Posts by Jane Blaikie

Funding Review: kids will miss out

Behind the spin, government proposals on how to reform school and ECE funding will see more kids missing out. The Cabinet paper just released shows that the government is looking to: bulk-fund teacher salaries, meaning there will be incentives for schools to employ fewer and cheaper teachers increase reliance on data and accountability to determine funding…

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It's all the teachers' fault!

Government ministers have made extraordinary claims about education in Parliament this week. It started with Housing Minister Nick Smith saying that falling levels of home ownership, particularly for Maori and Pasikifa adults, are due to poor education. Education Minister Hekia Parata then answered a series of questions from MP Jenny Salesa, and dug herself in deeper. Parata…

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Pearson, Gates privatise ed in Third World; us next?

Global corporates, like Pearson, and billionaires, like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg, like to put a positive gloss on their activities. So instead of saying, ‘We want to privatise public education because we can make huge profits’, and ‘We’ll trial it first in the Third World’, they say, ‘Our foundations provide education for poor children in the developing world’.…

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Inclusive ed PD from TRCC & Canty Uni

Everybody In: supporting the learning, participation and success of children and young people with disabilities in education This course, run in partnership with the University of Canterbury, is for all teachers and leaders working in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary settings with a desire to recognise and support ALL children and young people to be…

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New Children's Commissioner on 'neurodisabilities'

Interesting release here from the Dyslexia Foundation. New Children’s Commissioner, Andrew Becroft, is speaking at their forum, and clearly he is aware of the implications of learning disabilities. Does he also know about the chronic underfunding of special education in NZ? Does he know that educators cannot get the support they need to support students with learning…

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Tell Pearson

Unsurprisingly, Pearson’s directors have recommended that shareholders vote against a resolution that calls for a change to their business model. This is the latest from the American Federation of Teachers: The largest education conglomerate in the world says its business model is strong, but the Pearson name is toxic in the United States, at least…

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Why Pearson?

Why have NZEI Te Riu Roa members joined with 100 education unions, pension funds and others in a campaign to persuade Pearson to change its business model? On 29 April, NZEI’s National Secretary, Paul Goulter, will be at Pearson’s AGM in London, as part of a delegation leading the campaign. Shareholders, including the New Zealand…

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eLearning in kura – Ka rawe!

So say academics and teachers. In fact, turn it around and say what’s good for Māori learners is usually good for all learners, says Cath Rau, chair at Kia Ata Mai Educational Trust. The power of technology is about how you use the tools, not the tools themselves. Principal Ripeka Lessels at Māori medium school…

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Oops, but the jobs won’t be there

What does it mean for educators when large numbers of students are looking at a lifetime of low-wage jobs ? What does it mean for education? Professor Hugh Lauder explains At a series of lectures around New Zealand you raised the spectre of a global economy awash with unemployed university graduates. What’s going on? Some…

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Rock your style!

Best apps Pic Collage for Kids (iOS) Pic Collage for Kids is the digital version of the age-old favourite. It can be used to create a collage that tells a story or to showcase children’s research. Collages made in the app can be shared with Blogger or combined with ThingLink . And it gets the…

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