Why don’t we tax teachers and use the money to tackle the tail of kids who fail at school?
That wouldn’t be fair, there are many reasons for children failing, you can’t hold all teachers responsible.
There are many reasons for the degradation of water quality, but you say it’s fair to tax all irrigators to clean it up. You could use the money for professional development for teachers who aren’t performing.
That’s ridiculous, you couldn’t take money from good teachers to upskill the bad. it’s not their responsibility, that’s up to principals or the ministry.
But Labour plans to take money from all irrigators and use some to bring poor performers up to standard even though regional councils already have the powers to make them comply.
And what about the teachers who are already doing everything they should, and spending their own money on further education. You can’t expect them to pay for those who don’t.
That’s exactly what Labour’s water tax would do. It would take money from irrigators who have spent and still are spending their own money to bring those who haven’t and aren’t up to scratch.
But what if the school doesn’t have a problem with pupils not achieving, what if it and it’s teachers are already doing everything they can for all their pupils?
The money could go to schools where there are problems.
But that’s not fair, you can’t tax teachers at one school and use the money to deal with problems at another.
That’s exactly the way the water tax would work. It would take money from the good in one place and use it to deal with problems in another.
But what if teacher standards aren’t the problem anyway? You can’t tax them for something over which they have no control.
That’s exactly how the water tax would work. It would take the money even if the problem with water quality was due to bird life, storm water or sewerage and nothing at all to do with irrigating or even farming.
And what exactly would the money be used for, how would it make a difference? You have to have a plan first then work out how to pay for it, not take the money and then find ways to spend it.
That’s exactly what’s been suggested for the water tax. Labour has said it would take the money, give some to Iwi, some to regional councils to clean up waterways, but with no plan for how they’d do that, and if any is left over it could be used for roads which are district council responsibilities. All of that’s very vague and nothing they’ve said explains how the money will make a difference to waterways.
Teachers always get the blame but you can’t make them pay because children are behind before they get to school, don’t have basic language, are hungry, have health problems . . .
Just like farmers get the blame for poor water quality when it isn’t them or their farming practices which are the problem.
It would simply be unfair to tax a whole group of professionals, with a vague intention to use the money to solve problems for which most aren’t responsible and over which they have little or no control and no concrete plan over how it could make a difference.