Cameron "WhaleOil" Slater has caught himself a big, big fish. Someone from a Board of Trustees somewhere is breaking ranks, and e-mails are being leaked hither and yon. All the e-mails released so far by WO are from the desk of Perry Rush, the principal of Island Bay School in Wellington. Mr Rush is, as we blogged on Wednesday, a vociferous critic of National Standards. Some of those e-mails can be viewed here; others can be viewed here.
There's obviously a concerted anti-government agenda at play here. And one of the leaked e-mails delivers this wonderful line:
A few things to be aware of:
1 The Ministry have stated they will be ringing each school. Please remain firm during these calls and stick to the party line.
We can't help but wonder what party Perry Rush is talking about! And another of the e-mails leaked to WhaleOil closes in the name of Mr Rush and his Board chairperson, Jane Forrest, but interestingly, has been sent out under the e-mail signature of the Auckland Primary Principals' Association.
Now, we commend the NZEI and the primary principals for finding an innovative Trojan horse to help them push their agenda. As each day passes, it has become more and more apparent that this campaign is not being led by Boards of Trustees, but by school principals. But they ignore one thing; National campaigned on the introduction of National Standards, and there is widespread public support both for their implemenation, and for plain-English reporting of results. Just as the PPTA is copping a backlash from parents angry at rolling stoppages in high schools, the NZEI and the primary principals risk losing the support of the very people upon whom their jobs rely.