Letter: Exploitation of migrants in ECE

By EA Staff 18 January, 2016

New migrants to New Zealand are being exploited in early childhood education services. This is one example I have come across. As an overseas student, “L” needed first to gain…

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TPPA threatens quality public education in New Zealand

By Debra Harrington 13 January, 2016

New Zealand public education will be seriously undermined once our government signs the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). NZEI Te Riu Roa National Secretary Paul Goulter says the deal puts…

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The government's secret plan to lift ratios in home-based ECE

By Jane Blaikie 14 December, 2015

The government’s omnibus Education Legislation Bill appears to include a change in home-based early childhood services that would lift ratios. This has serious implications for the quality of such services. The notes below…

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Why we should be worried about the super-profits Evolve Education is making in ECE

By Jane Blaikie 24 November, 2015

[g1_row] [g1_1of2] Education Minister Hekia Parata’s comment that the All Blacks are a great model for the education system (because they use ‘data’, have ‘high standards’, focus on ‘quality achievement’)…

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A bad case of spring fever

By Jane Blaikie 1 October, 2015

Reinforcements for the GERM (the global education reform movement) aka charter schools, privatisation, deregulation and high-stakes testing are coming to town. From October 15-17, Teach First NZ and Teach for…

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Big centres don't work for small children

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2015

EA has taken a lot of flak for exposing poor practice in large, for-profit ECE centres. But one highly respected provider also has concerns. Wellington husband and wife team Robin…

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Captain Electric brings light and hope to ECE

By Jane Blaikie 2 April, 2015

Charismatic teacher, performer and leader Karen O’Leary had an unlikely and unpromising start to formal learning. Even so, she now sees early education as “vitally important” and needing “the best…

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Someone needs to learn their ABCs

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2015

In 2008, the Australian government paid out $A22m when the ABC chain of centres collapsed. The banks reportedly lost over $1 billion and hundreds of staff lost their jobs. ABC…

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Be afraid: the privatisation of public education

By Michelle Nixon 29 April, 2014

We all know the outward signs of privatisation” taxpayer funded charter schools plus the cut that private schooling takes from our public education dollar. But what about the hidden privatisation…

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Unchartered waters

By Michelle Nixon 6 April, 2013

The original charter schools were started by teacher unions in the United States more than 20 years ago to enrich the public school system by trying out new ways of…

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