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State Education Nothing To Crow About

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    PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ECE Education State Education Nothing To Crow About ================================ Congratulations Mr Mallard. You ve
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 15, 2004
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      State Education Nothing To Crow About

      "Congratulations Mr Mallard. You've accomplished what no other Education
      Minister has ever managed to achieve before. Your comprehensive and total
      control over the education market is complete." This dubious compliment was
      given by Peter Osborne, the Libertarianz Spokesman For Education
      Deregulation today in response to Mr Mallards trumpeting of 'Early Childcare
      and Education Awareness Week. '

      "Fact: Since this Government came to power, there have been more closures of
      privately-run early childhood educational centres than ever before. Fact:
      Since the introduction of this Government's forced retraining scheme for
      early childhod practitioners, more centres of special philosophy such as
      Montessori have abandoned those philosophies than ever before. Fact: Mr
      Mallard's preferred 'one-size-fits-all' state-controlled models have been
      introduced at the expense of private providers and the taxpayer, and
      regardless of the demand for greater parental choice."

      Mr Mallard says that this Labour-led government 'seriously values early
      childhood education.' To which Osborne replies, "The values of this
      government are based on a very shaky foundation of coercion (by compulsion),
      of theft (by tax), and of indoctrination (by a thuggish ministry). If
      complete state control of your children's education is a value to you, then
      now is a time to rejoice: the day is nearly there. This is a disgrace, and
      the sooner parents and taxpayers wake up to this blatant abuse of power the

      Mr Mallard also describes his state-controlled early childhood education
      model as 'top quality. "By what standard can he make this claim?" asks
      Osborne. "With those remaining private institutions being seriously
      hamstrung by Mr Mallard's plethora of compliance-criteria and costs there is
      not much left in New Zealand with which to compare. Where once a plethora
      of early childhood choices was available to parents, Mallard's
      one-size-fits-all juggernaut is rapidly wiping out those choices. There is
      no quality in the eye of this beholder."

      Mr Osborne concludes, "If people wish to celebrate 'Early Childcare and
      Education Awareness Week' then let them realise what it is they are
      celebrating. It may be a good time for parents to look to their own children
      and reflect on whether they wish to control their education, or whether they
      prefer that Mr Mallard and his army of bureaucrats make this decision for
      them. If people prefer the latter then they are getting what they deserve.
      But their children don't."


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