A teacher told me that the staff at her school were concerned about National Standards until the information on them arrived, then they realised they were already doing all that was required.
Another said they didn’t make the rules but they were going to play the game to the best of their aiblity for the sake of the pupils.
Maybe the principals from those schools aren’t members of the New Zealand Principals Federation which voted overwhelmingly to oppose national standards.
Some principals are saying their schools will boycott training.
That is simply stupid. If they’ve got problems with the standards they’re likely to be the ones who most need training.
WHile they’re acting unpforessionally, many schools and their staff are quietly getting on with implementing the policy of the government, as all public servants are required to do.
If they can do it why can’t the others?
Could it be that the major problem with National Standards isn’t the policy but some teachers and their attitude towards them?