History repeats itself.
Tomorrow’s Schools were about primary schools; secondary schools were left virtually untouched.
The current PPTA leader says: We have to look after our members; follow the members’ wishes. But I think dear leader they are being hurried along by your wishes.
What the leader doesn’t say, but is implied: ‘And to hell with the consequences for primary schools.’
You are trying to pull a fast one.
The PPTA is working collaboratively with the ministry to fast-track the policy.
Apparently, secondary school teachers as parents or grandparents have no concern for the welfare of their children at primary school; no morality beyond their pay packet; no loyalty to the social fabric of their country.
In primary schools we are one step away from the slippery slope of the worst excesses of American education, but from PPTA – we’re all right Jack.
Angela, if you want a better career path for secondary teachers, bloody well achieve it on your own account, not at the expense of primary school children and their teachers.
The PPTA is working desperately hard to establish clusters and the new roles. It knows the new roles will do very little to improve secondary education – but it is the money, you see.
The PPTA’s communications to its members are pathetic – biased, narrow, Ayn Rand.
The concern for PPTA is that primary opposition to the clusters will become public – hence the ministry’s determined efforts to keep stalling NZPF’s decision making.
The ministry, of course, couldn’t care less about secondary schools and clusters, its overwhelming concern is to corral primary schools to shut them up and progressively privatise them.
Picking off one group of people, at the expense of another, is classic behaviour of authoritarian governments.
Can I mention children, PPTA?
The following is a letter I received yesterday in response to my posting about the cluster policy:
‘Each term we have what we call a liaison meeting, which includes our school Management Team, reps from Special Ed, RTLB, CYFs and a Hospital Social Worker. We compile a list of our kids who are at risk for learning, behaviour, social, emotional, medical issues. We look at who we can try and get on help to support them and so on … Before we had our last meeting I had a quick tally up and it showed the number on the list was 40% of our roll. All of these children face complex issues, difficulties learning, dysfunctional homes, violence, and sexual abuse to name a few. Pastoral care is a huge part of our school’s culture. To teach here is not for the faint hearted and I am so proud of what our teachers do over and above their daily curriculum delivery to improve the lot of many of our young charges.’
Primary schools need money to attend to these matters; close up stuff – they don’t need a managerialist organisational change, a new layer of bureaucracy, and a huge diversion of time and resources to the stupid games PPTA careerists and bureaucrats play.
They don’t need to be sat on by some government appointed local representative.
Primary schools are being kicked around by ideologues, bureaucrats, and a government with far right agenda, much of it hidden, and now the PPTA has joined in.
Primary school teachers and principals of New Zealand unite.
Unite against an authoritarian set of policies that will harm children – and for a set of policies developed by you that actually works for children.
We must unite now or be smashed.