Now usually I come from the camp that says, stick to your knitting, i.e. if your an actor don't get involved in poltics or commenting on social issues and maybe passing judgement on the state of the education system.
However I came across this interview with actor (one of my favourites by the way) Matt Damon. Having been positively vocal during the election campaign that swept Barack Obama to power, he is expressing some concerns about Obama's presidency. Then during the interivew he provides some great insight on matters education that I think apply to New Zealand as well as the USA, infact most western education systems.
...the idea that we're testing kids and we're tying teachers salaries to how kids are performing on tests, that kind of mechanized thinking has nothing to do with higher order. We're training them, not teaching them...