A wealth of material flows in and out of the NZEI Information Centre. Recent highlights include:
♦ In the latest issue of NEA Today, the magazine of NZEI’s equivalent organisation in the US, educators talk about their role as social justice activists. “Educators are driven by purpose. There’s the day-to-day purpose of helping students learn, but there’s also a higher purpose—a calling—to help improve students’ lives, especially for the growing number who struggle with poverty. Educators refuse to stand by and ignore the gap between the equal opportunity America espouses and the socioeconomic reality they see in their schools…”

♦ New Zealand’s Bridget Williams Books has published a new title in its series of short books on big subjects: Wealth and New Zealand, by Max Rashbrooke “The most recent NBR Rich List has revealed the biggest proportional increase in wealth since the list first appeared in 1986. But what do these figures mean and what else do we know about New Zealand’s fortunes?” Following his groundbreaking work on income inequality, Max Rashbrooke examines how wealth shapes our experience. Drawing on previously unpublished data, he explores what constitutes wealth in New Zealand – where, how and why it is held. In doing so, he addresses how wealth has come to be so unevenly distributed, and why this imbalance is something we can no longer ignore.

♦ In Why Science is Sexist, Nicola Gaston, President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists, reveals the ways in which the discipline of science is sexist. From the under-representation of women to the argument that mental capabilities are gendered, Gaston demonstrates the extent of our unconscious bias against female scientists, and warns of its damaging consequences for science and for society.

♦ In Parliament, Opposition Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins asked a question on ECE funding.
And another one on the resourcing of education.

Pictured above: From the Archives, 50 years ago: Children at Mangere Bridge School “Enjoy a story in the sunshine”