Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, December 13th, 2017 - 74 comments
It’s great to see Chris Hipkins abolishing ‘National Standards’ as a matter of priority. This policy was nothing but an unfortunate bit of populism from the previous government, and a Prime Minister in John Key who specialised in band-aid solutions to problems that required stitches. While it may have made some people feel better that it […]
Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, December 7th, 2017 - 30 comments
The latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study results suggests that National Standards has been a failure.
Written By: - Date published: 1:09 pm, December 5th, 2017 - 83 comments
Jacinda Ardern has formally launched the Government’s free tertiary education policy.
Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, October 30th, 2017 - 58 comments
Chris Hipkins has announced that significant changes will be made to testing regimes for Primary and Secondary schools.
Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, October 28th, 2017 - 85 comments
I am a New Zealander living in Norway lecturing at NTNU, Norway’s largest University. For the last few months I have been thinking about the challenges of providing free post-secondary education. Norway offers free education for all students including international students.
Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, October 23rd, 2017 - 50 comments
This post is too long to read. Its purpose is to serve as reference material, a “one stop” snapshot of where we are as a country. The mess that the new government inherits. The consequences of the nine long wasted years of National. The magnitude of the challenge ahead of us.
Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, October 9th, 2017 - 20 comments
The complete mess that National has made of our health system got plenty of airtime during the election campaign. While it received less coverage, the education system is a mess too.
Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, September 14th, 2017 - 8 comments
“Students are the only group in society expected to borrow just to get by. We believe that students should be supported so that they can focus on learning the skills they need to contribute to a smart, innovative economy and a fairer society”
Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, August 29th, 2017 - 54 comments
As the Nats stand exposed in another apparent dirty politics hit, Labour gets on with the job of winning the election. Jacinda Ardern today announced new policy: Making tertiary education and training affordable for all.
Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, August 27th, 2017 - 124 comments
The centerpiece of National’s campaign launch was an education package that doubles down on the demonstrably failed national standards policy. Out of ideas.
Written By: - Date published: 12:25 pm, August 14th, 2017 - 100 comments
“Labour’s School Leavers’ Toolkit will help students learn to drive, understand practical budgeting, be equipped with workplace skills, and learn how our political system operates through civics education at school. Every secondary school will be resourced to provide these courses.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 21st, 2017 - 54 comments
Auckland City Councilor Richard Hills yesterday tweeted some of the things we would like to see fixed before a tax cut. You might want to add to the list. Good thing Labour is promising to cancel the cuts and spend billions more on health and education.
Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, July 20th, 2017 - 27 comments
According to Morning Report the Nats are calling Labour’s budget for more spending on health and education “a plan to waste more money”. Tell it to the people who can’t afford private alternatives and depend on the public systems.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, June 13th, 2017 - 35 comments
Labour is right to stress the many advantages that immigration brings to NZ, and right to address the major way in which it is being abused – student visa scams. Bill English has made National’s position clear, they would rather have the quick bucks.
Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, May 12th, 2017 - 21 comments
Not even joking.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, March 21st, 2017 - 137 comments
An excellent piece by Simon Collins in the weekend Herald. NZ’s educational scores in international comparisons are locked in a downward spiral. National’s ideology has failed, while we ignore successful models.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, March 14th, 2017 - 126 comments
Yesterday evening saw a well attended rally at Parliament to protest rape culture in NZ, and call for the teaching of consent in schools.
Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, February 24th, 2017 - 10 comments
This is what you get with a hasty, reactive, “top down” policy process.
Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, January 25th, 2017 - 20 comments
The problems we have identified many times, with privatisation of essential services, continue.
Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, December 14th, 2016 - 88 comments
A depressing feature in The Herald this morning explores the exploitation of migrant workers. The same pattern as the private sector’s treatment of foreign students. This paints a shameful picture of New Zealand. Greed has made us forget who we were.
Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, December 9th, 2016 - 108 comments
Charter schools are fiddling their results. Just another example of the way that education for profit is all about profit, with education hardly getting a look in. All of National’s ideological interventions in education are failures.
Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, November 23rd, 2016 - 130 comments
Revelations surrounding the role of fake news in the American election have been stunning. And the critical thinking skills that democracy needs to survive this trend are under attack in our education system.
Written By: - Date published: 1:35 pm, October 17th, 2016 - 6 comments
In August Hekia Parata announced her new COOL solution, that distinctly isn’t what it says on the tin.
Now’s your chance to submit your feedback on her proposal.
Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, August 29th, 2016 - 83 comments
Hekia Parata has stooped to a new low. She has lied. Openly and blatantly. I do hope the media and opposition MPs take this further.