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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Comments on Government Control of Education

I am real anti government control of education. Really. And their control of preschool education is terrible. Check this out.

Basically, a preschool is closing down, because the preschool teacher, does not have a Diploma of Teaching. Tammy Tangaroa, the preschool teacher who can no longer run the preschool centre, has had 23 year experience preschool teaching. She also has a childcare qualification.

In 2000, the Ministry ruled that by 2004 teachers in charge of early childhood centres must hold a Diploma of Teaching (ECE), regardless of any other qualifications or experience. - The NZ Herald

Well for goodness sake! Why on earth does the government make decisions like this? Last time I checked, it was not compulsory to send your children to preschool. So why does the government feel it has to legislate preschool activities and business to death! If parents are unhappy with the way a particular preschool works, they will vote with their feet....or children.

Furthermore on a practical side, we must get away from this ridiculous notion that to be able to do something, you need a qualification that says you can do it. Little pieces of paper have never rid our education system of plonkers. Why on earth should people who are going to teach preschoolers need a three year diploma anyway? We allow parents to look after and train their preschool kids without having qualifications. And from recent experience with ERO, it seems like the government doesn’t have education in mind for preschoolers. So why on earth is there so much legislation around preschools?

Answer: Governments will always attempt to gain control of more and more. We must be wary of new legislation – because invariably it will affect our freedom.


  • I was considering setting up a computer repair/maintenance shop when I read that. I don't have the papers, but I have the experiance. But probably not the man power to deal with it which is why I haven't done so already.

    If the government wanted me to be registered before being allowed to reinstall windows then I'd probably do it anyway. Because from the position of being in the field I know experiance and results are far more important than pieces of paper. Ditto preschools.

    Additionally, preschools are more important than computers. Although I can see the day coming when conmputers will become preschools.

    By Anonymous Allan, at 12:51 AM, July 13, 2005  

  • Although I can see the day coming when conmputers will become preschools

    I certainly hope my computer does not become a preschool!

    But anyway! nice stuff. It is very bizarre that something that is not compulsory is monitored and regulated so much.

    Hmmm our government is acting like control freaks

    By Anonymous Jonathan, at 11:48 AM, July 13, 2005  

  • our government are control freaks.
    personally, i'd take the person with 20 years experience over the kid with the shiny certificate any day.

    i think alot of other people do also, which is probably part of the reason why it took me so long to get a job.

    heh, peace out, homies.

    By Anonymous carl, at 12:37 PM, July 13, 2005  

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