Winter 2014

Investing in educational control

By Jane Blaikie 16 July, 2014

The National Party’s obsession with data and targets has lead to its proposed IES policy at the expense of child-centred learning. Michelle Nixon reports In January the government trumpeted what…

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Superhero teachers and saintly principals

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2014

NZEI teachers and principals will feature in a new book, Education and Poverty from Dunmore Press. But while these educators do an amazing job in militating the effects of poverty,…

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Russell Wills – Public hero number one

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2014

Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills credits an inspirational intermediate teacher with guiding his excessive energy onto a more productive path of helping others. He talks to Michelle Nixon. Russell Wills is…

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The Purpose of Education: a new frontier of parent-teacher interaction

By Cathy Wylie 14 July, 2014

In 1993 when Anne Meade and I started work on the longitudinal project that would become Competent Learners,[1] our first step was to define what the legacy of early childhood…

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Slamdunk for digital education

By Diana Clement 14 July, 2014

Technology writer Diana Clement accepts an invitation to trial a new portal and website for teachers. Network 4 Learning’s Pond.co.nz portal has launched and early users are giving it the…

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Too sick too learn

By Elizabeth McLeod 14 July, 2014

It’s been described as a disease that disproportionately affects the poorest of the poor. That New Zealand has one of the highest rates of rheumatic fever in the developed world…

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The Purpose of Education – critical and creative thinking

By Cathy Wylie 7 July, 2014

It is important that all students learn certain basic skills. The 3Rs – reading, writing and arithmetic – are, as Dr Cathy Wylie describes, “the spine of publically funded education.”…

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