TVNZ: Goodbye Mr Smith


Greg Smith  (Source: Sunday)

Goodbye Mr Smith (15:18)

He was a nuclear strategist training to be a general in the US Air Force.

He was a high flyer who had held down big jobs all over the world.

But nothing could have prepared him for the battle at a New Zealand high school. Gregg Smith wanted to share his life experiences and love of mathematics with small town college kids.

How did it turn into a nightmare? What drove him out of town? Watch the video: Goodbye Mr Smith (15:18)


PRODUCER – Steve Butler

CAMERA – Dave Pierce and Clint Bruce

EDITOR – Will Kong


From the Smiths:

Updated 24 February 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here


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2 thoughts on “TVNZ: Goodbye Mr Smith

  1. This behaviour is discusting . i am a 14 year old student currently at a college that has a had a bad reputation via a teacher . This is appauling , mr smith just wanted to teach maths . i wouldnt even treat a teacher like that . this is not fair.

  2. This is a serious problem in New Zealand public schools. After the show was aired, I received information from teachers all over New Zealand with similar experiences.

    The problem is not limited to the schools: The support agencies (Ministry of Education, ERO, PPTA, Employment Relations Authority, Human Rights Commission) are also largely ineffective in dealing with the abuse going on in schools, This is true of abuse inflicted on TEACHERS, so I can easily imagine that students find themselves in a completely hopeless situation.

    If you’d like more information, the entire horrific story is in my book: “Bring Me the Head of the NCEA!” You can order it on-line. It’s a description of how I tried to deal with the abuse and how I was unable to find any effective help in dealing with the organised student and parent campaign to drive me out of my job. That campaign succeeded and cost me my job and my teaching career.

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