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Save charter schools rally: Sunday 29 April


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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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$47,000 per student why aren’t the Teacher Unions outraged?

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The PPTA in particular loves to compare apples with pears in an attempt to show that Charter Schools are funded more per student than State schools. This is not actually the case as we have shown in past articles.
The cold hard facts have not stopped both Labour and Teacher Unions  from complaining that Charter Schools are expensive at less than $4000 set up per student.In contrast State Schools are massively expensive. There has just been a refurbishment and redevelopment (i.e. not even a land purchase or initial building) for Western Springs College of $80 million. That works out at $47,000 per student.
Are you as a taxpayer happy with this comparison? Why is the PPTA silent about this? Could it be that they are like Kelvin Davis who only attacks privately run prisons and ignores the problems in State run prisons?

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Why does the media just regurgitate obvious bull$#1T?

Look: I get it, the opposition and unions have to tear down the government at every opportunity, and media should report on this.  But to do so without even running it past the sniff test is insane.

A union is blaming underfunding of the education system for why a report is critical of the standard of maths teachers in schools.

And principals say the report doesn’t add up.

The report by public policy think tank the NZ Initiative found that a lack of focus on the basics of maths was behind declining standards in numeracy and said too few primary school teachers have adequate levels of maths to teach the subject.

It recommends that the new Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand introduces a certificate of maths teaching competency with professional development and training helping teachers gain the skills required.

The primary teachers’ union says teacher training courses do not always provide adequate training in maths and there was a lack of professional development training for teachers.

“The underfunded education system means teachers are not getting the professional development support that they need for optimal maths teaching,” said NZEI Te Riu Roa president Louise Green.

But Education Minister Hekia Parata said underfunding wasn’t the issue.

“We put a lot of funding into professional learning and development and support,” she said. Read more »

Teachers sue unions? What alternate universe is this?

Not in New Zealand, that’s for sure.  Here, the teachers unions still have their membership shackled in fear.  But not so in California

Rebecca Friedrichs figures 30 years is long enough when it comes to paying her dues.

A fourth-grade teacher in Anaheim public schools, Friedrichs has long had problems with the way the California Teachers Association spends the union dues it takes in and the way it goes about collecting the money from the rank and file. Now she and nine other teachers from around the state are fighting back. The 10 public school teachers allege in a lawsuit that the CTA, the largest affiliate of the National Education Association, has no right to spend the rank-and-file’s money on political campaigns with which members disagree.

Even better…  instead of allowing the PPTA to, say, donate to the Labour party only, they would be either forced to donate to the National party as well, or not donate at all.

That’s actually common sense, but right now, unions are almost all Labour affiliated, so even when you are a union member that would prefer to support other parties, your union takes your money and gives it to the opposition.   Read more »

This is how the Teacher Unions get the answers they want

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Not all teachers are rabid unionists.  Which is why I get told about these sorts of dirty tricks.

How many teachers would have voted NO on that?  Seriously…

If you need a reminder on how questionnaires can be manipulated to get the result you want, here’s a classic Yes Prime Minister clip that explains it.   Read more »

Labour’s flagship education policy is stillborn

Labour are truly bereft of original ideas, and they keep going back to the standard:  spend more money to solve a problem.

As we’ve often said, because Labour make it so necessary to say it, if spending more money solved problems, we could spend ourselves into health, prosperity and zero unemployment.

We all know it doesn’t work that way.

On the face of it 2000 extra teachers sounds like a great idea, until you think it through.  Forget the actual cost of it right now, that’s the least of the problems with this policy.

Where are these 2000 teachers coming from?

Teachers colleges turn out several hundred a year.  So Cunliffe says old, tired, disillusioned teachers are going to be attracted to the profession.   And he will be looking at immigrants.

Let’s break that down a little further.  Teachers that have given up on teaching already will need to be “encouraged”, but the whole payment and reward system of the teaching profession is diametrically opposed to anyone being paid even once cent more than anyone else with the same qualifactions, experience and responsibilities.

So, they won’t be getting any more money.  It flies against everything the teachers unions stand for.  Equality in everything, and all that.

So if you aren’t going to be able to pay or reward these teachers for coming back, what form will Labour incentives take?

These teachers coming back are disillusioned or retired. How are they going to hit the ground running with iPads, chromebooks, WiFi Internet?

These teachers coming back are disillusioned or retired. How are their colleagues going to accept them?  How would you like to be perceived as a burnt-out, disillusioned, retired teacher that only came back for whatever Labour is going to use to incentivise them?

How are your colleagues going to treat you, knowing you walked away from them in the past?  You rejected the profession then, what’s changed?  A Labour bribe?
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This will piss off the teachers unions

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via militaryschools.us

Forget charter schools.  How about schools run by the military?

Thousands of former members of the Armed Forces wanting to become teachers will be fast tracked into the profession under a Government scheme launched today.

Ex members of the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force will be lured into teaching with bursaries, salaries during training and fast track qualification courses.

The move could see thousands of former soldiers, sailors and airmen enter classrooms each year and is the latest initiative by the Government to promote a military ethos in schools.

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Gillard is a far-right radical

Julia Gillard could well be a far-right radical in pushing for performance bonuses for teachers:

In a submission to a federal government review, state Labor’s education policy committee has warned against the Gillard plan to link students’ test results to more funding for schools and pay bonuses for teachers.

…Some federal caucus members are also opposed to the plans to link test scores with bonuses from 2013. The bonuses, worth $8000 for teachers and up to $100,000 for schools, will be determined in part on students’ improvement in the national literacy and numeracy tests (NAPLAN).

”It’s just stupid policy and it won’t survive,” said one senior figure. ”The tests are a one-point-in-time thing, they can’t give you improvement over time.”

Julia Gillard would be pilloried by the teachers unions in New Zealand for proposing such a radical far-right agenda such as paying teachers for performance.

NZEI – the real story

Having been forced into a humiliating backdown over National Standards, the NZEI has finally revealed its true reasons for trying to deny parents the information they want on exactly how their kids are doing at school, and what the school is going to do to make things right.

The education sector union NZEI Te Riu Roa is banding together with two other educational organisations to fight the use of misleading “National Standards” information being used to compare schools.

NZEI, along with the New Zealand Principals Federation (NZPF) and the Boards Taking Action Coalition (BTAC) share very real concerns over the potential misuse of flawed “National Standards” data on student achievement.

School communities will soon face the requirement to submit “National Standards” data into the Education Ministry which would then be available to be constructed into school league tables.

NZEI is making this joint statement with NZPF and BTAC:

“We believe that participation in a process that would use unreliable and nationally inconsistent data to form league tables poses a serious threat to New Zealand’s highly successful quality public education system, to teacher professionalism, to the well-being of schools and their communities and ultimately, to our children’s learning”.

The threat of “National Standards” information being used unfairly is now very real says NZEI President Ian Leckie.

Let’s ignore the fact that these three “educational organisations” are actually the NZEI under different titles.

Quite simply, the union doesn’t want any school or teacher being identified as under-performing.

Forget the notion of the Government getting info so it can do something to help the kids. The union would rather protect the bad teachers.

They are scared that journalists will OIA the information and create league tables – showing the good and bad schools, and allow parents to decide which schools they reckon will do a good job of educating their children.

And we can’t have that, can we comrade?

So, here’s a Whale warning for journos. Over the next few months the NZEI under its various names is going to do everything it can to hide information from you, argue it shouldn’t be released, or say that the data isn’t sound.

And you’ll know why.

The campaign is already underway to spread the nastiness among parents and students, and in the next couple of days I’ll be posting one of the worst examples yet.