Pleased with David Shearer's speech on education yesterday, two aspects in particular:
1. Making the link, explicitly, between poverty/inequality/social inclusion and educational success. We have a long tail at heart because the poorest and most vulnerable in NZ are left out.
2. Practical changes that will tackle that problem in the short and long term, and at the same time having a plan to improve school quality that will actually make things better instead of just trying to scare parents.
Education is at the heart of a free and equal society. It's an issue the public knows we get. It sums up much of what Labour stands for in an entirely practical way: the chance for everyone to learn and grow.