I was part way through a second posting alert about NZEI betrayal over CoLs and I said there was something sinister about NZEI and its behaviour generally. Then the computer madness struck.
The following is written hastily and in a far from tranquil mood:
NZEI is now modelled in structure and behaviour on the ministry
When a teacher organisation goes rogue, it is doubly destructive because changes brought in by the government are not searchingly challenged, and teachers are left feeling unrepresented, without a voice, helpless
NZEI in its structure is near untouchable
It ruthlessly cracks down on opposing views
The propaganda in favour of its head office-type policies is unceasing
It acts arrogantly in elections
The mysterious Frances Guy affair
A secretary who is extremely powerful
A clean out of permanent staff of those opposed to NZEI’s directions
Lost touch with the curriculum – the real curriculum
And now we have the fiasco of digital learning
NZEI failed to oppose Tomorrow’s Schools and look where we are
In international tests at the bottom of the Western world
And those tests are what Tomorrow’s Schools are all about
Goodness knows where we are in cognitive and aesthetic learning
The introduction of computers has led to a further fall in learning
The digital has a place but not where it is has been put now – at the centre of everything
The computer people promised it would be a tool, but now it is the purpose
We lost hundreds of wonderful junior school teachers in the past because of pressure for the digital – a further contribution to the decline in results
You promised it would be a tool, and now it isn’t
I listened, heard, and read everything to do with the launch of the digital to be at the centre of everything – and there was not one opposing voice from academia, politicians, or NZEI
In fact, NZEI was all over it, the main cheer leader, in fact
NZEI knew this was coming, did it organise for meetings from within schools, local areas, districts, then Wellington?
Now let’s get this straight, the policy is education madness
After years of propaganda talking away the madness, as happened with Tomorrow’s Schools, there will be a reluctant admission by NZEI that it got it wrong, but what help to all those children who were lost
Another generation of education decline
Why should all learning be harmed to help computer learning?
Computers are going to colonise the curriculum and exploit it
Another generation of wonderful teachers are going to be driven out
Driven out because NZEI thinks it knows better than teachers
And yes, that derisive expression ‘early adopter’ is being used to shame those who favour a holistic curriculum
Why should those insightful enough not to be future-panicked be bullied in this way?
Have we gone mad?
How should a curriculum change be made?
First, discussions in Wellington with leading computer people and leading curriculum people both from schools and from academia – NZEI ensuring a genuine cross-section
Then the lengthy discussions around the country
Workshops, the whole curriculum change process
Where was the New Zealand curriculum process?
In such a process, computers would be made to justify its place, and put in its place
Can’t you see you NZEI, a curriculum is a curriculum, it is already there, it has goals and aims, and now it will be gone, it will be something else
NZEI you have behaved like a bunch of bandits.