Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


State Education Nothing To Crow About

Tue, 16 Nov 2004

State Education Nothing To Crow About

"Congratulations Mr Mallard. You've accomplished what no other Education Minister has ever managed to achieve before. Your comprehensive and total control over the education market is complete." This dubious compliment was given by Peter Osborne, the Libertarianz Spokesman For Education Deregulation today in response to Mr Mallards trumpeting of 'Early Childcare and Education Awareness Week. '

"Fact: Since this Government came to power, there have been more closures of privately-run early childhood educational centres than ever before. Fact: Since the introduction of this Government's forced retraining scheme for early childhod practitioners, more centres of special philosophy such as Montessori have abandoned those philosophies than ever before. Fact: Mr Mallard's preferred 'one-size-fits-all' state-controlled models have been introduced at the expense of private providers and the taxpayer, and regardless of the demand for greater parental choice."

Mr Mallard says that this Labour-led government 'seriously values early childhood education.' To which Osborne replies, "The values of this government are based on a very shaky foundation of coercion (by compulsion), of theft (by tax), and of indoctrination (by a thuggish ministry). If complete state control of your children's education is a value to you, then now is a time to rejoice: the day is nearly there. This is a disgrace, and the sooner parents and taxpayers wake up to this blatant abuse of power the better."

Mr Mallard also describes his state-controlled early childhood education model as 'top quality. "By what standard can he make this claim?" asks Osborne. "With those remaining private institutions being seriously hamstrung by Mr Mallard's plethora of compliance-criteria and costs there is not much left in New Zealand with which to compare. Where once a plethora of early childhood choices was available to parents, Mallard's one-size-fits-all juggernaut is rapidly wiping out those choices. There is no quality in the eye of this beholder."

Mr Osborne concludes, "If people wish to celebrate 'Early Childcare and Education Awareness Week' then let them realise what it is they are celebrating. It may be a good time for parents to look to their own children and reflect on whether they wish to control their education, or whether they prefer that Mr Mallard and his army of bureaucrats make this decision for them. If people prefer the latter then they are getting what they deserve. But their children don't."


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland