Wanting kids taught online shows Government’s utter contempt for teaching as a profession.
National see teachers as Taxi drivers in an uber world.
The latest attack on our cultural fibre and sense of collective citizenship is National’s plan to start bringing in more on-line ‘learning’.
This is an all out war now on public education. It has started with the funnelling of millions into private education and secretive idealogical Charter Schools and it ends with the National Government effectively killing off Teachers altogether.
This is such short sighted madness driven by budget cutting needs. All National see when they look at state expenditure is huge money sunk into education. This desire to attack Teachers was a key theme of rich lister Stephen Jennings when he paused from plundering the planet to spread his neoliberal wisdom to us all on TV last month.
The truth is that we have one of the best public education systems in the world. Where we fail is with those living in poverty, the solution is more money into education, not eliminating the Teachers!
It takes work to be a nation. It takes work to agree on a set of universal expectations and values we place on ourselves and society. If you remove Teachers, you are removing one of the most important social influencers in your child’s life, alongside the need to socialise with other children. On-line teaching has a place of course, but to consider replacing Teachers suggests an utter failure of recognising what our education system is supposed to actually do!
We are teaching citizens, not just cogs in the machine, (even if the machine is a fancy computer). We are teaching about the human experience, what it is to be part of a wider society, considering the challenges ahead of us. We are trying to equip tomorrows citizens with a critical mind and self autonomy with a strong sense of common bonds and sharing. Removing young people from that vital social interaction only serves to diminish the individual, it doesn’t celebrate it.
Wanting kids taught at home would be the last nail in the coffin of a progressive liberal democracy – solitary units powerless in their individualism is a neoliberal wet dream.
No wonder National are pursuing this.