…….and why they distract and take from the many to support a few.
I have rarely ever met a teacher who does not want to change and improve either what is happening in their classroom, or school, or system.
And yet as TV3 presented its saga on Charter Schools last night, it made it look as though the system was deliberately not responding to the needs of certain students and that the only way through was to set up a free school and offer something different.
As I tried to show in my last blog, it is possible to do that within the system. The old way of an existing school sponsoring an experiment, meant it could happen without endangering students in existing schools. But even then extra resources were needed. And that would need strong justification in today’s tight budgeting.
The best way is to support an existing school to change to meet the needs of its students. Or for a group of schools to combine resources to promote some specialised curriculum or environment for the students. A simple example is how schools combine to staff an outdoor education centre to provide what would be too costly for one school to do alone.
With fewer resources and a narrower curriculum, dominated by National Standards, this provision for the whole range of students is even less likely to happen.
That is what is enraging teachers. They get condemned for not meeting needs and yet see money siphoned away from their schools to support charter schools.
Kia kaha, PPTA! You are working hard for the many, for a better way of providing for all the different needs of our students.