Posted by: PPTAweb on 14, Nov, 2011
My previous post was about stereotypes (phrenology?) - and this morning the link to John Banks talking Law and Order on TV3's The Nation came my way:
This is beyond stereotyping and I wonder why there hasn't been a similar outcry to that made over the infamous Alistair Thompson sick days comment.
John Banks, representing the ACT political party, aspires to high public office and is "supported" by the NZ Prime Minister. I can only wonder about recent events in relation to (in)appropriate role modeling for our students.
So much for building relationships with our communities, so much for promoting social justice. Seems the role modeling that is being promoted here is of fear-mongering and racism and, more recently over cups of tea, of one-upmanship and gaming the system.
ACT have said they are prepared to work with other parties on evidence-based education policy and we think that's great. PPTA is asking political parties to work together using evidence to create the best possible education system for our students.
The definition of evidence involves determining the truth of an assertion or proposition; evidence is not about looking for an opportunity to artificially manipulate an outcome.