What’s really motivating opposition to National Standards?
Credo Quia Absurdum Est has the answer in an email from a teacher:
“…we teachers have been told the entire campaign by the principals and the NZEI would be dropped in a second if the Government agreed to take school assessment data and make it top secret – i.e. not public, not even if someone made an Official Information Act request. . .
That’s nothing to do with education it’s all to do with a fear that the public will be able to compare schools.
Other quotes in that post show opposition is also motivated by politics. That’s confirmed by this post:
The Dominion came up with the strange response of children needing to come before philosophy – pathetic. Philosophy is a search for the truth: how can a rejection of the truth be good for children.
Never mind that needed a question mark, now I know why my life is so wrong. I’ve been putting my children ahead of philosophy. Bugger.
In a related post CQAE asks How far is too far?
Whaleoil has several posts on the politics of the opposition too including:
The standards are simply a tool to show how well children are learning.
No-one’s claiming they’re a perfect tool but they are necessary. One in five young people leave school with inadequate literacy and numeracy skills and the first step to changing that is early identification of the ones who are struggling.
Rather than fighting the tool the teachers should put their energy into ensuring the pupils who need help get it because that is what really matters.