What makes a really good friend?  The listening? The understanding?  Always being there for you?  Well, if you are a teacher, Michelle Rhee wants to be your friend.  To prove it, she’s personally inviting you to her upcoming Teacher Town Halls, where you and Michelle (and two of her other friends) can have “an open […]

Global reforms are just that.  Global.  The same damage is being inflicted worldwide to schools in large and small communities, causing distress and doing nothing to improve education.  Often quite the opposite.

This is Cedar, a small community in Canada.  I only heard about Cedar because my gorgeous friend James lives there.  James isn’t a political soul.  Or he wasn’t … until the GERM arrived in Cedar and started on his local schools:

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James writes:

Our school district wants to close down four schools in our community.

They’ve already voted to do so based on untruths and lack of information regarding the closures on the community as a whole. We’re a rural community.

They used to bus the grades 8-12 out of here to schools in town because there was no high school in Cedar. So they built one. Now they want to close all the elementary schools, merge them into one of 500 students, house them in the high school and bus the high school kids into town again!

It would be a stab in the heart for the community as a whole.

There are a lot of people not happy about this.

Closing schools?  Merging schools?  Leaving students to travel long distances?  And all against the community’s wishes?  Cedar, you really do need to speak to the good people of Christchurch, and in particular follow the Phillipstown School court case.

Kay says of the journey to the proposed new school:

some years ago I witnessed a 10 yr old girl get crushed under the wheels of a giant truck as she cycled from school— this intersection could not be safely used with out direct supervision and who will the volunteers be — unpaid — because the dept wants to super school and destroy a community

Help Phillipstown School

A Campaign Fund for Phillipstown School legal challenge has been setup It is called WE ARE PHILLIPSTOWN.  The bank account for donations is ANZ 06-0807-0114631-75

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Good luck to all concerned and to everyone out there worldwide fighting reforms that put children and learning behind money and politics.

The GERM is multiplying fast, but with enough loud, active parents and educators, it can be sterilised.

When it comes to education, governments bandy the word choice around with evangelical fervour saying, amongst other things, they are opening charter schools for us, the parents. Rubbish. In New Zealand we have heaps  of choice already: Special Character schools, Steiner Schools, home schooling, private schools, bilingual schools, correspondence school, Te kura kaupapa Maori (Maori […]