Opinion

The purpose of education

By Ivan Snook 1 October, 2014

Since the beginning of the Western tradition there have been two rival models of education. The first, exemplified by the Greek Sophists, demands that schools prepare young people to be…

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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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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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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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The play's the thing

By Anna Chin 29 April, 2014

Michele A’Court’s childhood repertoire included scenes from Shakespeare, Chekhov and a role as a little footman. The stand-up comedian and actress is more likely to be performing her own work…

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The Kindergarten Journey

By Melissa Schwalger 14 March, 2014

My son was just two-and-a-half years old when he started kindergarten. On his first day, I wondered how my baby would cope being away from me for the first time.…

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Nothing Trivial about primary school

By Amanda Hanan 2 January, 2014

Actor Nicole Whippy is convinced her primary schooling is the reason for her success today. She talks to Amanda Hanan. Primary school was “extremely positive” for Nicole Whippy, one of…

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Licence to print money?

By Jane Blaikie 26 October, 2013

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then the system of school interventions designed to help in times of trouble is going bad with the best will…

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Digital learning – coming, ready or not

By Diana Clement 18 July, 2013

Key points Ultrafast broadband and the Network for Learning are transforming the classroom. Teachers need more professional development to make it work. Academics are concerned that the implications of this…

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Light inside the tunnel

By Michelle Nixon 6 April, 2013

Specialist education staff at the Ministry of Education, who work with some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children, have settled their collective agreement after making a commitment to “work to…

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