I wonder if it has ever occurred to John Key or John Banks that the fact so many people leave school without an adequate education might not always be the school's fault.
Now they are embarked on an ideological crusade to introduce Charter Schools in an effort to improve the lot of children. Unfortunately for Key and Banks, the answer is not to set up schools with public money but no public accountability (I thought National were meant to be the fiscally responsible ones...), but instead to help lift families out of poverty.
In general there's not a lot wrong with our school system. It's not perfect, but it is miles ahead of the education systems in many other countries. Education is one of the things we do well, even if the results aren't always obvious.
But when the kids you're trying to educate come from broken homes, have behavioural issues and are coming to school hungry, it doesn't really matter what you try to teach them, because it probably won't make a difference.
I have a theory that John Key is more than happy to be seen to cave in to John Banks' demands, because they're things he'd quite like to do but doesn't have the political courage to announce as National policy. Now he gets to have his way while the other John looks like the villain.
Did you vote for this?