Kiwis are not the protesting type. They like to make the best of things and get on with it rather than create a fuss. Sure there are the few who will camp up and challenge things or whip up a wee placard and have a march, but they are the exception rather than the rule.
So it is all the more poignant that the tide of disquiet about the government’s education policy changes is actually getting bigger and bigger each day and doesn’t look like ebbing away any time soon.
My view is that the class size issue merely acted as a touch-paper, focusing attention on not just that but also on other changes being made in education and caused a BOOM of realisation that some not so savoury things are taking place. Lots of not so savoury things, in fact.
And whilst I have seen some people defending the government’s stance, it really truly has been the exception, with hundreds of people challenging what is happening and only a small handful saying National have got things right. Hmmm, interesting, given that National were voted in by so many people not so long ago…
Could it be that even those that voted for this government are up in arms, too?
What can you do? Go to the page below and sign the petition, or get John Key’s email address and fire off a message to him, or join a social media group to keep up with what is happening.
But whatever you choose to do, and whatever your standpoint, do something – you can keep that tide of disquiet growing.