Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Knowledge is Power
I suspect this cartoon may soon end up on a few dart boards throughout the many teachers' staff rooms in the state of N.S.W. ...boy!, I hope so. I don't say that flippantly either, because I am very concerned about the standards of teachers and teaching methods and curriculum in all of our schools. I have a few friends who are teachers. In fact one of my best friends is a teacher in a western Sydney Public High School and I am sure he will pull his hair out and curse me when he sees this, as he and I have very different ideological views about the state of our Public and Private education systems. Nevertheless, he is a friend and we can always agree to disagree.
With that said, I will pose this question. Can we, as a responsible society, that has for so long taken for granted our very hard-fought and won freedom, allow that freedom to be eroded over time by radical socialist movements? You see, freedom cannot exist when information (not of a national security nature) is being withheld from the public by the government, information that would simply provide the public, in this case parents or guardians with school age children, the choices that they need to make in order to secure the best possible education outcome for their children.
Bur we see here that teachers are resisting that. They don't want parents to be able to evaluate schools on the basis of their exam results.
Some use the independent system (like me) and the transparency of performances is obviously clear when you are shopping around for a school that has a high academic result for its students. This information is actually available on a state to state public school level of academic achievement yet to my knowledge you still cannot tell if the particular school, classes or even the teacher are performing a a satisfactory level and thus can be trusted to EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN!
I have heard the argument from the other side of this debate and I can not see any legitimate concern other than there are teachers who feel that they are above performance rating. Naturally this is the reason for the current NAPLAN boycott. Just about every workplace has some kind of testing and assessing criteria that sorts out the wheat from the chaff. Here too and especially with the important role that educators have in the lives of children and young adults, there must be a form of accountability and I would also say reward for genuine excellence.
The current system of "education revolution" is continuing to turn so far to the left that it will not be long when have mandatory carrying of Mao's Little Red Book.....or is that already happening?
This is a state issue really and the NSW Teachers Federation Union is actually taking on Julia Gillard (Federal Minister for Education and everything else). It seems it may be payback time for this union, considering the enormous amount of support that it provided the Federal ALP during the 2007 Federal election.
I would say that Gillard would be leaning to support her traditional comrades but it is very close to the next election and this is a Labor Heartland issue. If she is sniffing the political wind correctly, as I believe she is, then she will certainly be between and rock and a hard place.
Trust ends at the door folks. I trust my Mum and certainly family members and close friends, everyone else needs to prove their worth or worthlessness, otherwise I don't want to know you or put my children's lives in your hands.
Posted by JR at 12:08 PM