This is how grown ups act?

Teachers at the NZEI conference yesterday responded to Education Minister Anne Tolley’s speech by holding up placards in silence.

Is this how grown ups act? Is this what they teach their pupils about good manners?

This wasn’t about education, it was about politics.

The reaction was pre-arranged. The teachers weren’t there to listen and learn, to ask questions or discuss, they were there with closed minds to protest.

It looked like it was unanimous too, but then given the bullying someone who dared question the union line got, it’s probable everyone who is working with National Standards as they’re supposed to be would have stayed away.

10 Responses to This is how grown ups act?

  1. robertguyton says:

    Tolley certainly has managed her portfolio well and maintained excellent relations with the teachers and Principals.
    She deserves a holiday for all her delicate handling of the national standards issue –
    Fancy those teachers being unhappy with what dear Anne has proposed and the way she’s gone about her business!
    What will their students think of them DDARING TO QUESTION???


  2. Sally says:

    The all powerful teachers’ union does no favours for our children’s education.


  3. Sally says:

    Actually teachers are supposed to be “professionals.”

    Professionals don’t go on strike, do they?


  4. Allan says:

    The sooner the union is destroyed and replaced by a responsible, non socialist dominated, organisation that puts the education of children ahead of politics the better. The Govt should do what Ronald Reagan did to the air traffic controllers, just sack all of the teachers who do not wish to follow the wishes of the Government. There would be chaos for a short while however things would soon calm down and then perhaps the education system which is currently letting the children down would improve because the teachers there would be getting on with the job. The current system is a crock and needs to be drastically altered and the sooner the better.


  5. robertguyton says:

    At first glance, I thought the post’s title was “Are there any grown-ups in ACT?


  6. Sally says:

    Exactly Allan.

    Our education system has been continually dumbed down for the past 30 odd years. This dumbing down I believe has contributed very largely to the growth of alcoholism, drug abuse and sexual promiscuity.

    We need to seriously consider Western Australia’s government move that is making it possible for schools to make decisions that are best responsive to the needs of their students and local communities. “All state schools are being urged to apply for independent school status, with up to 30 schools already expected to move out of the education department’s orbit by the end of this year.” They have started the process of ‘genuine’ education reform. When will we start?


  7. robertguyton says:

    Ah yes Sally, I see.
    Nothing like some good ol’ fashioned God-fearin’ skoolin’


  8. peterlepaysan says:

    How does one bully the Minister?


  9. homepaddock says:

    Peter, watch the unions, they’re doing their best to bully her.


  10. robertguyton says:

    … because it’s impossible to speak with her civilly.


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