So which is more precious – kura kaupapa or Tolley’s policy of going soft on them?

School principals say they want to be treated as “democratically” as Maori immersion schools in the roll-out of national standards, according to the NZ Herald.

But are the Maori immersion schools being treated more “democratically” than mainstream schools?

It’s more a matter of them being given preferential treatment, or favourable treatment, or special treatment…

And hence the mainstream schools are being discriminated against.

Alf accordingly would advise the aggrieved principals to take their wailings to the Human Rights Commission, except he thinks the commission is a waste of space, and anyway it tends not to recognise discriminatory practices if Maori happen to be the beneficiaries.

There is no doubting Maori immersion schools are being treated differently.

The development of the standards for the 68 kura kaupapa schools is happening more slowly and with longer consultation than in regular schools.

While the kura are working with national standards from this week, they may change and are not expected to be confirmed until 2011, a spokesman for Education Minister Anne Tolley said yesterday.

Principals’ Federation president Ernie Buutveld said there seemed to be “a double standard” operating.

Kura kaupapa were getting “a better democratic process”.

Oh dear. So he’s the bugger who sees this nonsense in “democratic process” terms.

Why couldn’t he simply say the Government is discriminating in favour of Maori immersion schools?

The Principals’ Federation and the New Zealand Educational Institute teachers’ union took part in the development last year of the standards in reading, writing and maths which were announced in October.

But the teachers want a trial.

Alf would happily send them for trial, charged with obstructing the implementation of government policy, and if that isn’t a crime, then he will start pressing for a law to have it made one.

On the other hand, he is dismayed to see the government going all soft and soppy on Maori immersion schools.

Mrs Tolley’s spokesman said that Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, which sets out the knowledge, skills and values for teaching in kura kaupapa, is not a translation of the curriculum.

While the regular standards built on existing curriculum development in literacy and numeracy, “the Maori medium standards have had to be developed from scratch”.

Mrs Tolley said on Tuesday the process was different in the kura kaupapa as there was not an existing body of evidence on which to build standards.

“We are just taking it very quietly with those Maori medium schools, making sure we get that right and preserve the tikanga which makes them so special.”

Mrs Tolley said she had to avoid jeopardising the good work happening in Maori medium schools.

“So it has taken longer to put that together and we are working with the sector to make sure that we preserve what makes them so precious.”

Precious is the right bloody word.

But it’s Tolley who is being precious. Too bloody precious for Alf’s liking.

She should have a chat with Crusher Collins about how to acquire a great set of balls.

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