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HEADDESK: The queen of misinformation is at it again

Like a dog with a bone, Hekia is at it again:

Ms Parata said socio-economic status or decile was “not destiny”. There were many examples of schools and students from low-decile areas achieving strong results. (1)

“Educationally, the evidence is that students can make good progress based on the quality of teaching they get, not on their socio-economic background.” (1)

Yes, Mrs Parata, some do achieve well despite their socio-economic background, but many more don’t.  Why are you not addressing that issue?

headdeskI get that some teachers are better than others, that some schools are better than others, but it is galling that this government keep making out like poverty has no part in student achievement and opportunity.

To refuse to consider that part of the problem is that schools are not funded equally.  To deny that students’ home lives have a huge influence on their education.

Nope, again Hekia trots out a platitude or two that shore up the belief that we need do nothing to rectify the poverty of our people and, for bonus points, blames any problem on teachers.

Funny how she’s never so quick to thank teachers for helping our students become amongst the best readers in the world, the best mathematicians in the world, and the best scientists in the world. (2)

It’s hogwash and gets us nowhere.

And it’s shameful for a Minister to act this way.

Sources and further reading:
(1)  Schools divided along wealth lines, By Nicholas Jones, The New Zealand Herald, retrieved 11.23AM Tuesday Jul 9, 2013


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One thought on “HEADDESK: The queen of misinformation is at it again

  1. Well put together.
    Awesome and definitive. It has taken so long for this info to rise to the top. The question is why don’t the journalists challenge Parata’s assertions? Are they so useless that they can’t check the facts out?
    Also I am convinced that we make a mistake by talking about ‘poverty’ partly because Parata came from ‘poverty’ – so did Key (or he claims). However they did not come from impoverished homes. Clearly they came from homes that placed a value on education, work ethic etc. The homes that are impoverished may be as poor financially, but they are infinitely poorer if they lack those constructive, pro-social attitudes and values.


    Posted by Kelvin Woodley | July 10, 2013, 6:43 pm

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