Bring joy to class

By John McIntyre 30 September, 2015

It’s a serious old business being a student these days – our children are more measured, tested, compared and ranked than ever before. Hail then the teacher who can bring…

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The spark for bilingual education

By Michelle Nixon 20 January, 2015

It’s a Polynesian festival of languages in the Finlayson Park playground, plus a smattering of English and a dash of Mandarin. With a roll of 1100 it’s the biggest primary…

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The purpose of education

By Ivan Snook 1 October, 2014

Since the beginning of the Western tradition there have been two rival models of education. The first, exemplified by the Greek Sophists, demands that schools prepare young people to be…

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Rating well: New Zealand's public schools

By Jane Blaikie 23 October, 2010

New Zealand is doing much better educationally than countries that have tried the “standards” agenda of reform. Yet standards are notoriously difficult to measure” questions like who’s measuring what, against…

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Joy Cowley would have been discouraged by National Standards

By EA Staff 18 July, 2010

[g1_quote author_name=”Joy Cowley (Autobiographical notes, 2010, para 2)” align=”center” size=”l” style=”solid” template=”01″] In the early years at school, I was a slow and struggling student and I could have added…

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Protect librarians from cuts

By EA Staff 30 April, 2010

[g1_quote author_name=”John McIntyre” hide_author_image=”none” author_description=”Former teacher and children’s bookseller” author_description_format=”%link%” align=”none” size=”s” style=”solid” template=”01″] It is worth remembering, in a climate where everything now needs to be measured and tested,…

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It’s the BES (and a must-read)

By Jane Blaikie 29 January, 2010

Called School Leadership and Student Outcomes: What Works and Why, the latest in the Best Evidence Synthesis series is running out the door like hot cakes. Almost 8,000 of the…

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