Charter Schools mistake

A wee mistake in a media statement by David Seymour was picked up by the Greens without realising that it was a mistake.

Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education
18 July 2016 2:24 pm Media Statement
Seymour announces fourth Partnership Schools application round

Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour has announced a fourth round of applications to establish Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua (Partnership Schools). The fourth round will open in August, with successful Partnership Schools opening in 2018.

“The continuing growth of this policy reflects the achievement of the eight existing Partnership Schools, and the strong levels of interest educators and community leaders are showing in the Partnership Schools model and what it offers students and their families,” Mr Seymour says.

“In the latest application round we received 26 applications, which easily exceeded the available funding. I expect a high number of applications in round four as well.”

All innovative proposals are welcome. However, preference will be given to proposals that:

• make effective use of the model’s flexibilities

• offer innovative solutions for 0-8 year olds

• are large enough to be comfortably viable

• target students who are not well served by the education system

• bring together effective education, community or business partnerships

• have a focus on science, technology, maths and engineering (STEM)

• are not existing private schools seeking to convert to a Partnership School

Greens were quick to react, as they often are:

Monday, 18 July 2016, 4:08 pm
Press Release: Green Party

‘Charter schools for babies’ a bad deal for Kiwi kids

The Government’s plan to expand its charter-school experiment into Early Childhood Education will put children’s learning development at risk from an even earlier age, the Green Party said today.

The fourth round of applications to establish more charter schools was announced today by ACT MP David Seymour, and will prioritise funding for organisations that cater to children from the ages of 0-8 years.

“Early childhood education is critical to a child being ready for school and it is reckless for the Government to put that at risk for the sake of an ideological experiment,” Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said today.

“Targeting toddlers and babies for educational experimentation seems extreme, even for the ACT Party.

“Having Government-funded charter schools for toddlers and babies is another business opportunity for a few, but won’t help improve the quality of early childhood education across the board.

“Funding for education is great, but it needs to be backed up with accountability and oversight. Unfortunately, existing charter schools have shown that they are unable to provide this.

“Complaints about cultural awareness for Māori students, having far fewer students than contracted for, rewarding students with KFC, and student safety concerns are just some of the issues with current charter schools.

“It is disturbing to see that the Government is prepared to sell out more kids in order to secure the support of the sole Act MP, David Seymour.

“The state school system ends up having to pick up the pieces when these experiments go wrong, and it is children’s education that suffers.

“A greater investment needs to go into public schools that need it, not these experimental, and unproven charter schools,” said Ms Delahunty.

But the mistake was spotted once this went out.

Correction [5pm]: An error in a press release from David Seymour indicated that the Government’s charter school programme would be expanded into education for 0-8 year olds. This is not the case. Please disregard the below media release.

I believe that “offer innovative solutions for 0-8 year olds” should have referred to years 0-8. Even year 0 is a bit odd.

However toddlers and babies have been targeted for educational experimentation for years now with major changes to early childhood education.

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  1. Gezza

     /  18th July 2016

    A “French love the coq”-type brain explosion seems to have struck David S again.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  19th July 2016

      It was an obvious lapsus linguae such as anyone could make-it was obvious what he meant. Who hasn’t done this ? But for most of us, the lapsus linguae isn’t made in front of the whole country.

      I loved it that he laughed at himself over the coq on the flag one 😀 There are a lot of people who wouldn’t. How sad to be one of these. I have made an idiot of myself a few times in ways that still make me go hot and cold-but I can tell the story against myself and laugh at it.

      • Gezza

         /  19th July 2016

        Really?!! Garn, spill the beans hon, I won’t tell anyone. 🐻

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  19th July 2016

          Not the details of the worst one, as you might guess who it was I made a fool of myself with. All I’ll say is that I thought it would be funny to smile and wave like the Queen when I was walking along with someone who KNOWS her and he turned and saw me doing it. Nobody else thought it was funny, either, I just made an absolute idiot of myself and didn’t even make anyone laugh. . I can still see myself doing it. 😀 😀 😀

          A friend & I once thought that a lectern was a fixture. It wasn’t, and we knocked a full plate of beef stroganoff all over Bruce Mason’s light coloured trousers and (horrors) light coloured, obviously expensive SUEDE shoes. The worst of it was that he totally ignored Malcolm and me as we crawled around, apologising and trying to clean it off him.We might have been two flies on the floor.He just carried on talking to whoever he was talking to as if we weren’t there. Mlcolm and I somehow managed not to laugh until we were out of the room.

          Have you ever had the horn somehow go on and stay on when you were on the motorway ? I have. My ex wasn’t amused. I was.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  19th July 2016

            Now it’s YOUR turn.

            • Gezza

               /  19th July 2016

              Nah. Too embarrassing.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  19th July 2016

              You persuaded me to tell mine, and now you won’t reciprocate. Rotter. (runs away crying)

            • Gezza

               /  19th July 2016

              Aww .. no, that’s not fair of me is it? OK. When I was working in the HO of the zzzz department, after the sinking lid policy came in, and we’d had our first big restructure, most of the staff were PSA members, but nobody wanted to be the PSA delegate becoz they didn’t trust the new management & thought they’d make life even more difficult for them than it already was. So, like an idiot, I volunteered to do it on an unofficial basis – because I liked the new GM & he & I talked honestly about stuff so it was mutual.

              Anyway .. where was I? Oh…yeah … so …the PSA wasn’t making any headway with the pay negotiations & they wanted to organise a national walkout. So they asked me to try & coordinate with the official delegates in all the branches & I did it by email. Unfortunately, some of the staff had taken up Independent Employment Contracts because they got paid more, or possibly some plonker of a delegate left a copy of my email in a printer, & the next thing I knew was the GM wanted to have a chat.

              All got sorted in the end, but I had to send him an email apologising for some of the remarks I’d made about some of his branch managers. The walkout went ahead. Our pay was docked. We didn’t get any pay increases, but the GM & I still remained on good terms & he’d sometimes call me in to office to ask what I thought he should do about contentious matters.

            • Gezza

               /  19th July 2016

              I wz only teasing!! You jumped in too quickly while I was typing that story I just posted out. Sorry Kitty – my fault, should’ve typed it up first & just posted it. :/

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  19th July 2016

        This one wasn’t as funny as the other one. We all know that he wasn’t advocating new-borns’ education. I think that some people do, though-poor wee tots being subjected to this :-/

        I was reading at three. I learned all our initials,G, P, A, J, then had a lightbulb moment over the BREAD written on the bread bin; it didn’t just say B-R-E-A-D, it said bread ! I’d read my first word. There was no stopping me after that.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  19th July 2016

    Catherine Delahunty’s response is a tainy bit disingenuous. She must know that nobody except a few snooty, point-scoring parents would try to educate a newborn baby and that it was a lapsus linguae. It makes her look sillier than the press notice which was an obvious error.


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