Let­ters/ Nga¯ reta ki te kaita¯tari

The only cul­ture

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Clark’s Labour Gov­ern­ment em­bed­ded poli­cies such as sus­tain­abil­ity and so­cial jus­tice into our school cur­ric­ula. But it was over the Treaty of Wai­tangi the most bla­tant po­lit­i­cal ma­nip­u­la­tion is seen. The treaty is now in­ter­wo­ven in all sub­ject ar­eas at all cur­ricu­lum lev­els. But as if that is not enough, the Maori Party an­nounced last year that as part of their coali­tion deal with Na­tional a stronger Maori fo­cus would be brought into the cur­ricu­lum through the spend­ing of $1.6 mil­lion over three years to strengthen the teach­ing of Maori ‘‘his­tory’’ in pri­mary and sec­ondary schools. The of­fi­cial pro­mo­tion of what amounts to Maori supremacy in schools, sends a sig­nal to stu­dents and fam­i­lies that the only cul­ture that mat­ters in New Zealand is Maori. This re­jects the cur­ricu­lum’s cul­tural di­ver­sity prin­ci­ple stat­ing: ‘‘The cur­ricu­lum re­flects New Zealand’s cul­tural di­ver­sity and val­ues the his­to­ries and tra­di­tions of all its peo­ple.’’ The symptoms of a fail­ing ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem are start­ing to show – lower than ex­pected in­ter­na­tional test scores, school leavers with­out ba­sic lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills, in­creas­ing num­bers of ter­tiary dropouts, ex­ces­sive po­lit­i­cal in­doc­tri­na­tion.

If this con­cerns you raise your voice. De­nis Shuker

Cam­bridge

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