Posted by: Cynic on 08, May, 2012
Charter schools - New Zealand education for sale - - you can buy anonymously it's a captive market, guaranteed income from the taxpayer and regulation free, ... sign up here.
Well tie me to an anthill and smear my ears with jam! I just couldn't maintain my zen listening to Catherine Isaac on Native Affairs. Cynic is back.
Have a listen to this paragon of virtue on Native Affairs and then tell me she's objective.
Link to Native Affairs Maori Television (couldn't get an embed code) so choose 7 May 2012 broadcast Series 6 Episode 9 (Catherine Isaac is about 17mins through)
52% of Maori students don't leave with basic numeracy and literacy...
and to top it off here is some interesting objective non political opinion ...
96% of students go to a public school which indicates there isn't enough diversity in our education system
The stats (the real ones not the drive up a crisis in education cos I'm objective and not a political appointment ones) are on the Education Counts website, it's useful to get the numbers right
I saw no understanding of the research - I suspect she hasn't read any... apparently the vast amount of literature is a problem ... (after all it's only our tamariki we're talking about here).
The research apparently, depends on the view you bring to it - hmm, for the record, there is difference between anecdote, hope and research - and NZ kids deserve to be served by an education policy that is informed by research evidence.
Apparently you can't compare the child who got into the charter school with a child who didn't - What!? run that by me again Catherine!
Apparently you can only compare kids who are lotteried in with kids who are lotteried out!
Unlike the research - Catherine and her henchcolleagues are able to identify exactly which factors work for kids and which ones don't - so they can give NZ kids only what works. Amen brothers and sisters - please add some more $ to the Charter School collection plate.
Not only is Catherine an objective and a non political appointment - she is NZ's education messiah, no longer will we need to look at the evidence - we can just ask the Charter school group. Watch out for your job Hekia!
Mind you - as she was appointed by John Banks - today she probably "can't recall" saying any of it.