Charter schools are …

Charter schools are …

A platform for demonising public schools

An idea by the privileged and powerful to protect their privilege and power

An idea advanced by the privileged and powerful to avoid genuine social, political, and economic change

An idea to suggest something is being done for education when it isn’t

An idea that consolidates the divide between the rich and poor

A cynical idea that, like national standards, is being proposed as a solution to unemployment and poverty

An idea that was riven with deceit from its beginning: it is not an idea from Act, it is an idea from National; it is justified on a false application of education statistics; it was not produced for mandate at the election; it is not about choice but imposition; it is not about choice for parents but a Trojan Horse for corporate authoritarianism, the market, and privatising of education

An idea to clear the way for moneymen and -women to profit from education

An idea to clear the way for education to become a product devised and controlled by international corporations

An idea to reduce the quality and cost (to the government) of public education

An idea to reduce education to the measurable to control it

An idea to reduce education to a form that allows it to be understood by those who control it

An idea to reduce the richness and success of public education

An idea to make public education unattractive  

An idea to remove the parental voice from education, replacing it with the corporate

An idea for education introduced by those who would never contemplate it for their own children

A model for public education that in content, process, and organisation will make education a vehicle for corporate authoritarianism

A model for public education that in content, process, and organisation will industrialise education

An idea for education that expresses a view of the future held by the privileged and powerful

In idea to provide a second-rate education for the poor in the guise of aiding them

An idea for education in the name of choice that will reduce the choices of some and increase those of others (to private education)

An idea that sees the government providing choice for some (to private education) at the expense of others (in public education)

An idea that sees the government setting up education so that self-interest exercised by some parents is encouraged at the expense of the interests of others

An idea for education that sets up schools to reshape education to neoliberal values

An idea for education that sets up schools free from official and parental scrutiny:

  • Free from scrutiny to fake results
  • Free from scrutiny to control who attends 
  • Free from scrutiny to deliver learning in ways that will do long-term harm
  • Free from scrutiny of actions contrary to democratic principles

An idea that is political not educational

An idea of schooling that, if imaginarily expanded to a system, has its absurdity exposed:

  • No agreed curriculum
  • No commitment to social or democratic ideals
  • No detailing of subjects
  • No commitment to trained teachers
  • No oversight of methods
  • No oversight of results
  • No representation for ‘teachers’
  • No protection for children or teachers from inhumane or officious treatment
  • No protection of conditions of service for teachers
  • No parental involvement
  • No official oversight
  • An apparent expectation for learning by drilling 
  • An apparent expectation for a narrow version of the basics
  • Ownership by groups and businesses for profit
  • An ability for school owners to wind up schools, and sell the assets
  • Children being funded at three times the present rate for those in public education

An idea proposed as education for the 21st century for some

An idea which continues the drive for a low aspirational education for the poor and eventually to all children who attend public schools

An idea, in other words, for a back to the basics education for all public school children

An idea for a low aspirational education that results in the basics being acted on as if mutually exclusive from the key education process of flexible thinking

An embedded fantasy of the privileged and powerful to make society docile and unquestioning

An idea which takes money from the severely underfunded public schools ($2000.00 less than the OECD average) and gives that money to privately owned schools for profit

An idea to hand the ideology of schooling to corporates, think tanks, and schools beyond New Zealand

An idea that will divide Maori and Pasifika educators when, in the interests of all children, they need each other

An idea to divide Maori and Pasifika from pakeha by blaming educational performance of Maori and Pasifika children on public schools and not on politically-engendered poverty 

An idea that will take a few Maori and Pasifika children from public schools, in the process, propagandise and scapegoat public schools, leaving the huge majority of Maori and Pasifika children worse off in damaged and underfunded public schools

An idea that, in some cases, will take Maori and Pasifika children from neighbourhood schools, retain those they want, leaving the unwanted to return to the local neighbourhood school

An idea that will have existing neighbourhood schools competing with lavishly endowed charter schools – representing an inefficient use of financial resources

An idea that will see schools set up in some cases as an expression of individual ego (mainly male) and a quest for power

An idea that, through so-called performance pay, will commodify the crucial relationship between teacher and child, casting a shadow over teacher motivation and leading to low aspirational learning 

An idea that will bring market values into school organisation (without scrutiny or protections)

An idea that will propagandise the American model but really be down-market Kiwi

An idea that will make only rudimentary attempts to serve and retain true Decile 1 children

An idea that in its first expression, will be represented by a few small schools organised to take advantage of the lavish setting-up money, the very low teacher-student ratio, compliant bureaucracies, and an open-slather testing environment particularly at lower secondary level (NCEA Level 1 and 2 using internal marking) – and from there to be a platform for undermining the work of public schools.

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One Response to Charter schools are …

  1. catharina says:

    Interesting how Julian Robertson’s son, who runs a charter school in NY, interacts with the state run school in the same building…

    Also, the probable agenda for bringing in unqualified staff…

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