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: 7:02 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: 6:27 am, March 21st, 2017 - 38 comments
Bill English should have spoken out to dissociate his party from Price’s archaic views. Why hasn’t he?
Written By: - Date published: 12:23 pm, January 28th, 2017 - 14 comments
National needs to do something to address spiraling education costs in both the secondary and tertiary sectors.
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: 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: 7:34 am, May 21st, 2016 - 32 comments
Charter schools are pretty nice work if you can get it, no wonder groups are lining up. But there’s no evidence that they are good for education.
Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, March 30th, 2016 - 31 comments
Evidence of growing poverty hitting “mid-decile” schools.
Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, February 29th, 2016 - 30 comments
Charter schools showered with even more money for missing their targets. Something to do with forests, apparently.
Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, January 29th, 2016 - 73 comments
Yesterday the Nats confirmed the closing of a failed Northland charter school. Turns out we’ll be paying an extra $400,000 for the first quarter of this year, even though the school will not open. Brilliant.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 27th, 2016 - 76 comments
How many more lies will John Key tell today in his so-called State of the Nation address? Virtual chocolate fish to whomever guesses the closest number.
Written By: - Date published: 7:36 am, December 9th, 2015 - 195 comments
Julian Robertston, a US billionaire who made his money with hedge fund Tiger Management, Merryl Lynch’s largest customer when John Key was working there, is the man behind privatisation trojan horse Teach First (NZ).
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, November 4th, 2015 - 31 comments
National is initiating a review of education. They will of course be excluding consideration of resourcing and their sacred cows (national standards, charter schools). One possible outcome appears to be shifting resources from poorer schools to richer ones.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, October 9th, 2015 - 21 comments
Turns out the Education Minister overrode Ministry advice to protect National’s pet charter schools from being evaluated on their actual outcomes. Plus a bonus side order of hypocrisy on class sizes.
Written By: - Date published: 5:15 pm, October 8th, 2015 - 18 comments
When Catherine Isaac (wife of Roger Kerr (deceased) of the former Business Round-table and ACT party stalwart) is at odds with Parata, something must be amiss.
Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, September 4th, 2015 - 15 comments
The Nats have created the (spurious) data for school “league tables” so that parents can be fully informed and make choices, so they tell us. But it seems that parents don’t deserve to be fully informed about the dangerous physical health of schools. That would be just too inconvenient.
Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, August 3rd, 2015 - 52 comments
Key denies claims that he said Maori language month would be boring. Whatever the phrasing it’s clear that he was insensitive and a 16-year-old girl has been upset. Key should just do the decent thing and apologise.
Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, July 22nd, 2015 - 15 comments
Charter schools continue to hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Right-wingers continue to back them for all the wrong reasons.
Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, July 6th, 2015 - 29 comments
Key claimed that the number of hungry kids in schools was limited to “the odd one or two”. Everyone knew it was nonsense. Now a survey by the New Zealand Principals’ Federation indicates the true extent of the problem.