Pathways to a Grim Future
“The future is suddenly looking considerably bleaker for the young minds of New Zealand,” said a Libertarianz spokesman
today following the launch of Trevor Mallard's 10-year early childhood education plan, tagged ‘Pathways to the Future’.
“Mr Mallard's plan," observes Peter Osborne, Libertarianz Associate Spokesman for Education Deregulation, "involves
wasting yet more taxpayers' money bankrolling a scheme amounting to little more than grooming youngsters for his factory
schools - readying children for a school career of mediocrity. He will succed only in creating even more dimwits than he
is already churning out.”
Mr Osborne says that Mallard's stated goal to have all early childhood teachers forcibly re-train by 2012 (they must
all, says Mallard, hold a state Diploma of Teaching by then) is "a further step down a pathway of mediocrity. Mr Mallard
is clearly signalling that he intends to stamp out private providers and any alternative teaching methods to the
mainstream mediocracy; a continuation of his quest to ensure that the state has total control over every school in the
country, and hence over the mind of every New Zealander. Private providers are already struggling to cope with existing
requirements for forced retraining," says Osborne, "Mr Mallard intends now to tighten the screws on the private
providers and their staff."
“This isn’t education,” says Osborne. “This is thuggery perpetrated by a government against it’s own populace. It must
An angry Mr Osborne continues, “Children are getting the spirit and individuality knocked out of them thanks to the
factory schools of Mr Mallard and his predecessors. We shouldn't ask why as a consequence we have such large youth
suicide and youth crime rates," says Osborne. "Instead, we should ask why Mr Mallard and his ilk have been given such
power to destroy, and why we give them even more power."
Mr Osborne concludes: “Libertarianz will leave parents alone to decide for themselves the best education for their
children. We will disembowel The Ministry of Education, and hand over ownership of the state's factory schools to
parents and boards of trustees to run as they see fit - competing with private providers on a level playing field.
Taxpayers will keep their earnings, as is their inalienable right, to spend as they see fit. Libertarianz will allow
education to diversify and flourish in total freedom through the free market.”