For Pupil People who sincerely like children and believe in PUPILLING – honouring the contract between a teacher and a learner.
PUPIL PEOPLE believe….
* When the affective is secure, the cognitive is limitless – no fear tactics.
* Schools are learning places – not warehouses for the wealthy.
* Standardised Blanket Testing creates fear and discomfort in classroom; and establishes a dislike for fundamentals.
* The exercise of professional ethics in all school matters is paramount.
Let’s Swap Labo[u]r Parties with N.Z.
In a recent address to the Auckland Primary Principals’ Association, the NZ Labour Party’s shadow Minister for Education, Chris Hipkins, spoke of matters that relate to the improvement of schooling, that the Association has described as …”The speech we have been waiting for.”
Here are a few extracts for your consideration…. [Note his name: Chris Hipkins. Note his party: Labour Party.]
“New Zealand has one of the best education systems in the world, and our curriculum is widely recognised for its competency-based approach and for the flexibility it provides.”
“I mentioned every school being a great school. I totally reject the notion that increasing competition between schools will lead to better outcomes for everyone.”
“So let me be very clear about Labour’s position on charter schools. We see no place for them. And any charter schools established under the current government will have no future under Labour. Our focus will be on ensuring that every school is a great school.”
“One of the most destructive things this government could do to quality education in New Zealand is introduce so-called ‘performance pay’ based on a narrow range of student achievement measures. If the alarm bells aren’t ringing, they should be.”
“National Standards [NZ version of NAPLAN] results are no measure of effective teaching. National Standards [aka NAPLAN] narrow the focus of teaching, encouraging teachers and students to focus time and attention on getting students over an arbitrary hurdle, rather than supporting that child to achieve full potential. National Standards [NAPLAN} are being used to stereotype schools through league tables [‘My School’ in Australia] that don’t measure pupil progress, only the number of students jumping the hurdle at a particular time.”
“We recognise that parents want to know how their kids are going, but they’re just as interested in how their kids are doing in Art and PE as they are in reading and writing. Parents want to know how their kid’s social interactions are developing. National standards [NAPLAN] tells them nothing about any of these things.”
“But we need to make sure that parents understand that league tables [i.e. “My School’] that aggregate a bunch of inconsistent data don’t provide any reliable basis for comparing the performance of schools. And without a doubt, we need to recognise many of our out-of-school factors that influence student achievement.”
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Imagine! A Labour Party acting like a Labour Party….and it’s just across the ditch .
Imagine! A Minister for Education [real or shadow] knowing something about schooling. We salute you, Mr. Hipkins. Shift across. We need you.
Imagine! A learning future for kids, when Australia has a Minister organising a nasty dysfunctional system that suits only wealthy predators.
Imagine! A cheerful learning future for kids, when Australia has a stand-by Minister who is a bad-tempered tyrant wanting to make the learning climate ‘more robust’.
Saying No to NAPLAN is the ONLY option for voters. Whichever party says this, vote for it. We need to CARE FOR KIDS…..SERIOUSLY.
Phil Cullen caring for kids.