Is this what we have come to? In 2013 people worldwide are fighting to claim back a child’s right to a decent education.
Big business has taken over.
They saw dollar signs and little by little snuck in, a charter schools here, standardised testing there, rigid curricula and resource requirements forcing schools to buy only from certain companies.
And before you know it schools are about making money for corporations, not about a well-rounded and proper education for our children.
America has seen the worst, with 20 years or more of this.
If we want to stop this taking hold in New Zealand, if we want to prevent this disaster down the (short) road, then we all need to speak up now.
We want to improve out schools by making them better for our kids, not by making them into businesses for the few.
Parents – Students – Teachers – Time to start speaking up.
The Parents, The Politician and the Carpetbagger is a short film that follows parents and teachers from Downhills School, England as they try to stop Education secretary, Michael Gove, forcing their school to become part of the Harris academy chain. The parents, teachers and community fight to prevent it happening. Watch it now.
The film challenges Department of Education claims that academies out perform non-academies, which they don’t.
It reveals how local authorities are being bullied into serving up schools for forced academisation, just to keep the Minister sweet.
How they were made to sound like raving Communists.
How they were inspected and found to have good teachers and governance and be improving – then at the behest of Gove they were suddenly re-inspected and found to be failing in all areas.
It shows who is set to profit from the privitisation of schools.
This is a must watch for anyone wanting to know what New Zealand is letting itself in for.