Face of the day

LAWRENCE SMITH/STUFF Steven Hargreaves, Principal at Macleans College says the Tomorrow’s Schools recommendations would destroy the education system.

In this week’s?strongly-worded attack, Macleans College principal Steven Hargreaves wrote to parents and staff in the holidays to say?the proposed changes would “destroy the school system in New Zealand as we know it”.

Hargreaves joined?other heads, including?Auckland Grammar’s Tim?O’Connor, in revolting against the proposals.

Taking power away from boards would create “bland, one-size-fits-all” institutions and destroy the role of communities in schools, Hargreaves said.

He called on parents to oppose the recommendations?and said parents had already been quick to voice their backing for him.

Parents wanted to know they could?have an impact on their children’s education through the board of trustees’ parent representatives, he said. “To think that that’s going to be passed over to another faceless bureaucracy is what really worries them,” he said. […]