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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.

Nats push stupidest education plan ever

Written By: - Date published: 2:26 pm, August 23rd, 2016 - 218 comments


It’s not April 1st, so I’m forced to conclude that this is a genuine announcement: Students to learn online from home instead of at school under major education reform.

All aboard the charter schools gravy train

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, May 21st, 2016 - 32 comments

money into pocket

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.

National standards – a failed crusade

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, May 3rd, 2016 - 260 comments


National told us “New Zealand elected a Government that promised to introduce national standards so that every single child could read, write, and do maths when they left school.”

Postcard from the “brighter” future

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, March 30th, 2016 - 31 comments


Evidence of growing poverty hitting “mid-decile” schools.

Family First on the important issues of the day

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, March 14th, 2016 - 13 comments


Don’t conservative cranks have anything better to do with their time?

Charter schools paid ideology bonuses

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.

Good money after bad into the bottomless pit of charter schools

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.

The great big list of John Key’s big fat lies (UPDATED)

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.

Education mess

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, December 12th, 2015 - 13 comments


Details of a mess in tertiary education published yesterday. On top of the mess in charter schools. National aren’t very good at this.

John Key’s hedge fund mate behind Teach First (NZ)

Written By: - Date published: 7:36 am, December 9th, 2015 - 195 comments

John Key's mate.

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).

NRT: Compare and contrast

Written By: - Date published: 2:16 pm, November 27th, 2015 - 2 comments


I/S at No Right Turn compares the government’s treatment of two very different schools. “National’s racism and pandering to the rich pervades every aspect of policy.”

The education review

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.

More charter school hypocrisy

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.

Even Catherine Isaac thinks Parata has no idea

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.

Hekia has gone rogue

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 5th, 2015 - 41 comments


Hekia Parata has announced that student achievement and not need caused by poverty will be a central part of any future funding system.

A schools league table that we need

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, September 4th, 2015 - 15 comments

shushing key

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.

Charter $chools

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, August 22nd, 2015 - 20 comments

money into pocket

Today’s Herald has an excellent piece on charter schools – School cash flows to owners’ pockets. What a surprise!

Well he would wouldn’t he

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.

What’s a charter school gotta do?

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, July 30th, 2015 - 7 comments


What exactly does a charter school have to do in order to be held accountable?

More charter school fiascos

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.

School lunches – Key vs data

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.

It’s great to be a charter school!

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, July 2nd, 2015 - 48 comments

rich guy and money

A charter school banks an “operating surplus” of $2.4 million, while state schools remain chronically underfunded.

Anti-union rant in The Herald

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, June 8th, 2015 - 72 comments


An anonymous editorial in The Herald this morning really is atrocious. Apparently the limited uptake one of the Nats’ pet education policies is all the fault of the unions.

National standards aren’t

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, June 3rd, 2015 - 67 comments


Further evidence that “national standards” are an omnishambles.

Schools under pressure

Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, May 31st, 2015 - 11 comments


Schools are not adequately funded for the job we ask them to do.

The education horse race

Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, April 9th, 2015 - 15 comments


On the one hand the government are pushing for more and more NCEA passes to feed the league tables, and on the other they are acknowledging that those passes are no longer enough to suggest success at Tertiary level and tightening criteria to exclude students. Mixed messages, perverse incentives, a giant shambles.

Shame shame shame

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, March 19th, 2015 - 206 comments

Angry John Key

Last night in Parliament National voted down Harawira / Turei’s Feed the Kids Bill, David Shearer’s Food in Schools Bill, and Phil Twyford’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill.

The Second Climate Change Problem

Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, March 12th, 2015 - 23 comments


Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence

Charter schools mess – what a surprise

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, February 21st, 2015 - 193 comments


One of National’s first five charter schools is a failure, and applications for new charter schools have been cancelled. Who could have predicted such a mess? Just about everybody…

Novopay cost us $45 million

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, February 19th, 2015 - 102 comments


It was announced yesterday that Novopay has cost the country $45 million more than intended. The Ministry of Education has accepted some responsibility but in terms of ultimate responsibility the Ministers involved, English, Parata and Foss should be held to blame.

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