Picking winners

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, May 28th, 2012 - 10 comments
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National’s got this love affair with ‘outcomes, not outputs’. Means funding teachers and community groups on the achievements of their students or clients, not the number they have.

You don’t have to have seen The Wire to know the results. Schools and community groups will pick winners, only those who can achieve easily, to protect their funding. Everyone else goes in the ‘too hard’ basket.

And that doesn’t mean they go away. They just become a bigger cost in other ways.

10 comments on “Picking winners”

  1. ianmac 1

    It was suggested this morning that Aged Care should be funded on Performance Outcomes. So “better” homes get higher funding.
    Aha. So your old Mum is cranky? Sorry. Not here.
    And your old Dad is blind? Not here mate.
    And your Mum is lucid, self-sufficient and articulate? Welcome. Welcome. Welcome.
    You others can sod off!

  2. vto 2

    Yes they are certainly not very bright.

    It is in fact exactly the same as expecting the world will operate better when you rely on “the individual knows best” mantra a-la deregulation.

    This type of thinking will lead us to the same results that we got with mining safety regulations and Pike River, banking regulations and the GFC and finance company meltdowns, and housing regulations and leaky homes.

    Woolly headed.

    • aerobubble 2.1

      The difference between the Greek fiscal crisis and the NZ one. Is the Greeks bureaucrats paid themselves too much and created a public debt problem, soon the whole society had its hand out. In NZ its the property developers (farm and homes) and they just didn’t incorporate the CGT into the tax system to begin with.

      The great binge began when Saudi Oil flowed cheaply into western countries, and the monetarists emerged with their simplistic voodoo economic ideology.

      • ianmac 2.1.1

        I read somewhere yesterday that the top 1-10 wealthy Greeks pay no tax at all.
        Another example was that fewer than 100 of those (rich Greeks?) who own swimming pools pay the required tax, yet there are several thousand such pools in Athens.

        • KJT

          The difference is:

          In Greece illegal tax avoidance is a national sport for the corporates and better off.

          In New Zealand we make it easier.

          We made it legal.

  3. bbfloyd 3

    And…… why are you surprised? This is standard national m.o. If they didn’t do stupid, short sighted, self serving stuff like this, then the labour party would have too easy a job running the country properly….. You know the one…..like a proper government is supposed to…

  4. prism 4

    Allowing people to die when their bodies are ready could become a reasoned approach. Stop ladling out the pills when people hit 80!

    By then the elderly will have had 10 years to be retired and enjoy guaranteed leisure if they change the pension to that age, longer if it stays at 67). At present there is so much intervention, no wonder aged super-gran numbers grow. Eventually they will die so let’s leave it to nature and make sure that the elders and their carers get good care and wages with the money saved.

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