Took years as Education Minister before Lockwood Smith was having to make his escape from angry mobs of students through toilet windows. After 18 months in the job, Tolley barely escaped lynching by 500 principals.
Tolley told principals they should stop talking to the media about national standards. Their criticisms are valid. She would rather silence the critics than fix the problems. Said civil servants aren’t allowed to criticise the government. But principals aren’t civil servants. Not subject to the code of conduct. They’re employed by their boards of trustees. Their duty is to their communities’ children.
Tolley has no power to silence them.
A wise authority figure power talks softly and carries a big stick. An idiot with an ego problem yells loudly while carrying no stick.
Threatening 500 pillars of local communities when you’ve got no power over them. That’s just dumb.