On Tuesday Anne Tolley, Minister for wrecking primary education, dropped this little pearl:
Panel to advise on national standards
Education Minister Anne Tolley has announced she will establish a national standards sector advisory group. … Mrs Tolley told the Otago Daily Times yesterday that the move was in response to growing unrest among principals and teachers over implementing the standards.
“It’s in response to the conversations I’ve had with principals and teachers. They are getting on with implementing national standards, but there’s been this disquiet around it.
“It just seemed to me that there was a real desire from these people to be involved.”
Got that campers? After all these months of warnings and pleadings and threats of action Anne has worked it out! The penny has dropped! It just seems to Anne that principals and teachers (“these people”) want to “be involved” in the process of determining what happens in their schools.
Words fucking fail me. No – they really do. The only words I have to describe my reaction to this should not be printed in a respectable family blog like this one.
I propose The Tolley Challenge. Can anyone find a comment made by any other minister, ever, in the history of New Zealand, that is as stupid, as arrogant, as offensive, as out of touch, as brain-fartingly idiotic a statement of the bleeding obvious as this clanger from Tolley? Anything even close? If so, share with the group. But for myself, I reckon Tolley is in a class of her own…