Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Glass half empty for Brian Rudman

Mike Williams is a previous president of the Labour Party.

His former flatmate and confidante, Brian Rudman, writes drivel for the Herald.
What have the innocent kids of South Auckland done to be singled out as the guinea pigs for the charter school experiment?
As with most Labourites, the glass is always half empty when it comes to the Right offering opportunities to students from poorer communities.  That's because only Labour cares.  

I prefer the glass half full approach such as Heather Roy's Aspire Scholarships introduced in 2009:
The Aspire Scholarship provides assistance for low income families towards the costs of private secondary schooling. It will contribute up to $15,000 per year towards the tuition fees of a private school for the duration of a student's attendance at this school. It will also include a yearly allowance of up to $1,500 for course related costs. 
I suspect Rudman, via Williams, via Clark, via Davis, will now be asking what these innocent kids of South Auckland did to be singled out as guinea pigs for private school scholarships.

How horrible for them to be given the opportunities that rich kids get aye.





21 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

Well, it is bizarre that Rudman thinks ACT is "forcing" National to do this. But otherwise, what's wrong with his column? Neither National nor ACT have been able to say what the benefit of doing it will be for the pupils, and the fact they're not experimenting on the children of National voters speaks volumes. If they want to experiment with privatisation and union-busting, let them use the kids in their own electorates for it.

Nick K said...

I suspect the reason they won't "experiment" on their own rich kids is the same reason they won't give Aspire Scholarships to rich kids: They're ttrying to help poorer kids and give them the same opportunities rich kids get.

Psycho Milt said...

What opportunity? It's clear in the case of the scholarship what the opportunity is, but not at all clear in the case of the charter schools that there is any kind of opportunity involved, other than getting to be a guinea pig.

Anonymous said...

Yet again you're wrong PM. They are experimenting on National voters children in Christshurch. Hadn't you noticed how blue the city has turned?

Paranormal

Anonymous said...

They don't want these kids given the opportunity to achieve and improve their lot in life. Who's going to vote for labour/greens if the kids learn to reason and discriminate.

Mrs Danvers

Psycho Milt said...

They don't want these kids given the opportunity to achieve and improve their lot in life.

This answers the question with a non-sequitur. There's nothing so far to suggest directing public money to private schools will provide poor kids with an opportunity to do anything other than be guinea pigs. If you can explain how this "opportunity to achieve and improve their lot in life" is supposed to work, please do so.

The Veteran said...

Pm ... please explain to me the difference between Charter Schools and Integrated Schools apart from the fact that Charter Schools will not be bound by the teacher collective agreement?

Psycho Milt said...

So the "opportunity" the kids are to be given is to go to the equivalent of an integrated school but with a de-unionised workforce. This benefits them how, exactly?

Anonymous said...

How does leaving them in a unionised failing environment benefit them? How is it that the left will try any experiment no matter how tenuous to use kids as part of their "progressive" agenda, but anything that doesn't fit the great liberal scheme --- absolute outrage, hissy fits, and every obnoxious man and his pinko brother rallies to the barricades.

My parents put me through parochial schooling. I wasted my opportunity and my father's modest earnings. In consequence I was sent to a state school for my last year. This was a 'name' High School, but the difference was chalk and cheese. The education was inferior.

Don't accuse others of political ideology in education PM. The present shower is a wing of the left.

George

The Veteran said...

PM ... I repeat. Read the 'Stan(m)ford' Report. Properly mandated and monitored Charter Schools perform better than their 'State' counterparts ... what part of that don't you understand?

Psycho Milt said...

The report found that the "properly mandated and monitored" charter schools doing better than their public counterparts amounted to 17% of the total. Forgive my not regarding this as a resounding endorsement.

The Veteran said...

PM ... you are arguing oranges, I am debating apples. The 17% is the overall % and includes those schools where the Charter sign-off was suspect and the performance monitoring sub-standard.

Exclude the dross and the % rises incrementally

What makes you think that little old NZL can't/won't get that right or perhaps you are suggesting 'vested interests' in the profession will do their uttermost to sabotage the initiative?

Psycho Milt said...

Naturally it's inconceivable that NZ would make any mistakes, unlike the complete incompetents populating the USA. How could we be fallible, what with a National govt an' all? But seriously:

What makes me think NZ won't get it right?

1. The successful US charter schools are successful because they have an attrition rate of poor-performing students dropping back to the public system, which then looks accordingly worse. Maybe that won't happen here, but I don't see any reason why it wouldn't.

2. Another reason they're successful is private-sector funding, the private sector being enthusiastic supporters of anything that undermines the public sector. Maybe the NZ private sector will prove as strong a source of funding as the US private sector, but I seriously doubt it.

3. The most important factors in the long tail of underachievement have nothing to do with the schools, as outlined in this post. Charter schools do jack shit to address those factors.

So, back to my earlier question: what "opportunity" are poor kids being offered here, other than involuntary participation in a war on the teachers' unions?

Judge Holden said...

There's no arguing with ideologues Milt. To them facts are annoying, but if you stick your hands over your ears and go lalalalalala they go away.

James said...

Rudman and the rest have more than a whiff of "uppity niggas" about their disdain for any idea for a different approach to helping the poorest and most disadvantaged kids..its almost like "You belong to us...now be submissive and grateful for how much we "care" for you..."

James said...

The poor kids belong to the left....they are their "property" to play with as their whims lead them...the idea that thee kids may be uplifted away from the "compassionate" socialist embrace is just a slap in their collective face's that cannot be allowed.

"Child molesters of the mind" is such an apt description of those with that mindset...

Psycho Milt said...

How thoughtful of you to come along and prove Judge Holden's point, James.

Judge Holden said...

"The poor kids belong to the left....they are their "property" to play with as their whims lead them..."

The fact that you think the current government is leftist demonstrates just how far through the cracks of reason you've fallen James.

The Veteran said...

PM ... clearly we agree to disagree and that's our privilege.

Let's resume the debate down the track a little when the first schools are up and running.

It will be interesting then to see whether or not the sky has fallen in and if the sun still shines.

WAKE UP said...

God my generation was lucky - I went to a public school, and the education I got there was EXCELLENT. But now I've heard that my old school has dropped way down the deciles, probably due to all kinds of wise-arses (from politicians to unionists to hare-brained theorists) thinking they knew how to do it better. Tragic.

Judge Holden said...

"But now I've heard that my old school has dropped way down the deciles, probably due to all kinds of wise-arses (from politicians to unionists to hare-brained theorists) thinking they knew how to do it better."

You don't have a clue about what deciles are in this context do you old guy? Go back to sleep.