Two guest contributions on Anne Tolley’s last ditch bid to sell national standards:
I’ve just been to a meeting with Anne Tolley on National Standards.
She said they consulted widely. ‘11,000 submissions’ she said.
A Principal replied he’d been invited to one meeting in which they were told what the standards were and when they would start. Teachers were â€˜consulted’ by being invited to make submissions in writing or on the web. No feedback, no discussion.
She again said they had no intention of publishing â€˜league tables’ but to a question replied, ‘no we can’t stop others, like the media, producing the tables’.
Up to now I thought the â€˜Democracy under Threat’ was just a slogan. No more.
If you want your chance to quiz Tolley and you live in West Auckland your chance is on Thursday but it sounds like the Nats would rather you didn’t come:
Anne Tolley and Paula Bennett are are holding a public meeting in West Auckland on Thursday March 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm at 429 Great North Road, Henderson which is Bennett’s office.
They cannot be expecting many people. Not booking a hall is amazing as my impression of her office is that it is really small.
I have not seen any billboards about the meeting and only the one advertisement in the Western Leader.
Key did say on February 3, 2010 (Beehive notes) that ‘over the next few weeks, National Party MPs will be holding public meetings up and down the country to talk directly to parents about this important policy. I also encourage you to attend one of these meetings in your local electorate.’
They don’t seem to be very keen to meet parents.