A couple of headlines on the topic of National Standards caught my eye this morning. At time of writing the front page of Newsroom has the following:
National Standards Support – Education Minister Anne Tolley says the overwhelming message from principals and school trustees gathered in Christchurch at the weekend is that National Standards are being implemented across the country.
The overwhelming message is that the standards “are being implemented”? Well, now that’s high praise indeed. Especially considered in the context of this related headline:
Schools warned to report on standards or lose funds
The Minister of Education has warned schools they will miss out on extra resources if they do not provide national standards figures to the ministry.
I don’t think you need me to paint you a picture of the connection between those two stories. Other coverage of Tolley’s supposed support is here, and includes the claim that “initial feedback from parents has been very positive”. These are the astroturf parents of National’s heartland “insert region here” no doubt. Meanwhile at the grassroots level Tolley is desperate to bully any and all of the many dissenting voices into silence. She has threatened principals and school boards, and schools (as above), and even gone so far as to censor the Parliamentary Library. Tolley is a disgrace and her national standards are worse. Get rid of both of them.