PPTA introduces apartheid-era type bans

November 15th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Northern Advocate reports:

Northland teachers have been banned by their union from any interaction with charter school staff, in a move a Whangarei charter school chief executive has described as “bully tactics”.

I love how the union dictates to the teachers!

The Post-Primary Teachers Association has instructed members to deny charter school staff and management professional, sporting or cultural interactions or support.

Maybe they could issue yellow stars to the charter school staff so other teachers can cross the road if they see one of them coming?

Raewyn Tipene, the chief executive of the trust establishing Te Kura Hourua ki Whangarei Te Renga Paraoa and the director of the Leadership Academy, said she feared the ’s stance would result in vulnerable Northland children being left behind.

It’s not about the kids! It’s about control.

There are 38 boys in the Leadership Academy and enrolled at schools in Whangarei.

If the boys and their whanau choose to enroll in the kura hourua, the kura has plans for some senior students to take certain classes, such as economics or trade studies at external schools such as Whangarei Boys’ High School and NorthTec.

The ban on interaction between PPTA members and means this couldn’t happen and students would miss out on opportunities.

“The principals [in Whangarei] are rattled. They are being stood over by the PPTA and they have no room to move,” Ms Tipene said.

If a school defies the PPTA, then they’ll face a boycott also no doubt.

The president of the PPTA, Angela Roberts, told the Advocate communities thinking the charter schools would raise Maori achievement were mistaken.

Listen up dumb parents, we know what is best for you. You do not get a say in this. We do not think you should have a choice of where to send your children and we will use our might to crush anyone who co-operates with these schools.

She said the kura would mean roll declines for other schools in Northland and fewer resources for the schools and, ultimately, the threat of lost jobs for PPTA members.

Now we understand the real concern. Nothing to do with helping under-achieving students.

Natasha Sadler, curriculum director for Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru, took the opportunity to dispel some myths at a series of community hui in Northland recently.

“A common myth is that the kura will have unregistered teachers – we have hired four registered teachers and hope to hire more,” she said.

She also said the kura would be teaching from New Zealand curriculum.

Both kura hourua directors said registered teachers and staff had been vetted by the police.

Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru will have 71 students next year and Te Kura Hourua ki Whangarei Te Renga Paraoa will have 50 students.

Boycotts are reminiscent of the apartheid era. However in this case the boycott is against Maori schools and students. So what does that make the PPTA comparable to? Maybe the Broederbond?

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64 Responses to “PPTA introduces apartheid-era type bans”

  1. Manolo (14,049 comments) says:

    The PPTA, a tragic collection of Labour stooges, in action.

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  2. Redbaiter (9,564 comments) says:

    Proof our education system is in the hands of communist subversives who put politics before education.

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  3. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    DPF yesterday criticised Andrew Little for calling a bill “Fascist”.
    Today he is calling an action by the PPTA “apartheid”.

    I agree with him regarding the points he is trying to make – it should be OK for employers to break a strike with temporary workers, and the PPTA should be putting kids and not the union first. But criticising a political opponent for using a term out of context one day, and then doing the exact same thing yourself the next day, is simply hypocracy.

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  4. Lance (2,708 comments) says:

    DPF is right
    This is actually quite evil.
    They are prepared to fuck over kids education and ostracize people making a career choice to make a point.

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  5. mandk (1,017 comments) says:

    “It’s not about the kids! It’s about control”

    That sums it up nicely. The PPTA leaders are a bunch of Stalinists who don’t really care about the kids or their members – it’s the cause that counts.

    The problem is that a lot of teachers actually think the union works to improve their lot. How is then that heaps of teachers with a post-grad qualification and 10 years experience earn only $60-70k?

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  6. In Vino Veritas (140 comments) says:

    Perhaps it’s time to disestablish Unions and extinguish them as a concept. And to think the Peter Dunne refused to vote for Jamie-Lee Ross’s bill. What a moron.

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  7. Ross12 (1,454 comments) says:

    It is time for the parents and the community to take a stand. Given the relatively small population size in Northland and its high Maori population ,it might work. We continually have this “look out for children ” or “think of the grand children” etc.
    Well now is a time to “walk the the talk” for that community. Maybe the best thing to occur would be for the kids to organise something in protest to the actions of the Union.

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  8. RRM (10,012 comments) says:

    Ross –

    Yes.

    A public march “Fuck off PPTA we WANT to send our kids to charter schools” would be a very good idea about now. Wanna organise it?

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  9. Hamish_NZ (46 comments) says:

    Silly PPTA, they’re encouraging their members to engage in an illegal strike action in their stance, as teachers are required to follow lawful orders of their principals and boards, so if they disengage like tge PPTA want, the school could begin the dismissal process against the teacher involved. It would potentially ve grounds for instant dismissal too.

    Oh and as a bonus the secretary of education could apply to have the PPTA removed as a union for failing to abide by the collective agreement, and encouraging members to engage in illegal strike action. Plus failing to act in good faith. The union could also be liable for a fine to recover costs to education.

    Wonder if the PPTA has told it’s members following its advice could cost them their jobs?

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  10. Cunningham (846 comments) says:

    I hope this makes the MSM as most people would be disgusted with their stance. Oh well at least we know why there are so many children failing as the PPTA obviously doesn’t give a fuck. Shameful!

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  11. edhunter (552 comments) says:

    Cunningham you can bet the MSM will be over this like a rash, unfortunately it will revolve around JC towing the Union anti National line that Charter Schools are bad & the PPTA are victims of JK’s minions.

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  12. Harriet (5,124 comments) says:

    Key should stop fucking around with the commies and just get on with increaseing the WFF payments to include a school voucher.

    People spend WFF payments however they please and are more than capable of spending a school voucher on whatever school they please – unless of course the public think they are to under-educated to do so.

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  13. Kimble (4,443 comments) says:

    gazz,

    a·part·heid
    n.
    1. An official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites.
    2. A policy or practice of separating or segregating groups.

    Care to find a similar reference for fascism?

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  14. Ashley Schaeffer (513 comments) says:

    The PPTA is making a serious strategical error with this decision. Treating the students of charter schools like lepers is going to bring them a tide of bad publicity and it’s members at the coalface are going to bear the brunt of the criticism.

    Actually, it reeks of desperation. If they truly believed charter schools were a great failure, they would just sit back and let the train-wreck happen.

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  15. Samuel Smith (276 comments) says:

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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  16. cha (4,078 comments) says:

    Oh, so a no work edict from a union is like a legal system of segregation and oppression based on skin colour….right..??
    /

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  17. Cunningham (846 comments) says:

    Samuel Smith (190) as opposed to the left’s policy which is to stick their head up their arse and ignore all the children consigned to the scrap heap due to the failings of the curent system?

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  18. Cunningham (846 comments) says:

    Samuel Smith (190) how do you know it will be ‘toxic’? Are you happy to continue on with the status quo? Unless no students are failing then it is worth trying new things. You obviously don’t give a fuck (like the PPTA) as long as ther majolrity of children pass right? This whole issue makes my blood boil. Fucking narrow minded wankers the Unions are.

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  19. RRM (10,012 comments) says:

    It’s ironic that the charter schools want to send their students back to the local state schools for some subjects.

    I thought the students were leaving the local state school for a “better” option.

    Wow, you really are a fuckwit aren’t you?

    Come back when you have kids in the education system.

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  20. Ashley Schaeffer (513 comments) says:

    She said the kura would mean roll declines for other schools in Northland and fewer resources for the schools and, ultimately, the threat of lost jobs for PPTA members.

    Is there something preventing PPTA members from working at a charter school other than their own self-imposed decrees? Or is it because a lot of their members are not up-to-scratch?

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  21. edhunter (552 comments) says:

    Well SS I think the ability to know your strengths/weaknesses & being prepared to admit when someone could do something better like teach economics is refreshing & admirable, off course in a PPTA utopia all teachers are equal & there are no good/bad teachers.

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  22. OneTrack (3,223 comments) says:

    “I hope this makes the MSM…”

    Good luck with that plan. I am sure the call has gone out from Labour and/or Green headquarters to make sure the issue is suppressed.

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  23. OneTrack (3,223 comments) says:

    “due to the failings of the curent system”

    But there are no failings in the current system. Everything is just perfect. No need to change anything – the union told me so.

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  24. Michael (910 comments) says:

    The PPTA – Putting kids, family, and better education outcomes ahead of Teacher self interest…

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  25. Nick R (508 comments) says:

    Last time I looked, the PPTA was a union which was supposed to protect and promote the interests of its members. The idea that they are there to protect kids or parents is nonsense – although the PPTA perpetuates the myth when it suits them.

    So you may not like the idea of a boycott, but they are only doing what they are supposed to do – protecting their members’ interests.

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  26. Harriet (5,124 comments) says:

    “….The idea that they are there to protect kids or parents is nonsense – although the PPTA perpetuates the myth when it suits them….”

    So it’s the parents role to protect the children then?

    Fine. Vote for the Conservatives to increase the WFF payments to include a school voucher. Smash the influence of the union once and for all.

    Or do you have something else in mind?

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  27. SW (241 comments) says:

    I completely agree with gazzmaniac at 12:06. What utter hypocrocy DPF.

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  28. Samuel Smith (276 comments) says:

    This whole issue will be null and void in 12 months time when Labour and the Greens turf-out charter schools.

    This dreadful Act experiment is a distraction from the fact New Zealand has one of the best education systems in the world.

    In fact, recently New Zealand was ranked number one in the world in an article critiqued on this blog.

    It was small and medium sized businesses, and entrepreneurs that were found wanting.

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  29. OneTrack (3,223 comments) says:

    “This whole issue will be null and void in 12 months time when Labour and the Greens turf-out charter schools. ”

    In the meantime, the teachers union, and the left in general, are going to show how nasty and puerile they can really be.

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  30. jakejakejake (138 comments) says:

    Pretty fucking insulting to all those people who died actually fighting apartheid.

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  31. OneTrack (3,223 comments) says:

    Sam – “It was small and medium sized businesses, and entrepreneurs that were found wanting.”

    Is that something else the hard-left ( Labour and the Greens) are going to “correct” in 2014 – no more small and medium sized businesses or entrepreneurs? Everybody will instead work for the Ministry and the Party, and clothing (grey of course) will be provided free – yay.

    But I don’t think you were supposed to tell everyone that – its supposed to be a secret until after the election, when it will be too late.

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  32. Samuel Smith (276 comments) says:

    Also, I think you neolibs might be wrong about this action being illegal. Check out the Secondary Teachers’ Contract on-line. It only covers work in State and State-integrated schools, not charters.

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  33. Samuel Smith (276 comments) says:

    @OneTrack – That’s not my point. My point is the survey ranked NZ number one in the World for education. Business and entrepreneurship were found wanting.

    This should come as no surprise, as New Zealand has the best education system in the World, but neoliberalsim has destroyed business, especially in the regions.

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  34. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    If their contract covers work in a state run secondary school, and a charter school contracts that secondary school to provide classes that are outside its expertese, and the classes take place on the grounds of the secondary school, then teachers are covered by their contract. It does not specify that they cannot teach outside students.

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  35. rangitoto (248 comments) says:

    SS “That’s not my point. My point is the survey ranked NZ number one in the World for education. Business and entrepreneurship were found wanting.”

    If that is the case then the number one ranking for education is clearly bullshit. If the education system was good, then the small business owners and entrepreneurs would benefit from said education.

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  36. Cunningham (846 comments) says:

    Samuel Smith (193) you’re a fuckwit. No mention of the children failing at all in your posts. Oh that’s right the left don’t give a flying fuck about those children. When are they actually going to do something to address it SS? What are they going to do? Come on elighten us because based on previous Labour governments, all we will get is a load of bullshit from them and no real effort to do anything. The left make me sick.

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  37. Kimble (4,443 comments) says:

    Pretty fucking insulting to all those people who died actually fighting apartheid.

    It is what the word fucking means you twit.

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  38. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    Hey Kimble,
    I just went to dictionary.com and looked up their definition of apartheid.
    Looks like you forgot half of definition 2.:

    2. any system or practice that separates people according to race, caste, etc.

    Kind of destroys your argument when you use the whole definition.

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  39. Simon (761 comments) says:

    “Kind of destroys your argument when you use the whole definition.”

    No it doesn’t retard. Apartheid is a political process of separation against a particular group. North Korea for eg practices separation based upon hereditary political following.

    “A hereditary caste-based system under which North Korea ranks its citizens based on their family political background has long underpinned the country’s human rights abuses”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9313174/North-Korea-caste-system-underpins-human-rights-abuses.html

    Mind you North Korea is the world’s most advanced Left wing country.

    “This dreadful Act experiment is a distraction from the fact New Zealand has one of the best education systems in the world”

    “It is estimated, on the basis of Ministry of Education 2006 data, that between 50 – 60% of New Zealand adults have the level 3 literacy and numeracy skills needed to participate in a knowledge-based economy. For the Māori adult population, however, it is only 25 – 40%. Numeracy is also a particular area of concern, as Māori adults attain level 3 and above at approximately half the rate of non-Māori adults. See Figure One below.”

    http://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/in-print/our-publications/publications/improving-literacy-and-numeracy-for-the-maori-workforce/page/1

    You are really are sheeple. Samuel Sheeple.

    PTA part of bog standard socialist dog eat dog society.

    Diversity, co-operation, tolerance & inclusiveness themes promoted by the left but of course are lies for the sheeple.(you know who you are, well one or two should know by now)

    Unless you are part of the collective the left consider you untermenschen. PPTA just vile.

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  40. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    No it doesn’t retard. Apartheid is a political process of separation against a particular group. North Korea for eg practices separation based upon hereditary political following.

    It takes quite a big leap of faith for “race, caste, etc” to include a group of school kids who go to a non-state school.

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  41. cha (4,078 comments) says:

    Hi ♪ Simple Simon … ♫, about that RBNZ money printing – any dox?.

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  42. AM1 (17 comments) says:

    >> It takes quite a big leap of faith for “race, caste, etc” to include a group of school kids who go to a non-state school.

    No it doesn’t. It’s clear that it’s apartheid – plain and simple.

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  43. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    S. Smith. Instead of posting comments about something you know nothing, would you not be better employed finding work. I understand it is many a day since you earned a real living.

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  44. Mobile Michael (463 comments) says:

    Samuel is actually right – to a point. We have a world best compulsory education system for the top 25%. We have a comparable compulsory education system for the next 60%. And the bottom 15% get tolerated in that system but ultimstely go nowhere.

    The government has actively seeking solutions to the bottom 15% with charter schools. That Labour and Education unions oppose them could see them proved right. But the status quo is not an option – and neither the PPTA or Labour are offering anything other than the tired old “more money” and less teacher work solutions, which experience show has not worked.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see some charter schools fail. They will close, and others (having learnt the mistakes) will take their place. But closing them all will mean closing the good ones and forcing kids back to an environment that hadn’t worked for them before.

    So, PPTA, how about dropping the bullyong, narrow minded approach and see the oppurtunity for your members to take on the disruptive, failing kids and turn them around and prove charter schools are not needed. It’s been 26 years since Tomorrows Schools, we shouod see the results by now.

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  45. bc (1,377 comments) says:

    A charter school of 38 students?? How ridiculous. That’s the size of one class at a state school.
    No doubt this charter school will cost a fortune. All for the sake of an ideological experiment.
    Amazing how the money appears when it suits.

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  46. Hamish_NZ (46 comments) says:

    @Samuel Smith
    Actually I’m spot on about it being an illegal strike, because what the PPTA are saying is for their members to not do things like professional development with teachers that happen to work at charter schools. Or to refuse to teach children who come into their class that just happen to spend most of their time and subjects at a charter school.

    What this means is that say teacher x is employed by state high school z, their principal says right we’re having a teacher only day for professional development, and you can all go off and learn about the latest information on your subject with other teachers from the area. Teacher x who teaches maths, says to the principal, I’m not going to go to that because I know that a couple of teachers from the charter school will be there.

    That’s engaging in an illegal strike, because the iinstruction to go on professional development is a legal one that can’t be refused.

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  47. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    No it doesn’t. It’s clear that it’s apartheid – plain and simple.

    It isn’t clear to me.

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  48. kiwi in america (2,508 comments) says:

    Samuel Smith
    The Swedish have a well regarded and highly ranked education system like New Zealand with a super welfare state that for decades the left in NZ had wet dreams about (now being pared back) and yet charter schools have taken off there and become popular across the political spectrum because, for certain key underperforming demographic cohorts (poor migrant kids), the state system isn’t as effective.

    If it works so well in Sweden, and in CERTAIN (but not all) US cities, there is no reason why charter schools cannot succeed in helping the bottom struggling 20% in NZ. The PPTA is all about control – they cannot control charter schools because many of the teachers are non unionized. The PPTA opposed Tomorrow Schools, NCEA, National Standards etc. – each reform was end of the education system they claimed to uphold and protect but of course it wasn’t. These bullying tactics need to be seen in this same Luddite mindset.

    As for your assurance that an incoming Labour/Greens government will do the union’s bidding and dispense with charter schools, as middle NZ looks more closely at Cunliffe and his left wing bidding war with the Greens, they are moving away. The optics of this PPTA nastiness is electorally toxic especially against the backdrop of the influence the unions had in electing Cunliffe and the promises he made to garner that support. This screed by the PPTA on Larry Williams Newstalk ZB show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knsf0ZwyEG4
    will form the guts of an ad that National can run in an endless loop because for every one lefty like you who applauds these tactics, there are two moderate unaligned floating voters who are tipped to voting National.

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  49. ex-golfer (166 comments) says:

    Simple Samuel Smith (aka Haminda) says:
    “It was small and medium sized businesses, and entrepreneurs that were found wanting”

    Another comment from KB’s resident moronic fuckwit.

    Who do you think it is that employs the majority of people in this country Samuel?
    Oh that’s right – you wouldn’t know having never earnt a decent days wage in your life.

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  50. Kimble (4,443 comments) says:

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/apartheid

    Apartheid doesnt have to be about race or caste. It means separatism.

    Just like SEGREGATION isn’t just about blacks being oppressed in America, and HOLOCAUST doesnt just mean killing lots of jewish people and gypsies.

    Anyone willing to find equivalent abuse of the word fascism?

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  51. RichardX (329 comments) says:

    DPF specifically refers to apartheid-ERA
    Does the reference to era change the definition enough to negate the equivalence?

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  52. burt (8,312 comments) says:

    RichardX

    Then think of it this way. The unionised state school teachers refuse to share a training room with charter school teachers.

    There …. Looks pretty solid to me.

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  53. cha (4,078 comments) says:

    Apartheid doesnt have to be about race or caste. It means separatism.

    Ya reckon.

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  54. Rightandleft (670 comments) says:

    I really can’t believe DPF is using this kind of hyperbole just a day after he was (rightly) criticising Little for calling his adversaries fascists. Never mind the Apartheid reference here, DPF asks if the PPTA is maybe comparable to the Broederbond. That organisation was a white supremacist group whose military wing, Ossewa Brandwag, was openly pro-Nazi during WWII and actually attacked South African soldiers and worked to form a fifth column to hand SA over to the Nazis when they arrived. Jews were targeted and synagogues burnt as well. So DPF has compared the PPTA to a group of Nazi collaborators.

    Apartheid is also a term which is very specific to South Africa, as it comes from Afrikaans and was only ever officially used there. Segregation is a term that was used in many countries and might be slightly more appropriate, but Apartheid is no more accurate than Little’s use of fascist.

    The ban on professional contact is specifically because of what is happening in Whangarei. School principals, without consulting their staff, have made agreements to help new charter schools with curriculum delivery when these very schools have been created based on their arguments that the state schools are failing their kids. How hypocritical is that? If their students do succeed the charter school will claim credit, if they fail they can blame the state school teachers.

    The ban isn’t against one or two charter schools, it is about stopping the massive expansion of the system of charters as has happened in the UK and some US jurisdictions. Why would the government spend so much money on such small schools, ones which could have been created under the old system, unless they are just laying the groundwork for dozens more? John Banks said he wanted to see 60 in just a few years. And they won’t just be stealing teachers jobs, they’ll be stealing resources and creaming off the better students from local state schools. They only exacerbate inequalities.

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  55. doggone7 (822 comments) says:

    Great entertainment when so much follow up is based on ignorance, misinformation and mischief making based on both of those.

    “Nothing to do with helping under-achieving students:” Are the boys at the Leadership Academy “under-achieving students?”

    “… the boycott is against Maori schools.” Are they Maori Schools? Does it say that in their applications and agreements? Or is this simply using race as a weapon?

    Choice of schools: Who’s denying the parents the choice of schools? If they want to go to Whangarei Boys High they can. If they want to go to the Kura they can. If they want to go to Tikipunga High they can. Is the denial of choice that they can’t choose to go to several schools?

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  56. Rightandleft (670 comments) says:

    That’s also a good point. The boycott is against 5 schools, of which 2 happen to be Maori language schools. The ban was approved by PPTA’s Maori representation body Te Huarahi by the way, not a group that would be too keen to support racist boycotts. It really is laughable to even suggest the PPTA is racist in fact. Anyone who has ever had any experience with the organisation would know how strongly it values tikanga Maori as well as Pasifika.

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  57. Miritu (30 comments) says:

    RichardX “DPF specifically refers to apartheid-ERA”

    DPF also refers to the Holocaust “Maybe they could issue yellow stars to the charter school staff …..”

    While I fully support charter schools, Gazzmaniac is right about DPF hypocracy.

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  58. bc (1,377 comments) says:

    Ha, ha DPF will be calling PPTA Nazis next. DPF has really lost the plot here.
    The tail is wagging the dog with this whole charter schools experiment.

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  59. bc (1,377 comments) says:

    Rightandleft @ 8.53pm – you’ve nailed it.
    The problem here is that people have such a hatred of unions that they can’t think straight. Even DPF has fallen into this trap.
    The jury is out on charter schools having a positive impact on educational outcomes. Even National’s favourite academic John Hattie doesn’t rate them highly.
    Make no mistake – this is ideology. Nothing more, nothing less.
    The sad thing is that the huge amount of money spent on this ideology could be better spent on educational outcomes. But lets all stick it to those nasty unions instead eh?

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  60. DMS (54 comments) says:

    I can see quite a number of misconceptions in the various comments above. Firstly, the teacher associations had no input into the election of Cunliffe; only affiliated unions had that input, and then those had a variety of opinions for the Labour leader.
    Secondly, the negativity to PPTA is misplaced. The demonisation of teacher associations is a political move, not an educational one. PPTA’ opposition to charter schools is to prevent a further dilution of the public school system in NZ. If you have ever been on a school Parent Teacher Association, you will be aware of the shortage of funds in schools. The notion that there are profits to be made in schools can only be by bigger classes, lower salaries, unqualified teachers, etc, etc.
    The irony is NZ schools already have individual charters. We have been way ahead of countries whose failed policies we are now importing.
    The notion that PPTA is racist is a nonsense. Te Huarahi, their Maori representatives, are very much against it.
    The notion that PPTA has a stalinist method of operation is a nonsense. Organising teachers is like herding cats!

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  61. Kimble (4,443 comments) says:

    Ya reckon.

    Yeah, I fucking do. So does anyone who cares about the actual meaning of words.

    It is from an Afrikaans word that means separation.

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  62. Natasha Sadler (2 comments) says:

    I must share that I do understand the stance of unionists. I was a member of the PPTA – a very strong teacher union that has advocated on my behalf for the years that I taught as a minority Māori teacher in some wonderful schools. I have worked alongside brilliant teachers in State Schools who do everything they can to help young people succeed. But we are Māori Educators – experienced in a sector where 25% New Zealand’s cohort are not reaching their potential. Those 25% are mostly Māori and Pasifika! Ngā Parirau Mātauranga Charitable (not for profit) Trust are our sponsors. All monies from the govt and philanthropic supporters will be pumped back into our kids so that they can experience first class learning experiences. As the Curriculum Director of Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru, I am committed to utilising the traditional practices of our people and contemporary research to ensure high quality teaching and learning at our kura. Where Māoritanga is normalised (the same as at Kura Kaupapa Māori and Special Character Kura ā iwi), where Ngātiwaitanga is important, tikanga is embedded from a policy level, where high expectations and personalised learning plans are normal practice for all students at our kura. Where classes are small – not because students have dropped out, but because we have made a commitment to have smaller classes to enable Personalised Learning Plans (PLPs), where project based/passion based education is normal, where learners and whānau are at the centre, where our environment is our Science lab, where experts in industry/a range of fields assist our youth to engage in a meaningful/current and relevant education! Instead of snubbing the current system we are putting our hands up and saying, “We want to be a part of the solution! These are our tamariki, literally – our sons, our daughters, our nieces, our nephews, our mokopuna! We have a responsibility to be a part of the solution and no organisation has a right to tell us otherwise.” We stand unashamedly to be counted, giving service to our own communities – in the face of adversity. Challenges and opposition have come from those close to us and those afar. My challenge to you is to watch this space. We are not a sliver bullet, we are not the solution to every negative Māori statistic – we are merely another option with everything at stake because these are OUR uri. When organisations whom are removed from our daily reality are boycotting our children that gives us more reason to stand stronger on behalf of our tamariki! Opposition makes muscles stronger…brain muscles… heart muscles… wairua muscles

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  63. BR (83 comments) says:

    Natasha, the only things that matter in schools are maths English and science. Everything else is just politics. Politics of all stripes should be banned from the classroom.

    Bill.

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  64. Natasha Sadler (2 comments) says:

    Human beings should count for everything in schools:)

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