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


ACT Education Policy an Extreme Attack on our Schools

ACT Education Policy an Extreme Attack on our Schools

“The ACT Party’s new education policy is an extreme but blundering attack on New Zealand’s public education system, characterised by the ACT leader’s assertion that our schools should behave more like supermarkets.* Only ACT would think that an out of control duopoly that is facing a commerce commission enquiry is a model for educating our kids”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood.

“ACT’s extremism is on full display in this policy. This fringe party, which won just 2.5% of the Party Vote in its Epsom ‘heartland’, wants to privatise New Zealand’s education system by turning public schools into charter schools. No evidence is presented for the benefits of this approach, only trite lines about the superiority of the free market, and an idiotic comparison between New Zealand’s public education system and the Soviet Union”*

“What makes this education policy even more asinine is that in the very speech he uses to launch it, the ACT leader talks about the importance of education by lauding the public schools and public school teachers who taught him. Like Mr Whyte my alma mater was also Pakuranga College where I also learned History from Miss Stevens. The first subject area we covered in the Seventh Form was the Great Depression, where we learned that a fundamentalist belief in the free-market led to disaster. It’s a shame that he didn’t also absorb that lesson”

“ACT’s only lifeline is the seat of Epsom and they may think that this kind of extreme policy will help their cause. If so, they are badly mistaken. The vast majority of Epsom voters, including long-term ‘small c’ conservative voters value our public education system and know that it is one of New Zealand’s great strengths, and should not be subject to radical experimentation by a party of zealots.”

“ACT’s attack on our public education system is yet another reason for Epsom voters to reject a dodgy deal to wedge ACT into parliament in their seat. Epsom deserves better that a party of fringe extremists who hate public education”, says Michael Wood.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news