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Rodney Hide too distracted to be a Minister

Posted by on September 24th, 2010

As previously noted the last time I asked Rodney Hide where the review of special education was I got a very short shrift.  The review was all but done when Heather Roy was unceremoniously dumped.  Parents, schools and families are anxiously awaiting the outcome.  They appreciated the work Heather Roy had done, but are worried the review seems to have disappeared. It is now a month since Rodney Hide became the Minister responsible for special education and we have not heard a peep from him on the subject.

I am strongly of the view Rodney Hide is not appropriate to be a Minister, and John Key’s continued defence of him is disturbing.  In addition he is clearly far too distracted to actually follow through on the important tasks of being a Minister.  For the good of all those involved in Special Education John Key needs to do the right thing and relieve Rodney Hide of his portfolios.


16 Responses to “Rodney Hide too distracted to be a Minister”

  1. Ianmac says:

    Do you think Grant, that there is a connection between Heather being rolled and Rodney taking over just as the report on Special Education was being finished? I wonder.

  2. Hilary says:

    I think there are many agendas going on and none of them are about improving the access of disabled children to quality inclusive education.

  3. Tigger says:

    Agreed, I suspect special education doesn’t rate a blip on ACT’s nor the government’s radar…

  4. Spud says:

    :-( Woe is the plight of the disabled kids :-(

  5. jennifer says:

    Grant, I think there’s a typo in your post. Should it not read ‘For the good of the country and the maintenance of high ethical standards John Key needs to do the right thing and relieve Rodney Hide of his portfolios.’?

  6. John W says:

    Act and Roger Douglas should not be allowed anywhere near Education.

    Our Education system is far too valuable to be a chopping block.

  7. Red under the Bed says:

    The perk is busted….
    Not like he did much anyway. He seemed to be more worried about cheap scandals and other silly stunts. Even Auckland his mainly out of his hands now. He really is just a secret member of national circle, all just he flies under the act name.
    We all knew that thou….

    Its Roger who you really got to watch for… he hasn’t give up his plan since being forced out in the late 80s. Don’t give him another chance!

  8. John W says:

    Roger is on a mission assigned to him.

    NZ is only regarded as a source of capital to be extracted.

    The idealogical example set by his previous forays have been valued as examples and propaganda in other countries. The destruction wrought has been ignored.

    His ilk rely in the subservience of common folk and in particular the dumb Kiwi.

  9. A Mother says:

    I have no doubt that special education is not high on there list of priorities.

    Children that are receiving special education are either not likely to reach ‘National standards’ why not focus on the children more likely to reach it type of attitude (not me, them) Or are way past and already meeting them so why bother with them, (gifted children also come under this category and most gifted children are surpassing the so called standards)

  10. Peter says:

    I think there is potential for Rodney Hide to be handed the Education portfolio at some stage.

    He shows a lot of composure when handling difficult issues like the Super City.

  11. Tracey says:

    Yea Peter, that’s cos he’s in total denial.

  12. Colonial Viper says:

    I think there is potential for Rodney Hide to be handed the Education portfolio at some stage.

    He shows a lot of composure when handling difficult issues like the Super City.

    I think Hide should get Internal Affairs, then he can hand out real passports to anyone in his caucus that needs one.

    By the way, nothing relatively difficult around the Super City has happened yet. That’s for the next 12 months when real implementation has to happen. Don’t be handing out backslaps quite yet will ya?

  13. Peter says:

    Hey I was only praising Rodney Hide for being able to do a plausible imitation of a Mount Rushmore face. Granite features!!

    And how would the ability to go into denial disadvantage Rodney Hide in a role like Minister of Education. As with Chopper Tolley, a Minister of Education needs to be in denial in order to retain a modicum of sanity!

    Speaking of which, I wonder if Labour can put together any kind of convincing manifesto for Education this time. Last election’s effort was absolutely pathetic as well as being absolutely too late!

  14. paul says:

    There is def something fishy going on re the special ed report – they sure are sitting on its release – must be full of potential angst. More unpopular cost cutting and resource slashing – in light of the issues around pay (including the actual moe staff) and national standards, I would go so far as suggesting that this fire is a little too hot for the education kitchen right now.

    Any idea on when its going public?