Dear NZEI teachers and principals of New Zealand
The NZEI national executive said they unanimously agreed that the ‘ministry offer was the best they could achieve in the circumstances’ and they encouraged you to accept it at Paid Union Meetings in September.
The executive went on to say that members have consistently asked: is the policy good for learners? How can teachers influence the move towards Communities ensuring they are genuinely responsive to learners’ needs and support quality learning?
The executive said they saw great examples of successful collaboration around the country.
The executive is talking rubbish and has become the purveyor of ministry-type propaganda.
Hear no wrongness, see no wrongness, hear no wrongness.
The Community of Learning sounds like something out of 1984, and with good reason: it is a corruption of language masking a corruption of behaviour.
This is a sad moment in the history of the NZEI; I believe its very future hangs in the balance.
The Community of Learning is an administrative change, as was Tomorrow’s Schools, and will do nothing for children’s learning, except some harm.
The Community of Learning is really Community for Control. The groups of schools will only have freedom consistent with government policy administered by the ministry and the education review office.
The executive should have asked: what is it that would improve learning? Two important responses would be: teachers sharing in all parts of education policy from formation to implementation; and schools and teachers having freedom to organise and teach differently within broad aims.
The government-enforced teacher groupings controlled by the bureaucracies are taking schools in a diametrically different direction.
The government-enforced groupings are another bureaucratic layer.
Does the executive really think the ministry and education review office are going to change their spots? Have they gone mad?
I’m out there fighting for justice for teachers, and they are doing cosy deals with the government.
Convincing teachers and schools of the efficacy of a policy is the government’s task, not theirs.
For the executive’s sake, the membership had better vote against the government-enforced groupings, because if it goes through, the resignations will shake the foundations of a once proud organisation.
When it comes to children, the best in the circumstances is not pragmatism it is submission.
I urge NZEI members to vote NO to more ministry and review office control.
If the government legislates compulsory, that is what governments do, but if we say NO, we will be there for children, that is what primary teachers do, New Zealand primary teachers.