Back in June I wrote about the news of the first few schools standing up for the education of their children, and refusing to participate in National’s flawed, damaging “national standards” process. That post finished: “It’s good to see teachers putting the welfare of the children first, and refusing to participate in a process which will do no conceivable good, and may do considerable harm. Dunedin, Invercargill, Auckland – who’s next?”.
Well now we know who:
Rebel schools: We won’t set standards
More than 200 schools are refusing to introduce part of the Government’s mandatory national standards next year after voting “no confidence” in the system.
Boards of trustees of at least 225 schools – out of a national total of 2018 – say it is time to take action against the standards, which they say are “flawed, confusing and unworkable” and need to be completely reviewed.
The article concludes with a full list of the schools, spanning the length and breadth of the country.
National’s response is as predictable is it is disappointing. They are trying to spin this boycott as “a political action” led by Labour activists, pushing a “union agenda”. Bullshit. This is a grass roots movement of community boards, standing up for the education of their children. They have a mass of educational evidence and professional opinion on their side. They are defending an education system that is by some assessments the best in the world. Anne Tolley and the Nats have precisely no evidence to support their position, all they can do is repeat threats, slogans and lies. That is why the Nats are losing this debate.
So, 225 schools so far, and counting. Who’s next?