I was sent a short article written by Warwick Elley a well respected New Educator and thought it worth sharing because his view on recent imposed directives from the Government are critically commented on.
The Minister ignores local expertise preferring to import ideas from counties that do not nave much in common with New Zealand.
dispense with competitive rankings of schools, which are clearly shown to polarise achievement levels. Moreover, the idea of absenting top teachers and leaders from their stations – with big bonuses - to help others, is unpopular with teachers and parents. Research shows that many teachers are effective when they spend long hours, going the extra mile for their own students. Low-achieving schools need the best principals and teachers fulltime, not as periodic visitors. We need more incentives to secure this outcome.
Many other respected NZ educationalists speak out against the 'so called'reforms' being imposed on schools. This list includes Allan Alach and Nigel Latta. A North and South article adds to the informed criticism.
The list of well informed critics goes on and on but seem to land on the deaf ears of far too many principals.
And if you aren't sure about the corporate model being imposed on schools check this link out!