You might have seen or heard adverts in recent days urging people to nominate themselves to run for their local school boards.
So it’s kind of unfortunate timing-wise that a major battle is underway between the professional educational establishment and the National-led Government on the issue of national educational standards, as championed by John Key and Education Minister Anne Tolley.
Minister Tolley threatens to sack school boards if they don’t comply with the standards. That’s hardy an inducement for parents to stick their necks on the line by becoming elected officials!
Personally, I don’t think this is an easy issue. I’ve written an article in the current BayBuzz Digest, National Standards: Pass or Fail?, expressing one point of view.
Our regular columnist Mark Sweet has argued a different position in his article, National Standards: A Dangerous Thing.
I hope you’ll take a look at both … and weigh in. Then go nominate yourself for your local school board. Put your convictions to work!