Prime Minister John Key is today expected to unveil a plan that will allow the boards of some poorly performing schools to hire high performing principals with big pay incentives.
Dubbed “change principals”, the policy is bedded in the belief that the leadership in school can have a big impact on the quality of teaching and the quality of achievement.
It’s all part of National’s dream to model our schools – among the best performing in the developed world, or at least they were until National started ‘fixing them’ and we shot down the PISA rankings – on our business sector, among the worst performing in the developed world.
National’s true-believers will love this. Incentives! Leadership! Our schools will be awesome just like our city councils are now that they’re managed by lavishly paid CEOs!
Will ‘ordinary voters’ like it? My first thought is that we’ll be paying a bunch of well-dressed clowns with silver hair and nice teeth half a million dollars a year to run around their schools telling their teachers to ‘use synergy’ and ‘do more with less’ before giving them massive payouts when they bankrupt their schools and get sacked. People care about their kid’s schools – sometimes too much, and it’s an anxiety politicians exploit – but most people have the lived experienced that the highly remunerated CEO model is horribly flawed.