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Join the Dots: What government is doing to NZ education

This explains what government policies are doing to public education in Aotearoa.  It outlines the huge and fundamental shifts being put in place and what the oppositions are. It is a must-watch.

What is going on?

Our public school system is being set up for privatisation and a hugely competitive model.  This push is being made via many measures, such as the proposed new lead teacher roles, charter schools, National Standards, performance pay, value-added models for funding, getting rid of the Teachers’ Council and replacing it with EDUCANZ, and so on.

Any suggestion that there is to be consultation with the education sector is misdirection.  The parameters are set, people on panels and committees are hand-picked to push them through, and teachers and parents have little to no voice at all.

Who should watch this video?

It’s a must-watch for all teachers, principals, and support staff.

If you missed your Paid Union Meeting (PUM) or left it unclear or confused, then this is essential viewing.

Anyone still out there that thinks there is not much going on in education at the moment, you owe it to yourself to watch, probably more than once.

You might also want to show it at school in a staff or union meeting, for discussion.

Parents, you may want to watch to help you formulate a list of questions to ask.



Moving towards businesses and profits as the motivator

Be clear that the shifts being put in place are huge and fundamentally change our education system, especially for primary school students.  No more the holistic approach – all that matters are standards, benchmarks and tests. And for many, profit.

If you are unclear just how drastic this is, look to the USA and England just as two examples of what is happening.  You owe it to our children and yourself to understand what is going on and to start asking questions.


Below are some links to get you going:

The Guardian – Education (England)

TeacherRoar Blog and TeacherRoar on Facebook (England)

The Anti-Academies Alliance on Facebook (England)

EduShyster – Keeping an eye on the corporate education reform agenda (USA)

The Network for Public Education (NPE) (USA)

Save Our Schools NZ on Facebook (NZ)

Stand Up For Kids – Protect Our Schools on Facebook (NZ)

There are thousands more.  Just Google ‘global education reform’ or ‘GERM’ or ‘privatisation of public schools’ and read away.

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6 thoughts on “Join the Dots: What government is doing to NZ education

  1. Reblogged this on My Thinks and commented:
    Joining the dots – a very apt description. Even though the government is spitting out bits of education policy here and there and not all at once, it doesn’t mean there isn’t an overarching umbrella of ideology driving it all.
    All the new teaching roles will give us is a layer of middle management – and that works really well in the private sector. It’s certainly the first cab off the rank when large companies are restructuring people out of a job.
    I’m not sure that education (or any sector for that matter) needs more middle management.


    Posted by boonman | April 6, 2014, 1:43 pm
  2. What about children with special needs and learning difficulties where do they fit in. If teachers pay becomes performance related then they won’t want these children in their classrooms because they will bring performance down. Charter schools are schools that focus on a specific topic like religious beliefs, sports and so on, so not a place where the average parent wants to send their child to concentrate on the national curriculum. Special needs children need a lot of support in the classroom just to get by. This takes a lot of the teachers time away from the rest of the class, so the whole class performance will suffer and the teacher will have to work twice as hard as a teacher with a class of more able students, for less money. You can’t treat schools like a business in this way because children’s learning capabilities differ so much. It’s simply unfair to penalise teachers for working extremely hard getting special needs children to be the best they can be, simply because their achievements fall below the national average.


    Posted by Tracey | April 7, 2014, 4:35 pm


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