Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Parents Must Be Allowed to Choose Qualifications

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Education

Parents Must Be Allowed to Choose Qualifications

"The news that several prominent schools are considering offering alternative international qualifications, in response to parental dissatisfaction with NCEA, was completely predictable" Libertarianz Education Spokesman Phil Howison said today. "Parents have good reasons to be concerned about NCEA - but the harsh response from the education bureaucracy suggests simple contempt for the rights of parents."

Minister of Education Steve Maharey criticised one of the alternative qualifications, saying that "When it comes down to preparing a person for the real world of work and further study, I don't think it does the same job as NCEA at all." Phil Howison commented: "Maharey is entitled to his opinion, but it is not his place to force a particular qualification on parents and students against their will. This is an important decision - too important to be left to bureaucrats. After all, tertiary students can choose from a huge range of different qualifications - degrees, diplomas, various private courses, apprenticeships and so on. We don't accept the forcing of particular qualifications on those students, so why high school students?"

John Morris, headmaster at Auckland Grammar, expressed some common concerns the NCEA in a recent letter to NZQA. Mr. Howison - who sat NCEA along with School Certificate and Bursary – agrees with Morris. "John Morris is absolutely correct that the lack of challenge in the NCEA causes a decline in motivation among top students. Schools all too often encourage the mere accumulation of credits, while discouraging students from taking harder courses to improve their pass rates. And while students can achieve with 'Excellence' or 'Merit', that has no impact on the number of credits, removing most of the incentive to improve."

Dr. John Langley, of Auckland University and the NZQA, published an opinion piece in reply to John Morris. Phil Howison said that Langley showed a disturbing indifference towards the views of parents. "In his comment that empowering parents '...systematically undermined the status of teachers by giving parents and communities the expectation that... they know best about how their children should be taught. They don't always,' Langley provides a perfect example of bureaucratic arrogance. In contrast, the Libertarianz believe that parents have the right to make decisions for their own children. The state has no right to your children, and the education bureaucracy cannot be allowed to override the views of parents."

Libertarianz education policy would return schools to parents and get rid of state ownership and zoning to allow free choice of schools. "The separation of school and state will result in freedom of choice, meaning that parents and students could take responsibility for education and choose the right kind of schooling to best serve their needs. A diverse private education market will be far more effective at serving parents than this one-size-fits-all state system".

Take Back Your Child's Education—Get the Government Out of Schools Now!

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

TV3 Videos: Key's Flip-Flop Over Whale Oil Texts | Slater
Reaction: Greens | More
Dim-Post Link: The Very Odd Slightly Left Of Centre

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel.

Ludicrously, the public has been given exactly one day to make submissions on these major infringements of their civil liberties. Despite Finlayson’s misleading signals on RNZ that these are only stopgaps until next year’s full review of our security laws, the measures in question will not, in fact, expire until 2018.

Why the insane rush? Good question. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

White Ribbon Day: Govt Resumes Sexual Violence Trial Proceedings Work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court. More>>

ALSO:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news