Anne Tolley, Billboards, PPTA, Steven Joyce

PPTA declares war on education ministers

When all the fluff is stripped away, teacher unions exist so that:

  • Teachers who can’t teach can’t be stopped from teaching.
  • Those who can teach can’t earn more than those who can’t.

In my book, that makes the PPTA the educational equivalent of a Big Tobacco lobbyist.

They know that a teacher’s ability to explain and fascinate is what determines whether or not a child learns.

They know that the difference between a competent and incompetent teacher is the difference between children’s success and failure.

They know that one boring teacher can kill hundreds of children’s enthusiasm for a subject forever.

They know all this. Yet they still turn out stomach-churning ads claiming that they care about children. 

Well, this latest billboard surely confirms that they don’t.

Just when the National government is bringing some real-world standards to our increasingly dumbed-downed education system, what does this supposedly child-centred union do?

Publicly brands education ministers Anne Tolley and Steven Joyce as dimbulbs.

Wow, that’s really bright. The Dale Carnegie negotiation strategy: guaranteed to win friends and influence the employers’ employers.

Now I’m told the dimming campaign is really about the government’s decision to relieve you and me of the burden of paying for other people’s hobby classes.

Hard to say. The billboard gives no clue. But no matter.

Never waste a crisis, as the saying goes. And a grievous (and possibly unprecedented) insult like this can certainly be parlayed into a crisis.

The Nats should grab this slur as the perfect excuse to smash the teacher protection racket the way Margaret Thatcher smashed the miners.

If you ever hear a unionist sounding plausible about how national standards will stigmatise children, remember: their sole interest in your children is to keep the worst teachers in front of them.


4 thoughts on “PPTA declares war on education ministers

  1. The worst thing is that the billboards are so bad that unless you know what they are beforehand, you’re left in the dark (sorry about that…. no really).


    Yes – or you jump to the conclusion that New Zealand’s teachers regard their education ministers as dimbulbs.

  2. John,

    This is one of the best political commentaries I have read this year!


    Thank you Swiftman (or should that be Your Infidelity? :-)). I’m not expecting all comments to be this glowing, but I do think we need to get to the heart of the matter.

  3. YOu could try going to the dimming website if you really wanted to know. Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness!

    I could if I did, Bronwyn. But people driving past a billboard can’t. What they see is what they ‘get’.

    And isn’t ‘cursing the darkness’ precisely what the PPTA are doing? Insults are what you hurl at your enemies. So this is saying, “Joyce and Tolley are teachers’ enemies.”

    A lot of teachers I know would be ashamed of this.

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