a submission to the Education Ministry, the primary teachers’ union said it strongly opposed the Villa Education Trust’s application to turn its schools in South Auckland and west Auckland into designated character schools.

The schools are among 11 that would shut at the end of the year unless the government allowed them to join the state system.

The NZEI submission said granting the schools designated character status would make it difficult for the Ministry of Education to maintain an effective network of schools in the two areas.

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Greedy teachers flip fingers at Hipkins

The teachers are revolting. Well, we know that already, but they are literally revolting against the government by deciding to initiate strike action: Quote:

Primary school teachers and principals will striketheir first industrial action in New Zealand since 1994 – after rejecting a pay offer from the Government.

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), which represents about 27,000 primary school staff, said members voted “overwhelmingly in favour” of a half-day work stoppage in August, and are now discussing whether to extend the strike to a full day.

The Ministry of Education offered pay rises over three years ranging from 6.1 per cent at the top of the pay scale making the maximum salary about $80,600 – to a 14.7 per cent rise on the entry salary of $47,980 for university trained teachers, bringing it to $55,030.

The teachers’ union had asked for a 16 per cent pay rise over two years, among other claims to improve staffing and workloads it says have contributed to a national teacher shortage. End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

Face of the day

Sir Toby Curtis: “My plea to the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins is to stop this injustice.”

Today’s face of the day Sir Toby Curtis has written a column in a newspaper calling for the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins to stop the callous removal of our partnership schools. Quote.

My preference as a Māori would be to discuss the Government’s unilateral decision to close partnership schools Kura Hourua, kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) with them.

However, the Government denied us that opportunity.

It is my fervent hope that through this medium, the Minister of Education might be appraised of the concerns I raise on behalf of many Māori.

In a few days’ time a colleague and I will meet the Education Select Committee in support of our submission opposing the closure of these schools and the kura hourua model. But even before the Committee has heard submissions, the minister has terminated the contracts of 10 of the schools.

To compound the injustice, the Government has silenced the schools by holding over them the prospect of joining another state school status.

The arrogance of this is breathtaking. These are schools where hundreds of Māori students are experiencing educational success, some for the first time in their lives.

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High-handed Hipkins accused of a rush job & pre-determined outcomes

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Education Minister Chris Hipkins has been accused of a rushed process, lack of consultation and pre-determined outcomes. This time it is not the partnership schools that are complaining but state secondary schools. It appears that his arrogance and high handedness has not been solely reserved for charter schools but has been inflicted on the state schools as well.

It is quite extraordinary that a Labour-led government is already under fire from a sector that traditionally votes in Labour governments. Previously Hipkins has coldly terminated partnership schools leaving them in limbo with no idea what their future holds but now his callous tactic of refusing to communicate has been revealed to be one he uses on the state school sector as well.

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Zero fees: Frank Spencer couldn’t have done a better job

Colour me surprised. Looks like one of the government’s flagship policies, the zero fees policy, is turning out to be a bit of disaster. RNZ reports.

Quote:Official figures show student numbers increased just 0.3 percent this year, which the organisation representing New Zealand’s universities says shows the zero fees policy is not working.End of quote.

Student numbers have increased just 0.3 percent. I can understand a zero-fees policy if it means more students. More students is good. More students means hopefully you get enough students who when they graduate end up benefiting the country and offsetting the cost of the zero fees scheme.

Except student numbers haven’t increased which means as taxpayers we’re just subsidising students who would have gone to uni anyway. Quote:

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The alarming ‘opportunity costs’ of Labour party spending

Although Economists get criticised from time to time – I still value that subject as the major of my first degree. One of the central concepts of Economics is that of ‘opportunity cost’. That is; what would be the value of the alternative use of the money/resources? For this government, with their ongoing spending choices in Education, the opportunity costs are alarming.

Education is always quite rightly of huge concern in New Zealand but, more than usual, there is a growing disquiet. Modern Learning Environments (MLEs), the teacher shortage, the huge disparities between children of different ethnicities, and the NCEA review throwing much greater concern back at families trying to help their children pathway to a great future. The sector is desperate for transformation and the best we seemed to have offered up at present is a three-year talk-fest including panels of people almost secretly appointed. The losers are our Maori, Pasifika and poorer youth and much of this stems back to an election promise that the education spend simply could not afford – the $2.8billion election bribe for tertiary students.

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Face of the day

Dr Jordan Peterson (Photos by Jonathan Castellino)

Truthteller Jordan Peterson is suing Laurier university over comments faculty made during a secretly recorded meeting where Peterson was compared to Hitler.

You can listen to the secret audio below. Their treatment of the young woman for daring to show her students both sides of the debate is straight out of  the book 1984  by George Orwell. They are the thought police and her being impartial and exposing her students to both sides of a debate to them is ‘problematic’ and ‘toxic’. Like Jordan Peterson, she too is suing them.

**A private investigator discovered that there were no complaints from students about her and that she was lied to during the interrogation.

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‘There is no other school in South Auckland that my son fits into’

 

To honorable Chris Hipkins & team,

I have written a couple of times now to government in support of South Auckland Middle School remaining open and to stay in its current teaching model and wish to further support this submission.

Following recent media releases about Middle School West Auckland termination contract letters being actioned and ongoing media notifications about timelines for answers, this does nothing to reduce my concerns about what is going to happen with my son’s school “South Auckland Middle School”.

As per my previous communication to you, there is no other school in South Auckland that my son fits into.  It took me approx 8 months of researching each school in South Auckland and having interviews in person and over the phone with each of the schools to find the best placement for him and I believed South Auckland Middle School was the only school that had the potential at that time for him to have any chance of success.  We were fortunate that our application was successful and am happy to say that this has proven to be absolutely without a doubt the right school for my son.

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