The following questions from a group of experienced principals were the catalyst for this post:
How can schools who do nothing for their Maori learners receive a “Strong” judgement?
Why do we bother with all of the work we do to deliver a culturally sustaining curriculum when all that matters to ERO and the MOE are literacy, numeracy and NCEA outcomes?
One commented, “If that’s all they want us to do I’d rather they just said so. Throw out all the rhetoric about culture, language, and identity, and tell us we only want young people who can read and write. At least then we’d know, and we could just get on with it.”
…So, Chris Hipkins, Ministry of Education, Education Review Office, NZQA, Teaching Council, and most PLD providers who have jumped through the MOE accreditation hoops – let’s just agree that your primary focus is assimilation and then stop talking about Te Hurihanganui, Give Nothing to Racism, or addressing “ethnicity-related discrimination”, and your children’s well-being strategy, until you get your own houses in order, do your own PLD on privilege and supremacy, and stop modelling, in fact requiring of schools and teachers, the very racism you purport to want to change!
Those of us working hard to genuinely change our colonial system see right through you!