National Standards

Comeback kid

By Jane Blaikie 6 April, 2013

Her latest show, Agent Anna, “rated its little tits off” when it aired recently on TVNZ, Robyn told EA, sounding for a moment like her Cheryl West character from Outrageous…

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League tables: the media's new poverty porn

By Jane Blaikie 7 January, 2013

An initial flurry of attention by commentators and politicians quickly waned as it became obvious that all the data had to show was a form of poverty porn: decile 10…

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GERM warfare

By Jane Blaikie 27 October, 2012

Charter schools Legislation to allow publicly-funded private charter schools to be run by people with no teaching experience and to employ unqualified and unregistered teachers will be introduced to Parliament…

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Skill 'em or drill 'em

By Michelle Nixon 27 October, 2012

[g1_row type=”default” color=”none” background_repeat=”repeat” background_position=”center top” background_attachment=”static” background_scroll=”none” padding_bottom=”3rem” padding_top=”4.5rem”] [g1_1of1] Skill ’em – Finland A free public education system with small schools, small classes, and rigorous teacher selection and…

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I Love Learning

By Jane Blaikie 27 October, 2012

Students from all around the country uploaded more than 2000 artworks to the “I Love Learning” website. [g1_row type=”default” color=”none” background_repeat=”repeat” background_position=”center top” background_attachment=”static” background_scroll=”none” padding_bottom=”3rem” padding_top=”4.5rem”] [g1_1of1] Students from…

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The war on education

By Michelle Nixon 26 July, 2012

The government’s preoccupation with charter schools, performance pay, national standards, league tables and public-private partnerships is part of a global movement known as GERM (global education reform movement). It’s  based…

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What Standards?

By Jane Blaikie 23 October, 2010

About twelve years ago, I was at Grand Rapids University, Michigan, talking to a professor of early education who wanted to visit New Zealand. He said he needed to know…

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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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Vision or Nightmare?

By Jane Blaikie 22 October, 2010

This report proposes radical changes to initial teacher education, “standards” against which teachers would be assessed, and performance pay-style “rewards” to be administered by principals. Unfortunately, its more laudable aim…

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Twenty fundamental flaws in the National Standards policy

By Jane Blaikie 18 July, 2010

The National Standards policy assumes “One Size Fits All”. But our children vary enormously in backgrounds, interests, needs and abilities. They learn best if their teaching is pitched just above…

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