Why the flip-flop from education union heads?

December 28th, 2009 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

In the last couple of months the education unions have been strident against the proposed . However a copy of the May Education Review shows this was not always the case:

Educational Institute President Frances Nelson said she was “particularly optimistic” that the new standards would be useful, as they were based on and improved on a system already in use. Data collected through the tests would help teachers decide what to teach next, help schools plan ahead, and provide parents with better reports on their children’s progress.

“The ministry and minister have worked on something much more robust than anything I have seen in the world at this time,” she said.

So what has happened since May? Did she get Mallarded?

president Ernie Buutveld said the tests essentially reflected existing practice at about half of primary schools, while the remaining schools were probably moving toward similar systems.

Again, what a change of tune.

The reality is that the standards are a relatively modest initiative. They are not one uniform nationwide test. They are not some grade average where 50% must fail. They are simply a statement of the sort of literacy and numeracy tasks you expect a pupil to be able to perform at a certain age, if they are to be on track to leave primary school able to read, write and do basic maths.

4 Responses to “Why the flip-flop from education union heads?”

  1. Michael E (264 comments) says:

    What is really stupid is the Labour Party taking so much action over this by backing the unions – parents overwhelmingly support getting a better idea of their childrens’ progress. Labour are either so out of touch, or are delibrately campaigning to lose in 2011 to jettison the ‘right-wing’ of their caucus.

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  2. JC (1,105 comments) says:

    Whats wrong with teachers setting their own standards and policing themselves?

    Its worked well for the East Anglia CRU and top scientists like Michael Mann.


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  3. Countess (157 comments) says:

    The reason: two little words , Anne Tolley.
    Its National that puts ideology ahead of the best interests of students and teachers.
    DPF can only support the testing by saying resistance is futile and you will be crushed.

    [DPF: Yes it is ideology to support a system where parents are told whether or not their children are achieving basic literacy and numeracy. Good luck in cheerleading Labour as they oppose parents being told this]

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  4. burt (11,791 comments) says:

    Labour lost a large portion of the teachers vote when dim-bulb muppet Cullen raped the country with fiscal drag. Under Cullen the majority of high school teachers classified as rich under his muppet rich threshold required to fund Labour’s binge spending. Labour simply want the teachers vote back and the twats think that is via the unions.

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