There's dynamic Tracey Martin, former School Board chair; Kelvin Davis, highly respected former principal and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party; and Winston Peters of NZ First and, Deputy PM who trained as a teacher. In Australia we only have legal eagles.
|Tracey Martin and Winston Peters|
Parent groups in NZ are claiming that now, teaching will be returned to the teaching profession and democracy will be returned to schooling in New Zealand soon. The isles are shaking with joy for kids.
It's a country that has always been to the forefront of school improvement but then, the take-over by the irrational managerialists and corporate heavy-weights circa 1990, and the addition of GERM in 2008, has had a detrimental impact that has lasted for a decade. They've had enough, now. We still tolerate it to our shame and academic deterioration.
How come New Zealand leads the world now in the decontamination of the establishment's unworthy, useless, immoral, unethical, unprofessional testucation procedures in schools? Well, there's been a number of factors.
Fortunately, during this period, it has had its crusaders for kids who just don't give in too easily. It's been a long and arduous battle, of the kind that must continue next door, in Australia.
There's Kelvin Smythe, former Chief Inspector and Allan Allach, energetic, thoughtful former primary school principal, reader and writer and Bruce Hammonds, former principal, consultant and writer - a valiant trio that has been unafraid to have their say. They set the pace. ( Phil maybe giving us more credit than we deserve but we have all done our best to share progressive ideas but we are happy to acknowledge there are many others who have made valuable contributions- Lester Flockton is one who comes to mind -Bruce Hammonds ).
There's the Primary Principals' Association which kept its administrative distance from the government testucrats and compliant GERMans, never properly complying . While "The Government will never listen and nothing will change and we are just one little country." some timorous principals said, there were others of the association, especially the leader of the organisation, Whetu Cormick, described as "The greatest teacher organisation leader of our time,:" by Kelvin Smythe. Whetu didn't hold back , "At the other
There's Diane Kahn and the Save Our Schools organisation whose prime target has always been https://saveourschoolsnz.com/ ]
There's an influential Kiwi sciolist [aka schooliolist - one who pretends to be well informed about schooling] and academic testucator who played a significant role in the introduction of testucation into NZ.....who left the country at the right time. ( Just in case you can't guess who Phil is referring to it is John Hattie -Bruce Hammonds)
There are some messages for Australia.
In world schooling terms, it is the boondocks of failed political schooling, the backward West Island of learning progress, the most over-tested country in the world.
A political party needs to think. Does it believe in providing the best schooling possible, or doesn't it give a damn as Aussie political parties do?
|Time to leave standardised learning Australia|
"Australian schools are in dire need of some Finnish-ing tactics." said Wendy Knight in The Age....and we can now add: 'and some Kiwi tactics'. What really happens in a good school system?
Why don't Australian politicians look around and learn?
Importance of Principal's organisations
Labour Party in Australia
|What happened to Ned Kelly spitit?|
It's looking more evident every day that the lower half of the existing Lib-Lab delcon group viz. Labor under Shorten, will be the government after the next federal election in Australia
A country that treats its children the way that Australia does, is in for big trouble....really big trouble. .
It relies on the cockeyed Gillard Theory of Testucation, using Kleinism to control operatives and operations, to no end except to gather data; then ignores the basic laws of administrative order and effectiveness and treats the electorate as if everyone is a dill or doesn't care what happens to kids.
The present government will go while it maintains these attitudes to schooling and doesn't have the capacity to think. The Labor Party will replace it and not do any better. Both need to think seriously about schooling...very, very seriously.
I'm deliberately apolitical and have voted informal at the last few federal elections because I've been offered only lower-order policies in general and crazy views about schooling. ...nothing that really suggests that there is a healthy future for this wonderful country.
Schooling is the most important issue of this century for Aussie citizens. If it is not rejuvenated, Australia has some big problems coming up.
I'll vote for any party -Pauline's, Bob's, Nick's, Jacqui's, anybody who says that it will get rid of NAPLAN. I'll know by its standard of advocacy that such a party likes kids, that it is thinking and will do something about our future. Our present klein system relies on child abuse. I'll study the detail of course, but no party can be so blithely ignorant of schooling as our major parties are at present. Their mentors can only bark Gonski, data, scores, testing, funding, teacher quality with schooliolist pedantry and no regard for the real spirit of learning at school.
Seriously - rejuvenation of schooling from the mess of mass testucation will be very difficult. Unscrambling an egg always is. Since New Zealand will have to do the job before Australia wakes up, it might be wise to locate some observers there to learn how to go about it.