Headlines I'd like to see here

The government in the UK has had to act with growing debt. Here is the headline about how they have started to save money in the state sector.

Cameron Government swings the axe

Cameron Government swings the axe

If only our government had the courage to embark on reforming our economy. 10% cuts in a bloated civil service is of course still rather timid, but it could easily be classified as a good start. Instead we tinker around the edges and cringe as teachers and the PSA conduct political action against government policy under the thin guise of industrial action.

The national government here was elected with a set of policies that included national standards, the greedy teacher unions, who have enjoyed year on year salary increases of 4% for the past 3 years want even more.

Worse they cry like they are the poorest in our society and pinko ranters like Bomber squeal too;

I’m sick to death of hearing from this Government that they don’t have the money to give Teachers more, but this Government DID have enough money to give the richest NZers massive Tax Cuts.

Yet those teachers have benefited from those tax cuts because they are in fact almost all in the “rich prick” class that people like Bomber hate so much. They’ve had their pay increase, it was a tax cut. Now they should get back to the “chalk-face” as they so quaintly call it.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey knows how to sort out stroppy teacher unions and his plan wouldn’t go amiss here.

Unqualified teachers will feel the lash. The governor is demanding that teachers in kindergarten through fifth grade actually pass tests in reading and math in order to be certified.

?It might lead to the firing of lousy teachers and bad principals who hurt our children,? Christie said.

The governor wants to turn the old seniority system inside out and put quality teaching ahead of lack-luster performance. He will:

* Prohibit salary scales based on seniority

* Grant raises based on classroom performance

* Give tenure based on classroom performance

?We are paying a fortune for something that is not giving our children the hope and the?faith and the trust?that their tomorrow can be better than their today,? Christie said.

The governor said he would appoint a task force to come up with standards to measure teacher achievement.

Educational experts applauded the governor?s actions.

The current way of running our education system is demonstrably failing, it is time to smash the teacher unions, and Labour along with them, and start rewarding our excellent teachers and cutting the incompetent.

Chris Christie’s solution coupled with David Cameron’s axe-wielding would go a long way to improving the long term prospects of this country.