Anne Tolley should have the sense to listen to the teachers, the principals and the eduction experts. She should trial her national standards in primary schools to get information on the outcomes before introducing them nationally.
The teachers want national standards tested in a trial, like other education innovations are before they are introduced nationally. The guy who came up with the idea of national standards says they should be trialed and has warned they could be a disaster. 80 principals so far have announced they will not implement them without a successful trial first.
Tolley seems determined to make this a fight between her and the unions. She misunderstands (as it typical of the Right) what a union is. It isn’t the handful of paid officials. It is the thousands of members. In this case, it is the teachers.
It is the teachers who have opposed national standards, the officials just follow their democratic decisions. It is the teachers that Tolley is unwittingly seeking a battle with. It is the teachers that Tolley has the temerity to accuse of not caring about the kids.
She is too stupid and too arrogant for her position, and she is charting a course for disaster and strife in the education system.