Category Archives: Education Review Office

The morning after and personal reflections on resistance (if you will forgive me)

The main instrument governments have used to dismantle public education is the education review office; it is the organisational apotheosis of the coercive neoliberal education ends. If public education is to be freed, given renewed health to pursue democratic and holistic … Continue reading

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On the steps of parliament: protest against ERO

Timed for the opening of parliament 1996: New Zealand First in coalition with National On Wednesday, 11 December, I pointed my car down my driveway in Cambridge, turned right, and right again, and headed south. It was my appreciation that … Continue reading

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The ERO visit and the water play

(Based on a real incident) They’re here. What a sight! Get a grip! Eye of the beholder? But just too much power. Unhealthy. The inhibiting game of second-guessing what the review office wants. Why does it have to be like … Continue reading

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ERO’s RAP: Take my word for it Iona, the indicators are spurious rubbish

The Raising Achievement Plan (RAP) introduced by the education review office is an education obscenity and demands the two teacher organisations work together to support schools that refuse to implement it. The minister has lost control of the teacher organisations … Continue reading

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ERO ‘School Evaluation Indicators’: a tumbling, fractured, tautologous, pretentious assembly

A fantastical set of  ‘School Evaluation Indicators’ were recently published by the education review office; put together by a group of government-aligned academics; and now forming the basis of ERO’s newly developed Raising Achievement Plan (RAP) being imposed on schools. The … Continue reading

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Another ERO horror about to unfold: Part Three – This psychological terror is the stuff of nightmares

The ministry responded to a small but vocal group of right-wing power wielders who were manoeuvring to annihilate the principal of a local state school. Many in this trouble-making group had influential political links and the attitude of mind to … Continue reading

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Another ERO horror about to unfold: Part Two

I’m sometimes asked – sometimes ask myself – why, at my age I’m still threshing away, the answer, I think, I find injustice hurts, in particular, injustice to primary teachers and principals. I haven’t overlooked, however, I might be doing … Continue reading

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