Noob National MP Chris Bishop has already had plenty of attention; for the scare he gave Trevor Mallard in Hutt South, for being one of two former tobacco lobbyists that entered parliament this term, and not least, for being a smart chap with a clever turn of phrase who will probably go far.
But there’s one little phrase that he used recently he should expunge if he wants to continue his stellar trajectory.
In his maiden speech he busted out the line “…the soft bigotry of low expectations…” (See here, from 14.30). He was talking about Investing in Educational Success.
Parata’s been careful recently to make clear that Investing in Educational Success is not about fixing bad teachers, but about sharing good practice. She has made a concerted effort to be seen celebrating teaching, not blaming bad teachers.
Bishop doesn’t need George Bush’s help to come up with memorable lines. And, he, and all National MPs, should read up on Investing in Educational Success and how it’s changed since Key’s speech in January before they chuck more rocks into already murky waters.