Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Now it all makes sense

Now I know why Helen Clark and the Reign of Helengrad was so keen to ditch our ties with Mother Country.  This (below) is repeated verbatim from a letter to the editor of the December edition of London's Daily Telegraph (not online):
Children celebrating having a choice of excellent education
SIR - It is all very well publishing yet more league tables but what is this to parents since they are not allowed any real choice of school?

I was a headmaster of a maintained comprehensive school and also of an independent grammar school.  The independent schools of Britain are among the best in the world; the state schools are varied but include some of the worst.


This is not a matter of money.  The Prime Minister should give the state schools the freedoms enjoyed by independent schools: to impose discipline; decide their curricula; and control their own admissions and give parents a free choice of schools without the interference of [local] authorities.  

This will transform state education.
This is blasphemous to those who believe the State should control education; should control curricula; should control where poor and underprivileged kids must go to school.  Helen Clark was one of those.

The two Johns (Key and Banks) should listen to such excellent advice and not just trial charter schools, but implement them across the country, and their manifestation, School Choice and vouchers.  Indeed, our Prime Minister should give our state schools the freedoms enjoyed by independent schools: to impose discipline; decide their curricula; and control their own admissions and give parents a free choice of schools without the interference of [local] authorities.

Just as the obviously intelligent headmaster from Bolton says.

3 comments:

The Veteran said...

Nick .... 'For those who have eyes, let him see' etc etc.

Just thought I would get that in prior to the torrent of faux outrage comment and worse from those on the political left who infest No Minister hits the blogsphere.

p.s. 31 degrees in the shade at Greytown yesterday ... the Becks warmed up in the hand faster than you could drink it.

Judge Holden said...

That's right Nick. The only possible explanation for why some elements of the previous government had republican leanings was because they knew England harboured a failed headmaster who wanted a degree more control over his school.

It's better than your explanation for why scientists consider AGW to be a near certainty anyway. Keep up the great work.

Psycho Milt said...

This is blasphemous to those who believe the State should control education; should control curricula; should control where poor and underprivileged kids must go to school. Helen Clark was one of those.

If she was, she took an astonishingly lazy approach to it, given the number of private, independent, integrated etc schools that continued their existence undisturbed during her terms as PM - not to mention the public schools offering alternative curricula or non-NCEA qualifications, and the fact that the poor retained the usual right to send their kids to whichever school they wanted (assuming places available, acceptance by the school etc).