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Whangaruru the first example of failed ACT Party education ideology

The closure of the charter school based at Whangaruru is an indictment of the charter school model and not a strength as David Seymour wrongly claims.

The first round charter schools were hand-picked by the Government and the Authorisation Board, headed by Seymour’s political ally, Catherine Isaac.

The Minister comments loosely on matters such as “inadequate curriculum leadership” but where was the advice she should have received from Catherine Isaac on whether it was feasible to put the Trustees’ “vision” into practice?

One can sympathise to some extent with the challenges the original Trustees faced in trying to establish the school in such a short time period.

But it is a failing of both the ideology behind the model and the politicised authorisation process that these challenges were not considered more seriously and evaluated properly.

Secondary schools need to be of some significant size before they can offer a broad curriculum and give students the full range of opportunities they need in the modern world.

According to the Ministry of Education’s database, only one Whangaruru school leaver (out of 15) gained NCEA Level 2 in 2014.  But information obtained from NZQA reveals that a good deal of the NCEA credits gained by students in 2014 came from Fencing and Possum Trapping.

The reality of what has happened at Whangaruru stands in stark contrast to the grand statements promoting the charter school model made by Authorisation Board member Sir Toby Curtis:

“We do not want to see our children fobbed off with “soft” subjects and meaningless qualifications that take them nowhere. They need the chance to succeed in subjects such as maths, science and technology, as well as languages, the arts and trades.”

Sir Toby gets our vote for Tui billboard of the year.

– Bill Courtney, Save Our Schools NZ

Related articles:

https://saveourschoolsnz.com/2015/02/25/excerpts-from-the-damning-ero-report-on-nzs-northland-charter-school/

https://saveourschoolsnz.com/2015/02/01/terrible-school-its-okay-just-go-for-a-rebrand/

https://saveourschoolsnz.com/2014/11/21/charter-schools-the-shroud-of-secrecy-continues/

Video: https://saveourschoolsnz.com/the-worst-possible-model-how-charter-schools-have-been-introduced-in-new-zealand/

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One thought on “Whangaruru the first example of failed ACT Party education ideology

  1. Just one criticism here, Bill. This is not ACT’s ideology – it is neo-Liberal ideology, shared by the Nats. They have strongly promoted Charter schools – they just didn’t have the balls to put what would be political dynamite in their manifesto but preferred to ride on the ACT coat-tails to give Seymour something to do and to have an Aunt Sally if (when!) the whole damned thing went pear shaped.
    Roy

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    Posted by Roy | December 16, 2015, 5:28 pm

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