Special education Update

By Jane Blaikie 18 January, 2016

NZEI member leaders have told Parliament’s inquiry into dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism that there is a growing number of students who are not getting their educational needs met because of…

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‘Educators are driven by purpose’

By Jane Blaikie 17 November, 2015

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…

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Principal overload

By Jane Blaikie 11 November, 2015

It’s no surprise to read that more principals are resigning through stress, burnout and increased liability. The Minister/Ministry continues to run the line that superhero principals can overcome problems in society that…

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The Orwellian world of cultural competency

By Heni Collins 1 October, 2015

Maori, Pacific and Pakeha teachers are calling on government to back up the rhetoric with funding and commitment. The doublespeak is wearing thin. Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013-2017, the…

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Big ECE centres less responsive

By Jane Blaikie 30 September, 2015

Another indicator that industrial-scale early childhood education (ECE) is not good for young children has emerged. ERO’s recent report Infants and Toddlers found that only 56% of services, in its…

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There is a better way

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2015

The Joint Initiative is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to boost the New Zealand education system. Will the Minister of Education give the go-ahead or will the government persist with its ideological…

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Pedagogies of hope; dialogical professional development

By Jane Blaikie 1 April, 2015

Introduction Students in poverty often do not reach their potential in New Zealand’s education system; this is largely due to reasons outside of schools’ control (see Snook and O’Neill chapter).…

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Free the poor – another world is possible

By Jane Blaikie 2 January, 2014

Sometime in the spring of 1937 my grandmother ran into a paddock in East Otago and called other people’s ducks from the sky. She recognised the ducks as domesticated, my…

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Kids' experiences leave long-term scars

By Jane Blaikie 26 October, 2013

He might not be superman, but Jonathan Boston is everywhere in the current debate on child poverty. He speaks out in public with as much passion as a professor can…

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Support staff aim high

By Jane Blaikie 26 October, 2013

Support staff head into this year’s bargaining with a call for sweeping changes to their collective agreement. They want recognition for their pivotal role in schools, a career path, better…

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