Comeback kid

By Jane Blaikie 6 April, 2013

Her latest show, Agent Anna, “rated its little tits off” when it aired recently on TVNZ, Robyn told EA, sounding for a moment like her Cheryl West character from Outrageous…

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Joy Cowley pays tribute to Kiwi teachers

By Jane Blaikie 7 January, 2013

Speaking to thousands of bibliophiles at the world’s biggest book fair, Joy Cowley praised the work of New Zealand teachers who “do not sacrifice creativity on the altar of conformity”.…

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Leave decisions about schools to educators, not politicians

By EA Staff 10 July, 2011

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How testing and choice are undermining education Diane Ravitch (Basic Books) Diane Ravitch – author, researcher and education adviser to…

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What Standards?

By Jane Blaikie 23 October, 2010

About twelve years ago, I was at Grand Rapids University, Michigan, talking to a professor of early education who wanted to visit New Zealand. He said he needed to know…

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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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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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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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Protect librarians from cuts

By EA Staff 30 April, 2010

[g1_quote author_name=”John McIntyre” hide_author_image=”none” author_description=”Former teacher and children’s bookseller” author_description_format=”%link%” align=”none” size=”s” style=”solid” template=”01″] It is worth remembering, in a climate where everything now needs to be measured and tested,…

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