A very quick posting. Pretty trivial I suppose but a punch message coming up for Tom Parsons of SPANZ and the PPTA executive.
- Congratulations and thank-you to the NZEI, and my admiration to principals for staying on course despite various distractions (you know who I mean – but even that distraction has righted itself – so hooray).
Now to Tom Parsons and the PPTA executive.
2. Tom Parsons, president of the Secondary Principals Association, is a strange one. There is something oleaginous in his relationship with the government, a complete suspension of individual will. Does he have a military background or something? His loyalty to the National Government is unhealthily submissive. If education benefited from mindless loyalty, Tom Parsons’ approach would be wildly successful.
There he was on national radio being interviewed by Guyon Espiner, accusing NZEI, principals, and teachers as being political for opposing the IES – what a cheek. It is Parsons who has been political. And what was his big message: $10, 000 of the executive principals’ pay is to be redistributed amongst the cluster. Money – how inspiring, but oh so typical. Might be a good school manager but what a clod educationally.
We don’t want secondary pushing us around thank-you very much. We’ve had enough quite enough of that over the last 25 years.
3. Now for the PPTA executive – this group, as I wrote in an earlier posting has betrayed primary, I think it is betraying its own members too.
As national executives can, as we have seen, they start to identify with their own Wellington kind, including the government Wellington kind – it can be all very cushy and heady – mixing with the powerful. As well, the members out there, in the provinces, complain a lot, are very demanding. The siren call from the centre for the weak of principle can be seductive.
And the point I want to make: I have asked secondary teachers in a number of schools to investigate whether their fellow teachers will vote for the IES when the opportunity to vote is finally provided, and the answer is a resounding no.
Come on PPTA executive, stop dithering, putting forward your clever dick arguments, bring it on – how about a little democracy – bring it on now, let your people vote.