The Ministry of Education has a new victim: Al Madinah school in Mangere, convicted of "prioritising religion at the expense of the curriculum and segregating staff and students according to gender." Herald story here.
Now these values are not mine -- although they are it seems those of Bill English -- but they are the values of those parents who have chosen this school for their children. Some parents have certainly decided it's not for them and they've withdrawn their children, but those who have stayed are apparently pleased with their own decision. Whose business is it to make that choice for them?
The busybodies have decided it's their's. Al Madinah is penalised for not fitting the state's model. The ministry has its own propaganda for schools to peddle, and has no time for that of another culture.
The problem is that the factory school system has as its chief criteria for success pleasing a bureaucrat, rather than pleasing the parents whose children attend the factory schools. When the values of the parents are significantly different to those of the bureaucrat -- or of the ministry, or of the minister -- then the bureucrat will always win, and diversity and choice is the loser.
Is this really what we want?