The international evidence that National Standards don’t work is conclusive. Only 20% of schools are ready to implement them and over 300 schools are refusing altogether. What’s our Minister for Education’s response to the objections of people who have dedicated their lives to education? A declaration of war using the kids against the teachers.
Tolley says she will cut funding to schools that don’t cooperate: “They will find that targeted professional development [for teachers and principals] won’t be available [to them].”
Imagine a government punishing doctors by refusing to teach them new medical techniques – it’s the patients that would suffer, no government would do it. But that’s the same as what Tolley is threatening. It’s the kids who will suffer.
And Tolley knows it: “Look, it’s election year, so anything goes.”
What does that mean? It means she’s prepared to use the kids. She wants to turn the parents against the teachers by putting the kids’ education at risk.
Despicable. And, perhaps worse, completely vision-less. This isn’t an education minister who is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for kids and, thereby, New Zealand’s future. This is a minister who sees her job as reducing spending and battling the unions. To her, education is just a battlefield and the kids are cannon fodder.