Many important battles will be fought in 2014 and none is more important than the fight against charter schools.
To prime yourself for the battle read these three important stories on charter schools which have emerged in the last couple of weeks. They are a must read for anyone interested in public education.
Firstly Toby Curtis was awarded a knighthood in the New Years’ honours. It’s easier to see why he came in ahead of many outstanding Maori academics when one understands Curtis is a recent convert to charter schools. Retired educationalist Kelvin Smythe has written a blistering piece challenging Curtis.
Secondly a story showing some of the effects on “children of colour” in the US when charter schools take over and mass public school closures occur. Applied here charter schools will have the greatest negative impact on children in low-income communities – disproportionately Maori and Pacifika children.
Thirdly a report, one of many, which outlines the failure of charter schools in Sweden. Sweden was the model John Banks and ACT’s Catherine Isaccs urged New Zealand to follow but they have gone quiet on this example now for good reason. Charter schools everywhere lead to failure in education for kids but big profits for private companies – surprise, surprise.
The battle against charter schools must be won – read these stories and make sure you are ready to do your bit on the front line in defence of our kids’ education.