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So the first ‘ropey’ National Standards data is slipping out.
It may not bear comparison, and not be moderated or indeed standardised, but Hekia Parata can now divulge the great wisdom that National’s StandardsTM provides:
In shock news, apparently Maori and Pasifika children aren’t doing as well. And now we can target them to make sure we can help them improve.
Maybe by bringing back all those “Closing the Gaps” policies that Labour hurriedly cancelled once Don Brash’s Orewa speech made them too politically toxic.
Which party was Don Brash leader of again?
I’m glad we’re going back to the 50s and labelling lots of kids as failures at age 5, giving them complexes and blocks to their learning, all so we can learn… what we already knew.
Next week, Hekia will no doubt divulge that her 20% tail is in fact the ones the teachers were pointing out before they had to spend large parts of their day teaching to the National Standards test – back when they spent their time helping our kids fulfil their potential.
For yet more on how standards go horribly wrong, here’s an in-depth article from the US. Schools getting fabulous results for their under-privileged kids, and looking like they’ll get punished financially because they don’t do well on the test.
That’ll motivate them.
Now why are we adopting the education policies of those countries far below us in education rankings (and falling), and not having faith in the 4th best education system in the world, that costs just about the least?