John Key and the Nats are an anti-education government. Everywhere you look education is under attack.
Schools: National’s misguided, damaging, ideological “national standards” policy has been reviled by every expert. School boards were warned not to speak out, but school principals are in open revolt.
Tertiary: Tertiary funding is still being cut (the Nats call it “re-prioritised”). Underfunded universities have started turning students away. We’ll soon be following Britain into cut price degrees. Meanwhile the Nats are planning to increase student fees, government rule is being imposed on many Polytechnics and Universities are being threatened.
It’s a depressing picture. Despite all of Key’s empty rhetoric before the election, National are undermining it at every level. They seem incapable of grasping the basic facts – trained, skilled committed teachers are the best way of creating good educational outcomes, and good educational outcomes are the best way of lifting society and the economy. It is to weep.