“Tolley finds ally in school mum” screams the headline of Audrey Young’s piece today.
You might think things are pretty desperate when the Herald is devoting pieces to each individual parent who support Tolley but it turns out this mum at no point expresses support for Anne Tolley or national standards.
“She thanked Tolley for coming” is the closest she came and that isn’t exactly a wholehearted endorsement of the minister and her policies.
In fact, any objective reading of Young’s own report shows that Tolley got a hammering and is falling back on desperate tactics to try to illegitimise real concerns about national standards:
“One of the teachers in the room challenged Tolley over what evidence she had that there was any link between national standards and improved achievement.
National standards wasn’t evidence, it was just a tool to identify the problem to see where how it should be addressed.
She said it was sad and frustrating she said that she was still having such debates with “the sector.” They should be more concerned about what they could be doing to support “this mother” she said, indicating Tea.”
What a disgusting, arrogant display. Tolley is implying that teachers don’t care about the success of students, only she (who has no experience at all in education) knows what’s best and she shouldn’t have to explain herself to educational experts. Also, the minister has spent months telling us that national standards would stop kids failing, now she’s saying it won’t do that it will only identify those that are failing… which is something we already know.
Of course, Young fails to mention of the cost of Anne Tolley’s bus tour around the country. When Labour does it, they get attacked by the Herald. When National does it, free pass.
I’m not accusing the Herald of having double standards… wait, that’s exactly what I’m doing.