The basic argument that I (and many others) have always had with regard to the introduction of National Standards into New Zealand schools was that the system was being urgently imposed on schools without any trials as to the effectiveness of the proposed methodologies and not that it was necessarily a ‘bad’ system.

I came across an article by an American educationalist in the Wall Street Journal- I always read it, cover to cover [yeah, right!]. She is Diane Ravitch who has closely studied the system of National Standards introduced in The States under the presidency of George H W Bush in the early years of this decade. Her article is printed here, and sounds a loud cautionary warning to we in New Zealand.

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