I wish all students had pencils, pens and work books.
I wish every child in every class had a decent, healthy lunch.
I wish people would stop punishing children for the perceived sins of the parents.
I wish National Library would reconsider its curated resources plans.
I wish all schools had a paid co-ordinator to co-ordinate community-based projects.
I wish that all schools had adequate funds to attend to all of their children’s educational needs.
I wish the focus on shonky National Standards would stop.
I wish teachers didn’t have to work so many hours over their paid hours just to stay afloat.
I wish people took more seriously the link between socio-economic status and educational achievement.
I wish there was a decile review taking place, to find a better system for funding schools.
I wish Christchurch school communities were given a fair hearing.
I wish people would look beyond politics and ideology and think critically about education policies.
You can keep the cake, keep the presents, and even the cards – let’s just be serious about helping all children achieve their potential.