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Who really needs to change their culture, do some soul-searching?

A self-described Teachers’ Union apparatchik talks about the culture of police and military and how it needs to change:

I find it strange that he never acknowledges the abuse of young people by their own and the cover-ups that go on within the education sector, mostly by people represented by the union.   Read more »

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Who is in charge of education?

Education is in a shambles, that is if you believe the news media and the Labour party.

Labour wants to rid us of charter schools yet this is what the media have said about the education system in just the past week.

Illegal in school payments:

Teachers may have been granted “illegal” long service leave payments to go on overseas holidays in a case uncovered after the Ministry of Education stepped in at one south Auckland school.

A number of financial irregularities were uncovered at Papatoetoe Intermediate School, including funds that could have been used to support student learning being spent elsewhere.

Meanwhile pupils’ National Standards results lagged at up to 70 per cent ‘well below’ in reading, writing and maths.

It’s one of nine schools that are currently under the control of appointments directed by Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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Teacher unions happy to see the back of tone-deaf Parata

The teacher unions have never been happy with a single Education Minister, ever. It is no surprise they are happy to see the back of Hekia Parata.

During her time Ms Parata clashed with education groups including teacher unions. She told reporters she hoped she would be leaving with a mutually respectful relationship with the unions.

“I have tried to involve the unions early in decision-making processes, I’ve set up forums where they are involved. They’re on every key working group since I’ve been in this role,” she said.

That was her one mistake. You can’t deal honourably or constructively or even respectfully with teacher unions, ever.

And to show that is true the teacher unions have been dancing on her political grave.

The president of early childhood and primary school teacher union Educational Institute, Louise Green, said that inclusiveness was triggered by the government’s failed 2012 attempt to increase class sizes.

“Were they opportunities where we were really listened to? There were times when we felt that our voice was heard and there are other times that we felt that we weren’t.”

PPTA president Angela Roberts said when the minister did listen, things went well, but that did not always happen.

“When she has allowed herself and her ministry to engage sincerely with us, the profession, we’ve been able to see some interesting and good policies come through, such as the resourcing of collaboration between schools. And when she doesn’t, we get disastrous ideas.”

Ms Roberts said the government’s policies under Ms Parata had been a mixed bag.

“The collaboration between schools is at a very very early stage yet, it is the first time anyone has tried to push back against the collaborative model, but it is all going to be undermined by things like the COOLs (online schools) and bulk funding.”

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E-mail from an angry unionist

I thought I would share with you an e-mail from a teacher and unionist that Cam received yesterday. It is nice to know that the other side of the story is being read even if it may not be agreed with. I have described the writer as angry as he used CAPITAL LETTERS which in the online world denotes shouting. Before publishing,  I did a quick google search to find out if this was an ordinary teacher and member of the PPTA who felt so strongly about the issues he raised.

I found an article from 2002. Back then Chris Bangs was a PPTA Branch Chairman.

Mr Mallard said the national executive of the Post Primary Teachers Association supported the Auckland action, and he was disappointed “that action of this nature was planned without even giving PPTA members the opportunity to consider the latest Government offer”. About 2000 teachers belonging to the association refused to teach third-formers yesterday. They will do the same with each year level throughout the week.

Waitakere College branch PPTA chairman Chris Bangs said the problems and stresses faced by city area teachers, including poverty and other extreme social problems, had made Auckland members want to jump the gun on national strike action, scheduled for April 29.

-The Herald

I also found a more recent article from 2010 where once again Chris Bangs was quoted in an article about PPTA strike action.

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Teacher Unions attempt to win hearts and minds with a Bus tour

Bus tours can be great and my favourite dangerous faggot Milo, knows how to do one in style.

I suspect however that the teachers’ bus tour will be more hippy commune style than gangster chic.

. hippy bus 93 .

. hippy bus 93 .

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PPTA president blames stress for inappropriate conduct towards students

The march of registered teachers through the courts and disciplinary processes continues unabated. The teacher unions and Labour party oppose charter schools because there isn’t a requirement for registered teachers. They say teacher registration will protect the kids.

In the past three years, 75 teachers have been investigated and 54 struck off for inappropriate conduct towards their students.

The PPTA head thinks that is just because of a wee bit of stress.

Act leader David Seymour has slammed comments made by an education union president – saying teacher stress has nothing to do with serious offending against children.

But Angela Roberts, president of the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA), says Seymour has misconstrued her comments – and probably done so deliberately.

Seymour today called on teachers to demand the resignation of Roberts, over comments made to Newshub on Friday.

“Inappropriate conduct can severely damage a child for life,” he said.

“Over the past three years 75 teachers have been investigated and 54 struck off, but the PPTA show no remorse, simply citing ‘stress’ and ‘bad decisions.'”

Roberts was quoted by Newshub for a story on the number of teachers censured and deregistered in the past three years, including for sexual misconduct, assault and sex abuse.

The report quoted Roberts as saying it was important for the Education Council to monitor the statistics for any trends.

“They may find that there is an increased trend of teachers who are suffering from significant stress, and some really poor decisions get made,” she told Newshub.

“And if that’s something they see a trend is coming through on, then actually how do they respond to that?”

Roberts also said that it was important for the Education Council to have good processes in place to protect teachers and students.

“It can get really complicated very quickly – do the police need to be involved, is it just an employment issue or is it a registration issue? So there are three bits to it,” she said.

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Teacher unions rear up against Government’s latest bulk funding plan

The members of NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA have delivered a resounding rejection of the Government’s latest funding proposal, with more than 99% voting against it in meetings around the country, and calling for further action.

Teachers and support staff believe the “global funding” proposal is effectively a return to the failed bulk funding experiment of the 1990s and could result in fewer teachers and larger class sizes, to the detriment of children’s education.

Most kindergartens, primary and secondary schools were represented at the meetings.

There were three parts to the vote:

1. That this meeting rejects the Global Budget bulk funding model because it undermines the equity and quality of our education system. 99 percent vote in favour

2. That this meeting call on the government to instruct the ministry to work collaboratively with the sector to develop a funding system that recognises the real costs of delivering an equitable quality education to all learners. 99 percent vote in favour

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ACT: Turf out bad teachers by offering early retirement or retraining

bad teacher

Free Press writes

Teacher Unions’ Odd Position
Teachers will strike this week, forcing parents all over the country to make alternative arrangements.  Their concern?  That principals and boards of trustees will be given more flexibility in how they use their funding.  They believe this will lead to fewer teachers being employed, but why would that be?
How it Plays out in Partnership Schools
ACT’s Partnership Schools have total flexibility in their funding.  They have generally used this flexibility to economise on material things and employ more teachers.  It is not clear why the teacher unions believe state schools would use flexibility to employ fewer teachers, unless… Read more »

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Online learning will supplement and complement what traditional schools offer

The fear mongering in the press releases from the Green party and the PPTA have been put to rest by Hekia Parata. A recent speech in Parliament made it very clear that online learning will not be replacing traditional schooling. Instead, as I had predicted in my post this week it will complement traditional education. While she did say ” in whole or in part ” that is likely a reference to it replacing the current correspondence school model.

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The PPTA and the Green Party are united in their criticism of online schools

What a coincidence, yesterday the Green party put out a press release on Voxy about online schools and only seven minutes later the PPTA did one as well.

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Clearly, neither the Green party nor the PPTA supports online schools. Here is a brief summary of the points each group made in their press release.

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