I never understood how a stupid free market brain fart for education by the ACT Party ever made its way into National’s grab bag of policy ideas.
Charter Schools always seemed to be a solution searching for a problem.
The enormous private education industry however desperately want access to NZs public school market and it is their interests that drive the agenda in this country by cleverly manipulating the righteous grievance of Māori who have been grotesquely left behind when it comes to Māori educational achievement.
34% of Māori leave school without a qualification, any attempt, including Charter Schools, looks preferable to social statistics as damaging as that, which is why Māori have been so heavily targeted with Charter Schools to provide the political camouflage to Trojan Horse their way into NZs public education system.
What Charter Schools are truly about is a means to undercut Teacher costs by hiring non-registered Teachers.
That’s all they are.
Now some of the Charter Schools only hire registered teachers, which suits the entry point for the private education industry, but the essence of this right wing social experiment is to devalue and under cut a unionised workforce.
As a country, we desperately need to do more educationally for Pacifica, Māori and children in poverty, but Charter Schools aren’t that solution, they only pretend to be concerned with those groups so as to normalise private education in NZ.
National see Teachers as Taxi Drivers in an Uber world. For them, education can simply be downloaded or taught online, and Charter Schools are a means to slash staffing costs.
Our public education system is one of the best in the world, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a long way to go for those marginalised by colonialism, racism and poverty, but we should see the right wing argument for ‘choice’ when it comes to Charter Schools as nothing more than a cleverly targeted trick to con New Zealanders into accepting them.
We shouldn’t get fooled.