The dementor is in full swing, fairly skipping up the path of global education reform (GERM) throwing rose petals and blank cheques in her path, just behind her good pals George Bush, Michael Gove, Arne Duncan, Tony Blair and the other GERMers determined to leave our kids’ education to the whims of the market place.
Ooh I bet they are having one heck of a party!
Good job, too. I’m so very glad they are selling it all off. Schools schmools.
I mean, the free market has worked so very well in all other aspects of our lives, hasn’t it, with reasonable power prices, good telecoms services, stable housing market, no Wall Street crashes that rock the entire world markets.
Oh wait. I’m making a Hekia style faux pas here, aren’t I? A blunder, if you will.
Because privatisation does not necessarily improve services. In fact it can make them worse. And more costly. Much more costly.
Which is all a bit of a concern for me, because I like to know my tax dollars are being stent wisely, not just ferreted off into a poorly performing private sector company that doesn’t match what the public sector was doing in the first place.
I’m picky like that,
It’s not just me, though – even the Treasury has pointed out that private companies don’t do better than public ones – even if they are perceived to because they cherry pick their ‘clients’:
In fact public schools beat private ones hands down, despite having to cater for all students of all abilities, backgrounds, behaviours, and so on. Wow. Maybe we shouldn’t privatise all the things after all.
Maybe I should also go read what Allan has to say on the matter, since he has been at the sticky end of education for more years than I. He’s not teaching any more, so he has no vested interest whatsoever in how it all pans out. Let’s see what he says…
“As I’ve been saying for several years, National’s education policies have nothing to do with education, regardless of their spin about ‘raising achievement’ for all. This will come as no surprise to ‘thinking’ people but man, there are many out there who are still unable to open their eyes to the reality.
This includes far too many principals who damn well should know better.
Warning people – National and its cronies are set on a path to destroy New Zealand’s public education at all levels. The privatisation process is on full speed ahead. We have six months to stop it.”
Jeepers, he is rather concerned, and he has found a number of others thinking the same way…
I think I had best go and read the full thing. Bear with…
Okay, I’m back. So … maybe…. mayyyyybe…. just a thought, but maybe there are lots of folk out there that want to support and improve our public schools rather than cripple them and sell them off?
Like, off the top of my head, all those parents whose children will be at the mercy of this shackled and broken system, taught by a demoralised profession forced to focus only on test scores in maths and English.
And maybe the old who, when those kids are grown up, have to live in a world now run by them, at the mercy of the economy they create with their great test-taking skills (and high depression rate). Maybe they’d prefer well-rounded and well-educated people in charge instead?
Because, y’know, there could also be artists and dentists and musicians and physicists and counsellors and gardeners and dancers and doctors and hairdressers and chefs and inventors and, well to be honest, every single person in every single job and in every part of their lives needs more than to just be good at reading, writing and maths. Those things are great – essential – but they are not everything.
So, I think maybe I will stick with supporting public schools to remain just that – public.
For the good of everyone.