Have a listen to the whole thing, and make up your own mind:
We can understand that there is considerable anxiety about the school situation in Christchurch. And we reckon that the Ministry of Education's efforts in communicating the proposals deserve a failing grade.
But does that justify the use of children in a political debate? Were parents asked for consent for their children to be shown on national TV waving their placards and clenching and shaking their fists?
There is a pivotal moment in the interview; around the 1:35 mark. Plunket asks Ms Bates:
I'm wondering if this isn't more a case of the teachers wanting to get their point across, and using the kids.
The reply was telling:
OK; the teachers do want to get their story across. But they would not use the children to do that.
Oh really. Using the children seems to be EXACTLY what the teachers are doing; and it's even more obvious here. Roger Waters' immortal words which head this post seem especially appropriate today.