I was recently asked for my views by an advocate of the public choice theory of education. In brief my views are:
While I am concerned about wasting taxpayers funds and also about poor performers in public education I am also encouraged by those examples of quality and innovative teaching in the profession. I’m encouraged that there remains some semblance of parental and community governance through New Zealand’s Board of Trustees structure. I also believe that government has a role to play in ensuring that all citizens have access to affordable, high quality education. That does not mean that all provision should be by government. Ultimately we need an education system that is focussed on best outcomes for children and helps every individual student develop their full potential.