Winter 2010

See for yourself: The government's business case for PPPs

By Jane Blaikie 22 July, 2010

Education Minister Anne Tolley is pressing on with plans to privatise a significant chunk of New Zealand’s school property programme. It is looking increasingly likely that new schools and school…

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Who's the boss?

By Diana Clement 19 July, 2010

Teacher has chunk of flesh bitten from leg. Pupil stabs teacher. Boy smashes teacher’s head into wall. These headlines are all too familiar. It’s true that the majority of teachers…

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The unkindest cut

By Jane Blaikie 19 July, 2010

Taitoko Kindergarten has been transformed from a centre on the verge of closure into a thriving community hub, with nine registered teachers delivering quality education to largely Māori and Pacific…

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Faster broadband for better learning

By Sarah Jones 19 July, 2010

Thorrington School Principal Paul Armitage: “We will make better use of the internet’s data-hungry multimedia, video conferencing and online learning tools. It will open the door on twenty-first century teaching…

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Dry rot: PPP schools a step too far

By Jane Blaikie 19 July, 2010

The genie is already out of the bottle when it comes to privatisation of public education in New Zealand. Private providers of professional development, research, teacher training, classroom supplies and…

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Boy

By Kirstin Marcon 19 July, 2010

Boy is the top-grossing New Zealand film of all time, the lightning in a bottle that is both a unique cinematic vision and a commercially successful movie. In June it…

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Look out for the kids who are different

By Jane Blaikie 19 July, 2010

I was a shy little thing at school – a fact of which I am yet to be successful in convincing anyone these days – but it’s true. I was…

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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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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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The Place of Myth in Educational Change

By EA Staff 18 July, 2010

It has taken a long time for us to learn that no fundamental change can be brought about in schools on a national scale unless the average teacher understands the…

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