National Standards have been slated by all of the education and assessment experts in New Zealand as being fundamentally flawed. Anne Tolley’s recent admission that she has failed to find a way to ensure that League Tables (the most educationally damaging aspect of the National Standards policy) will be avoided is the final straw for principals around the country.
They have decided that enough is enough and are putting their own money where their mouth is by contributing up to a days pay to educate the people who will really suffer from this policy – parents, and to protect the nations children from an initiative that will only have negative consequences for them.
This can only be seen as a positive and moral decision by Principals who care deeply about the children in their schools and the community’s that they serve – I say congratulations to them and well done.
– Fabregas 4