This week's poll asks:
Are you supportive of the Partnership School trial?
*Partnership schools seem like a step in the right direction but by no means a completed ideal.
Education, like 'Maori Language Week', should not be a governt-sponsored fixture which coercively monopolises what should be taught according to the statist mentality driving the government line.
Figuratively speaking, compulsion should be struck from the lexicon of a civilised mind. It is the tool by which any potential demagogue can impose irrationality and state dependency on an unsuspecting public. DONRO
*They need to sort out the existing system not gamble on untested systems. Tony
*Fix the existing system never mind gambling on alternatives. Fine if they finance themselves but the state should not finance them. Tony
*Our role in life is to make sure that our Children get an education that will allow them to have a future. Rick
*We must offer these kids an alternative from the washing machine that is education. To succeed, partnership schools must keep the teachers unions out. Ronmac
*But what does that matter?
Key or Shearer or Manacle-scarred-russell will ride roughshod over any fair and reasonable debate that goes against their dictatorial wishes.
New Zealand was once a wealthy and great nation.
Now it's full of RACIST MOARI, POLITICAL PROSTITUTES like Key, Shearer, Dunne-nothing, Unleavened-sharples and Beneficiary-bennett.
Where has the wealth gone?
Down the DPB toilet, into RACIST MOARI "grievances" and into the pockets of oxygen-stealing central and local government political PROSTITUTES.
When we are bankrupt, what good will radio waves be to the RACIST MOARI?
When we are bankrupt, what good will national standards be to POLITICAL PROSTITUTES?
No good at all.
Watch as New Zealand quickly follows Greece into financial oblivion.
Thanks a bunch, John, for being "the man to make those hard calls"...yeah, right. Mark
*Recognition must be given to the fact that a significant number of people do not in fact possess the mental competence to succeed in this due to possessing less than average IQ... They need to be helped not frustrated. Christopher
*Yes. It's WELL past time that NZ education was given a MAJOR overhaul. Peter
*Most children who fail have poorly organised State funds spent on them. Jim
*Without Property Rights, No Social or Econmic Growth or Peacefull Existance. Jim
*We have to try a different approach for those set to fail in the current system as long as its closely monitored. Ali
*I believe that anything that will loosen the stranglehold that teacher trade unions have over the state education system must be of benefit. Peter
*We need schools that do NOT teach cultural marxism, Maori language or political correctness, only historical facts and figures. If Partnership Schools fit that criteria, then I would support their trial. Monica
*If our education system keeps doing things the same way, nothing will change. We need to change the results for the bottom 20%. Graham
*The German schooling system is great, perhaps this new system will go someway towards it. Barbara
*Schools operated successfully in the past before PC arrived. Also before discipline was lost. Untrained teachers are not a step forward. Return the situation when NZ was a leader in education. Cyril
*With 40 years "at the chalk-face" I've seen all sorts of dumb political decisions in education - none of which have advanced education - rather they've dumbed it down further and further - little by little and those of us wise enough to see through it had to circumvent the rubbish.
We've had very successful results to teaching and learning, none of which came from overseas, like this latest "idea." Why do the U.S. and the U.K. take our lead?
Why do our politicians follow failed overseas ideas? We have enough innovative people here in NZ to lead the world - in everything not just education. Are our "elected" representatives being instructed from elsewhere? Rod