The Education Ministry is prosecuting the parents [of Raupunga School] after repeatedly warning them they have been breaking the law since January 26 by sending their children to an unregistered, unauthorised Maori-language school set up at Te Huki Marae.Once again, the Minstry of Mis-Education is telling parents that their children are "not necessarily getting proper schooling," and once again parents are standing up and saying 'we'll make our own judgement on that, thanks very much.'
Good for them. It's well past time that state and school were separated, and parents left free to make their own choices regarding their own children.
Might I suggest to parents at both Raupunga and Orauta school however that they should reflect on two old and wise sayings: first, that 'he who has the gold makes the rules.' As long as you're taking money from the government (who are of course taking it from the taxpayer) then you can expect the government to boss you around. That's the deal.
And the second thought on which to ponder: A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have. So be very careful what you ask for.
It's a lesson many people have still to learn.