A look into a scary future

On twitter this Am (I’m supposed to be on a detox, why can’t I quit you twitter?) I made my usual “aarrrgggh” comment about another article based on the stupid national standards and Education Minister Parata’s ideological response to them (expert after expert say that poverty and home situation and parents matter as much or more than teachers but she hates teachers and their union so screw you experts).

This lead to Karen (@serenity22) asking me what I thought the agenda was. I tried to answer but, you know, 140. My guess though? Total privatisation of education.

So here goes:

1) attack teachers and their union (I’m guessing but I’d imagine they are the biggest public service union in NZ —if not the biggest period). This is being done through a variety of ways the bogus standards and torquing of other stats are good examples
2) create educational deserts. Christchurch, some lower income neighbourhoods in Auckland and many rural regions are facing closings or mergers.
3) speaking of mergers, these create massive institutions that will be exceedingly difficult to manage. I’m also not clear on how their geographical location will effect their funding. If 60% of the kids are from lower income households but the school isn’t in a neighbourhood like that hep hat happens?

Right, so the first three steps (and their substeps: general denigration of teachers, ongoing attacks on the tattered remains of organised labour etc) set the stage for:

4) the right wing opening act to all privatisation moves: “OMG THR THING WE’VE DEFUNDED AND CRIPPLED AND HOBBLED AND ATTACKED AND DESTROYED CAN’T DO THE JOB IT’S MEANT TO DO!! THE INVISIBLE HAND WILL DO BETTER!!!”

5) charter schools!
6) institutional management companies (Chartwells Intermediate anyone?)

Which leads to the destruction of teaching and education as a public good and an integral part of democracy.

So job done.

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