Charter schools are privately run, publicly funded, and irregularly regulated.
John Oliver explores why they aren’t at all like pizzerias.
NZ, don’t say you haven’t been warned. We’re already seeing some of this here, and we only have NINE!
Sometimes – often – a child will say something so perfectly that you wonder why adults, on the whole, don’t get it. This is one of those times.
Royce Mann, 8th grader from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, wrote and performed this slam poem as part of a school competition.
“Dear women, I’m sorry.
Dear black people, I’m sorry.
Dear Asian-Americans, dear Native Americans, dear immigrants who came here seeking a better life, I’m sorry.
Dear everyone who isn’t a middle or upper-class white boy, I’m sorry.
I have started life on the top of the ladder while you were born on the first rung.”
Royce, quite rightly, took first place.
Ka pai, Royce – go change the world one poem at a time.
Ka pai, Royce’s teachers, for having a class on race and gender and helping people understand the issues here.
You all give me hope.
Jamie Banks is half white. Or is he? What does it even mean?
Here, in a fabulously funny and thought-provoking speech, and through a reflection on his own personal journey, Jamie reflects on what it means to be white, half white, not white, and how our view of ourselves influences how we view others.
Truly worth watching and thinking about.
If you want to speak to Jamie about his speech or teaching, he can be reached here.
Ka pai, Jamie – love your work.
Jamie Banks is an author, actor, rapper, performance poet and teacher, who has been campaigning since 2008 to get Emotional Intelligence (and now also Financial and Business Literacy) formally introduced into the curriculum.
Professional page: https://www.facebook.com/Banksta.Rapper/?fref=ts
Emotional Intelligence in NZ Schools: https://www.facebook.com/Emotional-Intelligence-in-NZ-Schools-467013176736336/?fref=ts
Business Literacy in Schools: https://www.facebook.com/Business.Literacy.in.NZ.Schools/?fref=ts
UK Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan and the panelists respond to the question, “Is it appropriate to test 4-year-olds in school?” The quality of responses is high, and it provides a lot of food for thought.
It is worth Kiwis watching the video and considering that this is the path our Minister would like to take us down and is in fact already embedding with National Standards. It starts with in-class testing and overall Teacher judgements (OTJs) and slowly moves to standardised tests and league tables. This is why the NZEI fights so hard on behalf of teachers and parents to resist standardised tests and the like. The push towards more testing, more data, more league tables is relentless, and holding it back is a constant and very real job.
Just because education policy is even more bizarre and broken elsewhere, please don’t be complacent, NZ.
Now I reckon you should make a cuppa, get a bickie or three, and watch the video. It’s well worth it.
Associate Professor Peter O’Connor takes another look at NZ charter schools 3 years after they were first announced.
Here, he discusses the model, funding, conflicting messages from government, the way charter schools are being rolled out into high growth areas in place of state schools, and more.
The video’s well worth watching. It’s also worth sharing in staff or union meetings for discussion.
Charter schools do not make a difference across the system. It is a failed model.
Peter’s first video about charter schools is here, and if you haven’t seen it is also well worth watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9XNG-S7uFQ&feature=youtu.be
Make a cuppa, grab a couple of bikkies, and take the time to watch this video before you choose where to put your vote on September 20th.
“The Wellington region of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) invited the main political parties’ education spokespeople to deliver their views to a live audience.
Here is the video clip of the well attended event.”
There’s barely a day when more revelations don’t come out of charter schools being investigated, and not a month goes by without fraud being mentioned, and yet New Zealand’s Education Minister is still touting them as a good way forward. It really does beggar belief.
In the USA this week: “The Ohio Board of Education ordered an immediate investigation of a chain of 19 charter schools in the state today after hearing allegations of test cheating, attendance tampering, sexual misconduct and other misdeeds.
Former teachers from the Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School in Dayton testified at the board’s monthly meeting in Columbus about years of misconduct. Some said they had been afraid to come forward before finding new jobs.”
““I know of one student who failed the 7th grade and then had to repeat the year with the agreement with (an administrator) that she would be promoted to the 9th grade if she passed 7th grade during the second attempt. She indeed completely skipped 8th grade and all associated curriculum,” [testifying teacher] Kochensparger said.” Source
England’s Academies and Free schools are faring no better, again with revelations of shenanigans week on week.
This week’s bombshell is that the former Education Secretary, Michael Gove’s favourite Academy chain run by Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation Trust, is in the middle of a £2m (~$4m NZ) fraud investigation.
The Guardian reports “The alleged fraud, which comes after Haberdashers’ Knights Academy was judged by Ofsted in November to have “serious weaknesses”, is likely to raise questions about the freedom given to academies. ”
So, both fraudulent and not providing a good education. Marvellous. I can see how that’s likely to raise standards and give children better opportunities.
Okay, so given that they don’t perform any better than the original systems they replaced AND they are a breeding ground fraud and other goings on, why do politicians still forge ahead with them? Here Mark Naison explains why charters are so popular with certain groups. It’s a short but rather good overview and well worth watching:
It seems to me that in the mark of the new millennium is that anything is okay if it makes someone money.
As Diane Ravitch said: “Sometimes it is hard to believe that anyone cares anymore about old-fashioned things like integrity, honesty, accountability, and transparency…”
In this video, Liz Horgan, Principal, discusses the Investing in Educational Success (IES) plan. She notes that the policy seems to be more about electioneering than about sound plans for education, and she outlines the key widespread concerns
Video taken by Thomas Stokell at the QPEC (Quality Public Education Coalition) Annual Forum, April 2014.
When John Key announced the Investing in Educational Success (IES) plans to spend $359 Million creating new teaching and principal roles, the education sector was cautiously hopeful. More investment is needed in so many areas, so teachers, principals and parents waited with bated breath. Sadly, the announcement left many underwhelmed, and this is why…
The Government plans to invest $359 million over four years in a highly paid cadre of new management roles in schools.
Change principals will be paid $50,000 a year to turn around “failing” schools.
Executive principals will oversee 10 schools and get paid an extra $40,000 a year.
Expert teachers will also work across schools and get $20,000 extra a year.
Lead teachers will work within their own school and be paid an additional $10,000.On this page are materials to support your discussions about the Government’s “Investing in Educational Success” initiative with colleagues, parents and Boards
There are concerns about consultation, as the announcement was made without any discussion with the education sector about where best to spend the money. Consultation after the fact has also left many uneasy as to whether it is genuine or for show only, a criticism that some feel is harsh but others feel is justified after so many sham consultations by the ministry of late.
Many parents, teachers and academics feel the IES plan is money being spent unwisely that could have a far greater positive impact on students’ education if spent elsewhere. There is no research to say this type of intervention will improve student outcomes – and conversely there is research that shows other initiatives would help significantly. In essence, adding more management is not going to help.
A parent-led petition is underway, that 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?”
The video below is an introduction to the Government’s planned new teacher and principal roles – Investing in Educational Success (IES). It explains how IES fits within the wider reforms and what it might mean for children, teachers and schools, and people outline what their questions and concerns are.
teachers, what do you think about IES? Do you think the original plan was good or not? Do you think government will change the plan after consultation with the education sector? Parents, how do you feel about it – do you understand the plans, and do you support them or not? I’d be very interested to know.
STANDARDIZED Lies, Money, & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education.
This documentary focuses on the proliferation, business,and inadequacies of state-mandated testing in our public schools.
It focuses on America but is every bit as pertinent to what is happening in New Zealand; we may not be as far down the track as the USA , but we are on the same path.
Whenever a new education policy is announced, I would ask you to come back to this: follow the money.
Who stands to benefit? Because with testing now a multi TRILLION $$$ industry worldwide, you can bet your bottom dollar it isn’t students or parents that are the main concern.
The doco will be out later in the year, but here is a sneak peek.
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
by Alison K
and What Teacher Make, by Taylor Mali (Badass ex Teacher)
Add your poems to the comments below…
Now go, create.
We’ve got to feed these kids.
Give them food so they can learn and know that they live in a society that care.
Break the cycle.
(Narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers.)
An 8 minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality.
Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes any more.
They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure.
This land bears a startling resemblance to our land.
For more info, http://www.cft.org.
© 2012 California Federation of Teachers
dedicated to my friend Nikki and her kids
Why is the term ‘childish’ used as an insult? Don’t the adults cause all the harm?
Don’t kids do the dreaming, have the magical ideas, insist we consider the utopian world? And isn’t that a good thing?
This young lady is astounding and amazing, and her talk will blow you away.
Trust me it is a few minutes of your life very well spent, especially if you work with or have children.
It’s been a hard time for teachers of late – so I thought for once we could do with a laugh (and one that doesn’t involve mocking politicians)
So here you go
The more you watch, the funnier it gets.