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Why are Kiwi Teachers not up in arms?

Education not for saleSeriously, why are there not more protests?  More letters to the editor?  More people shouting from the rooftops about ill-thought-out reforms?

Are teachers just too worn out teaching to get into the battle to save public education?

Is there just so much being thrown at the sector right now that people don’t know what to tackle first?

Is it that people care but haven’t got the oomph?

Or do they just not care?

Are the unions doing enough to talk to us?

Should the unions’ leadership be doing more to lead us?

Maybe many teachers don’t understand what is going on, regarding world-wide education reforms (deforms)?

I really don’t know.

But I do know we have to galvanise and stand up for ourselves before it’s too late.

So what should we do?

if you are not outraged you are not paying attention

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7 thoughts on “Why are Kiwi Teachers not up in arms?

  1. Yes.


    Posted by Cush | March 5, 2014, 10:17 pm
  2. I have lost a lot of confidence in the PPTA over the last few years. At the last pay round they were weak – almost impotent. They effectively recommended that we all take a pay cut (given that the increase suggested was less than inflation). They remain silent on issues around Novopay and Charter schools. Makes me wonder why I pay my union fee.


    Posted by thejournalofeducation | March 6, 2014, 7:29 am
  3. In all seriousness as a teacher and a parent I feel totally overwhelmed and hopeless as it has been one issue after another, I have attended meetings and protests and ranted and raved and nothing seems to change. I have lost confidence in the unions to stand up against the bullying tactics of our current minister and her arrogant cohort.


    Posted by Gill Robertson | March 6, 2014, 8:27 am
    • I have plenty of those days, too, Gill. It’s exhausting, isn’t it? What keeps me going is knowing that if I don’t then the reforms will certainly plough ahead, whereas if I carry on then there is some hope, even if that’s small. Don’t give in. Rest, regroup, and then come back blazing. Kia kaha and thank you. ~ Dianne


      Posted by Dianne - SaveOurSchoolsNZ | March 6, 2014, 11:51 am
  4. I read the education section of which publishes all education news releases. The unions and professional groups are putting out lots of media releases but it just doesn’t get into the mainstream press or only the most jumbled bits of it and there is a tone of “the union don’t want it because they only care about having it easy”. Also a lot of “conversational” news happens on radio during the school day so that teachers probably miss hearing it and being involved in it.

    Unfortunately, the mainstream media has been captured by those people who want these reforms because they are making or will make money out of it. Publication and Media companies are making a/will be making a huge killing in the US providing testing and curriculum materials for their new common core standards and huge databases to collect up the results and mine for profit.

    I’m a parent and the teachers I know work themselves into the ground teaching, then they have family to look after and so activism – and even finding out about what is going on – has to come last. From my observation, teachers are generally good people so in the first instance they think that GERM is misguided rather than malicious and so they think it will sort itself out in time as people see it fall over. Unfortunately, in the States anyway, there are some powerful people with time on their hands and lots of money to spend who are intent on making this happen e.g. Bill and Melinda Gates through their charity foundations.


    Posted by mpledger | March 6, 2014, 12:16 pm


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