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Petition: Have your say before New Zealand’s education system changes

A petition has been started protesting the government’s fast-tracking of a policy that will see $359 million spent on changing the management structure of our education system in New Zealand without proper sector and parent consultation.

The petition is not an SOSNZ initiative, but I fully support it.

sign the petition

The petition says:

The Government is fast-tracking an initiative that will see $359 million spent on changing the management structure of our education system in New Zealand.

It goes on:

It would be a shame if this was lost because of an initiative that is pushed through without prior consultation with those who will be directly affected.

It asks:

Why not consult teachers and principals who know what is most needed to support children’s learning, as to what they believe will be the best use of this money?

Why is the voice of parents and Boards of Trustees not being heard about what their schools need to ensure all children get a chance to succeed?

It quotes a letter from four NZ principals, that was shared on SOSNZ:

“While acknowledging the commitment in making New Zealand’s education system second to none, pumping $359 million into schools without transparency and meaningful engagement with the sector is throwing the money away. We urgently ask that the government first lift its constraints already placed around the funding and secondly, consider without prejudice, the overwhelming evidence around what can best be done to support our children and ultimately our society as a whole…

Rather than inject a large single resource at the top via salaries, we say give the money to the kids as early as possible in a real effort to effect long term change that will benefit children, families, and society as a whole.”  (whole letter here)

It says:

Your signature is valued and much appreciated to raise our voice, so that we can have a say in how our schools are managed.

You can read the whole petition here, and sign if you agree.

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You want to speak out but don’t know how? Look no further.

don't just st thereClick here if you want to write to a New Zealand newspaper.  

The site allows you to input your letter and details, tick the newspaper you want, and hit send.  Easy.

 

let your voice be heardClick here if you want to email an MP, a Minister, or the PM.  

The page allows you to search for MPs by party and name, and is easy to use.

 

Top Tips:

– type your letter in a word processor, spell checker it, proof read a final time and then paste the text of your letter back over to the web page ready to send.  (The web page doesn’t spell check your letter.)

– if you want to write to more than one newspaper and stand a good chance of being published, bear in mind that newspapers usually want exclusive letters (i.e. not the same letter sent to multiple newspapers).  It pays to rewrite/re-edit your letter for each newspaper, so that you have more chance of them being published.

– speak to the issues not about the people involved.

Also, you may wish to:

– Share this page and encourage others to do their bit.  No matter where you are in the debate, all voices are essential for a healthy discussion.

– Share your letter with others to inspire them

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Thank you for doing your bit.  Every voice counts.

Oh, and one more thing, please be sure to…

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Education Reform Poetry Slam

quillOkay guys, here’s a fun challenge:  

Write a haiku or other style of poem to reflect your views on education reforms in NZ or globally.

Share them below in the comments or email them to me at SOSNZmail@gmail.com

If you are feeling super creative, feel free to make a video of you performing your piece, and I will upload them.

7.7.13 STOP PRESS UPDATE:  There are some great poems already entered – see them in the comments below – and don’t miss the SUPERB entry by Mr Boon.

Here are two  crackers to get you started…

Hekia, so smug
You have no understanding
Of education.

by Alison K

and What Teacher Make, by Taylor Mali (Badass ex Teacher)

Add your poems to the comments below…

Now go, create.

~ Dianne

A teacher begs you “Please, educate yourself – have a voice.”

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I am your child’s teacher.  My role as educator extends far beyond the walls of my classroom.  It is my profession, what I practice.  

……

I ask you this:

My life’s work.  The countless hours I spend with your child presenting new material, creating on-going formative assessments that are authentic and based on your student’s individual needs at a given moment in time, the active learning and knowledge-construction happening in my classroom on a daily basis, the time I spend creating lessons which require students to build upon and re-evaluate prior knowledge and the work that reflects the relationship that I have worked diligently to foster with your student:  is it worth putting all of this hard-won expertise on the back-burner so that someone can divert money intended for your child?

test paperThe person your child is and how he/she learns and grows cannot be gauged by an answer bubbled onto a sheet of paper.  Your student deserves my full expertise, not a narrowed curriculum and hours devoted to my teaching to the test.  My colleagues and I deserve to be freed from the negative impact that the calculated teacher-bashing and union-bashing is having on our profession…because it is calculated, and by this point I don’t think I need to tell you by whom.

So please, educate yourself.   Have a voice in this issue….

Read the whole shebang here – trust me, you really should – it’s a good ‘un.

or better still, watch the video and hear Christine read her letter…

She says what so many, many of us are thinking.

~Dianne

 

Christchurch rally to show support for public education

Our schoolsNZEI Press release:

Christchurch rally to show support for public education

19 February 2012

4pm at the CBS arena, Jack Hinton Drive, Addington

Christchurch school communities and supporters will gather this afternoon to show support for schools that have been earmarked for closure and merger and to tell the Government that it needs to show more respect for the people of Christchurch.

NZEI National President Judith Nowotarski says educators are very concerned about the pace that the Government wants to impose these changes on Christchurch children and educators.

“We are looking at a much more accelerated process than originally planned. Some schools that had originally been told the changes would take place over four years have now been told that they will be merged by the beginning of next year.

“This is very worrying because it appears the timetable has been set more for political purposes than educational ones.

“Frankly, we have serious doubts about whether the Ministry of Education has the capacity to undertake this process within the proposed timeframe. The Christchurch rebuild has been extremely slow and the experience of other school mergers and closures gives us little confidence.

”We believe there is a very real risk that children’s education will once again be put in jeopardy.”

Ms Nowotarski says the past five months have been extremely difficult for the education community in Christchurch.

“This has been a botched and disrespectful process. The Minister will have to go forward in a much more credible and respectful manner than she has shown in the past.”

Today’s rally will take place at 4 pm at the CBS arena and will be followed by a march to the Ministry of Education offices in Princess St”

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Programme

  • Update about the situation and processes for going forward
  • Vote of no confidence in the Minister – see below
  • March to the Ministry office

Getting There

Please go to www.transportforchch.govt.nz to the latest update on road conditions and access to the CBS Arena. Parking is available.

What to Bring

  • Flags, banners, signs
  • Colleagues
  • Friends and family
  • Anything that makes a noise!

We will be seeking support for the following motion:

  • No schools or communities should ever have to go through the botched and disrespectful process that happened in Christchurch over the past five months.
  • We share the hurt and anger of the schools that have been identified for closure and merger today.
  • Given past experience, the Ministry will need to demonstrate it has the capacity to manage the accelerated timeframe for the merger and closure processes announced.
  • We have no confidence in the Minister of Education’s record to date. We demand that she commit to engagement going forward that is credible and respectful.

If you’re out of Christchurch:

Please support our Christchurch schools by encouraging your school to wear red and black tomorrow and posting photos to the Listen to Christchurch Facebook page.

NZEI’s top priority continues to be to stand up for teachers, support staff and kids in Christchurch and support all schools to remain safe and stable environments where great teaching and learning can continue.

We are committed to ensuring there are fair processes for all school staff through the next stage of the process. We have been listening to all schools in Christchurch and we will be offering a full range of assistance and support to those schools that have been identified for merger or closure. This includes offering schools assistance as they undertake further engagement with their communities about whether to accept or fight the interim decisions.

Today is a day for Christchurch parents, educators and communities to come together and have a voice on the future of learning in our city, culminating in a family friendly, city-wide event at CBS Arena.

All who care about the future of education in Canterbury welcome!

facebook.com/events/351222601657343/

Have a Voice – Protest the Changes

Muttering, yelling, champing at the bit, and screaming at the TV are all well and good, but if you want to have a voice that matters, do something:

Sign the petition to tell John Key that what is being done to our education system is NOT okay

http://www.change.org/petitions/prime-minister-john-key-stop-pretending-that-your-decisions-in-education-are-going-to-help-our-kids

 

Email John Key at Parliament

john.key@parliament.govt.nz

 

Join a social media group to hear what’s going on:

https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurSchoolsNZ

https://www.facebook.com/groups/300794400012511/

Share information with your friends, via Facebook, Twitter, conversations, or whatever.

Make sure people hear what’s going on.

Follow Save Our Schools NZ on WordPress.com

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