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Need for Choice in State Education
Posted 17 February, 2010
"As Associate Minister of Education, I'm committed to choice. The Government doesn't believe that central planning, or ideology, should dictate where children attend school. We want to give parents greater freedom to send their children to the school of their choice based on educational quality, school ethos, and their children's needs. This extract from one of two recent speeches by Associate Minister of Education, Heather Roy, indicates a refreshingly different approach to state control of schooling.
Defending Elitism in UK Schools
“State education in this country is not merely a scandal. It is a national tragedy. So thank goodness for private schools, with their emphasis on discipline and self-reliance, and a thousand curses on those … who have sought, and still seek, to pen gifted children in their dismal prisons, in order to achieve equality of outcome.
“Some people can see further, jump higher, run faster than others, and that’s the way it always will be. Let’s face it. If mankind marched at the pace of its most slow-witted members, so that dullards did not feel ‘excluded’, we’d still be running around with woad on.”
“State schools take their lead from the government, from the local authorities, from the educational training colleges which fill their teachers’ heads with leftist bilge, from the unions, from the teachers - from anyone indeed but the children and parents whose interests they are supposed to serve. …
“Our dismal education system needs root and branch reform. We all know that. We also know that it is THE reason for the decline in social mobility which has, inevitably, made Britain unhappier, more resentful, and more bitterly divided. But until we have the intellectual honesty to address how this came about, we are not going to be able to resolve the problem. …
“The reason our state schools are in a mess is because of the “progressive” policies imposed upon them by generations of liberal-leftist educational theorists and government apparatchiks. The way to extract them from this mess is to make them as free as possible from State meddling, and to give parents the opportunity to reject those schools which are failing their kids and to choose schools which serve their needs well.
“Punishing private schools and universities for the ideological bankruptcy of the ‘progressive’ values which permeate our failing state education is not just morally and intellectually wrong. It’s cultural suicide.
See Elitism Doesn't Just Benefit a Few by Michael Henderson, The Daily Telegraph London 22 August 2009
Hundreds of New Zealand Teachers Assaulted by Pupils
Posted 9 March 2010
Today's Dominion Post reports that "442 teachers needed ACC-funded treatment after assaults at school during 2008 and 2009, ... [and] there were a further 335 pupil assaults on teachers in 2008 that did not require ACC-funded treatment." To combat this "More than 5000 teachers from low-decile schools will have training in handling children who lash out or misbehave in the classroom." Are state schools safe for children?
The New National Curriculum is set to poison the nation’s children with ignorance. Behind the curriculum, introduced progressively since 2007, is a clearly announced plan to stop children in New Zealand schools learning. The final stage comes on the first day of school 2010 when the traditional way of knowing facts and truth will be illegal in state schools.
Trained to Teach Selfishness Without Knowledge
Posted 2 January, 2012
“I was trained in a system that contradicts itself, doesn’t promote knowledge or understanding, and encourages self-centredness.” At our 2011 Final Assembly, staff member Mr Pope reflected on his just completed university teacher-training course. It taught him that state schools’ New Zealand Curriculum promotes participation and self-centredness instead of knowledge and mastery.
State Children is a condensed version of The Child Moulders.
It examines the way state schools in New Zealand are using state compulsion to inculcate a morality without right or wrong, and teach experience as if it is knowledge.
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