Tuesday, August 16, 2005

(Libertarianz) 'NCEA Victim' to Bring Home Mallard's Chickens

Hutt South Campaign

'NCEA Victim' to Bring Home Mallard's Chickens

Eighteen-year-old Phil Howison launches his campaign today against Education
Minister Trevor Mallard in the seat of Hutt South. Libertarianz candidate
Howison says he is "a victim of the NCEA" and is "now free and running for
Parliament with one mission: to get the government out of education."

"State education is one of the worst violations of our rights in existence,"
Howison says. "My experience in the government's factory schools has
convinced me that education is too important to be left to the government.
Government schools are ineffective, unpleasant, and wasteful."

Phil Howison's proposed solution is the complete separation of school and
state - he would give schools back to parents and teachers, removing all
central controls. "Your children are not the property of Helen Clark or
Trevor Mallard. Why shouldn't YOU decide where and how they are educated?"
he asks. "Government-controlled education is the enemy of diversity,
independent thought and initiative. A greater variety of schools -
voluntary, independent, alternative schools - will enable happier, more
highly-achieving students, with education tailored for their needs and
situation, and schools where they are respected."

Phil Howison flays Trevor Mallard's performance as Education Minister. "As a
victim of the NCEA - invented by National and introduced by Labour - I know
what the problems with it are," says Howison. "The NCEA hides failure by
making achievement meaningless. The scholarship exam problems, and Mallard's
attempted cover-up, were disgraceful but entirely predictable."

The Libertarianz candidate won't stop with education, though. "Government
mismanagement of functions such as health and transport also threatens us.
Government policies such as taxation and drug prohibition are outrageous
violations of our liberties. Libertarianz pledge to trim the government back
to the most limited role - as a guardian of our freedom: providing a justice
system, police force and defence force."

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