PRESS RELEASE: Twits Still Rule, Not Okay
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Twits Still Rule, Not Okay
"Our education sector certainly does need a lot greater competition if any
improvements are going to be made, but to achieve any substantial changes
and improvements New Zealand must adopt a much more freedom-orientated
attitude towards education," said Peter Osborne, Libertarianz Associate
Spokesman for Education Deregulation today, responding to comments made by
Joy Quigley, Executive Director of Independent Schools of New Zealand.
Ms Quigley was drawing attention to the Swedish education model whereby
state run schools are showing improvements due to government policy which
'allows' greater competition from the private sector. Studies are showing a
marked public increase in demand for private schools since law changes were
made. She also commented that perhaps our government should investigate how
the Swedish system operates.
Osborne responds forcefully to Quigley's comments: "The Swedish system is
crap." He says that the private sector still receives subsidies from the
government (via the taxpayer): "This gives the government the power to
dictate the terms to private schools - he who dispenses the gold still makes
the rules. This is not much different to our woeful system." New Zealand
does not need to follow the Swedish system in order to improve education, he
says, it needs to get government out of education all together.
"TOTAL freedom in education is the only answer. Unless New Zealanders
accept this undeniable truth education standards will deteriorate further."
Mr Osborne says, "Literacy and numeracy levels are at an all time low and
are worsening. Teacher shortages are worse than ever. Teacher morale is
worse than ever ever. The standard of newly qualified teachers is a joke,
with race meaning more than aptitude. Our qualification standards are in
total disarray. To make things worse, successive governments have wasted
billions of taxpayer's dollars on a system that is a complete disaster."
An angry Osborne continues, "No one is immune from this injustice. Every
taxpayer must pay for it, whether they like it or not and whether they use
it or not. Every teacher and school, including those in the private sector,
must follow a curriculum laid down by law. Every parent must, by law, send
their child to a school. Even home-schoolers must meet government criteria.
The only qualifications allowed are those laid down by the state. Where the
Government holds back on the use of force it blackmails by way of
withholding tax-paid funding should a school depart from the 'one chosen way
Osborne concludes, "This appalling state of affairs must be stopped.
Parents must be left to decide for their child's education. Schools must be
free to operate in the private sector without the handicap of government
regulation. Curriculum and qualifications must be left to the professionals
who will in turn be directly answerable to the consumers. These changes
must be made now before yet another generation of twits are sent out into
the big wide world."
Libertarianz: More Freedom -
For more information contact:
LIBERTARIANZ ASSOC. SPOKESMAN TO DEREGULATE EDUCATION
Phone: 0274 326 005, e-mail: ospar@...