Teachers must learn to obey Govt’s orders
Three years ago, when the National Party announced its plan to make all primary schools test pupils’ ability in reading, writing and mathematics, teachers were scornful. … The union, in league with the Principals Federation, says the standards are being rushed … Mrs Tolley is surely right to suggest the unions’ arguments are now purely philosophical. This has underpinned their resistance from the start. It has endured despite the Government concessions and despite the public support for national standards. It is the only reasonable explanation for the dragging of feet and the increasingly radical demeanour.
Compare and contrast with yesterday’s editorial:
Parents heed teachers for good reasons
When 225 school boards of trustees declare they will not adopt the Government’s National Standards it is time to take stock. Boards of trustees are representatives of parents, the very people in whose interests the Government has been pressing teachers to report children’s progress more rigorously and clearly.
The 225 boards comprise just over 10 per cent of the national total. Most of them may be strongly influenced by the school principal and staff representatives, but elected parents are not likely to be swayed by political antagonism or professional jealousy. They have listened to teachers’ concerns and taken them seriously. It may be time we all did.
Well some of us have been saying so since the start. But welcome to the sanity party Granny — better late than never I guess. In other news yesterday:
Researchers back National Standards boycott
Two Massey University education researchers are supporting the actions of more than 225 school boards who are refusing to introduce national standards at their primary schools.
The pair, professor of teacher education John O’Neill and associate professor John Clark from the university’s College of Education, said concerns expressed by school trustees over national standards in primary schools were warranted because of the risk of harm to students inappropriately labelled as “below standard”. …
“It is a great pity however, that the Government is insisting that an untested policy be implemented in spite of independent research evidence of its potential harm to pupils. …
“If there had been a proper trial of the standards, none of these concerns need have arisen,” he said. “Parents wouldn’t allow their children to take an unproven drug or medical therapy. Why should they allow their children to be experimented on with education policy?” …
Why indeed? But wait – there’s more!
More schools may boycott National Standards
More schools are signalling they will boycott the government’s controversial national standards programme. And parents are also joining teaching specialists in a revolt against the education policy. …
And so on and so on. The few remaining hacks still trying to defend the standards fiasco, like National’s pet blogger DPF, are desperately trying to spin opposition to standards as “playing politics”. The very opposite is true. It is those shilling for standards who are doing so for purely political reasons. They have precisely NO evidence to support the efficacy or even safety of the scheme. And they are trying to ram it down our throats in the face of all contrary evidence, expert opinion, and now broad based community action.
Well. The events of the last few days have shown that the political hacks and shills have failed. The tide has clearly turned against standards. Game over Tolley.
Bunji – the number of schools boycotting has already risen to 240.