Just as New Zealanders are celebrating the latest legislation change that brings an end to discrimination against same-sex couples having the right to be legally married, we are opening up a whole new opportunity for discriminatory practices to flourish, Harding wrote.Does Harding want an unchallenged state school system to brainwash kids into believing that same-sex marriage is right? Besides, who is celebrating? Possibly only the 230 same-sex couples who may want to tie the knot this year. Is Harding one of those?
There would be nothing to stop any group setting up a charter school and teaching Kiwi kids that discriminatory practices are to be valued and that evolutionary theories of science are wrong.Don’t think for a minute that Harding is against discrimination. He is only against the discrimination he does not like. He would freely discriminate against those who disagree with same-sex marriage.
As for his fervent belief in the 19th century faith known as evolutionism, Harding appears to believe that evolutionary theories are correct and anything else is incorrect when I fact there is a lack of any overwhelming proof (beyond current scientific theories) on either side.)
Interest in charter schools from religious groups has been significant, said Harding, and the religious beliefs they follow are inconsistent with the values of wider New Zealand society, he said.So, if Harding is zealously anti-religion, what’s his position on the official adoption of Maori religion? What’s his position on social justice advocacy that comes from, yes, Christianity?
There has never been any evidence that the New Zealand tax payer is crying out for another choice of school and no political party, including John Banks’ ACT party, promoted such policy during the last election campaign,’ said Harding.Hmm, ACT’s website notes that “education policy in Australia, Sweden, parts of Canada and the United States, and Great Britain is showing the benefits of making education more market-like and entrepreneurial. Such policies lead to a wider range of education opportunities being available. ACT supports de-centralisation in education, giving more autonomy to principals and teachers and more choice to students and parents."
Obviously, Harding, as a principal, does not want more autonomy.