So, National Party Leader Simon Bridges says that school principals must be listened to? Obviously he has forgotten the disgraceful approach of his party when they drove through the introduction of National Standards.
School principals and teachers were supported by many leading academics in condemning the rushed and flawed process used to develop the Standards in 2009. The Ministry of Education used external contractors to write the Standards and they worked in secrecy, with no meaningful input from school leaders and teachers.
In November 2009, Four academics wrote an open letter to Anne Tolley to stress their view that the new system was seriously flawed and would not achieve its intended goals.
But did John Key listen?
Even a 38,000 signature to Parliament did not cause the National Party’s collective ears to twitch, and deafly they drove on to implement a system that the vast majority of primary school educators never supported.
Perhaps Mt Bridges can be allowed some slack, as he was a new boy in 2009? Maybe he just didn’t pay active attention? After all, the entire National Caucus was hearing impaired that term.