Policy

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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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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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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Standards miss the richness of our kids

By Jane Blaikie 18 July, 2010

“There’s a great deal of confusion,” says Jan Tinetti, principal at Merivale School, which has a 98 percent Maori role. “Four years ago our kids were failing, we were one…

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It's Just Politics

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

The government is steamrolling on with its national standards policy despite the deep concerns of teachers, parents, principals and academics’”and a well supported NZEI campaign to Trial the Standards, Not…

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Silver lining to the ‘H’ bomb

By Jane Blaikie 29 January, 2010

First-year principal Chris Derbidge was up at 6.30am getting ready for work when the phone rang. “Look at the Dompost, and get down to school,” said a shaken voice at…

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National Standards

By EA Staff 29 January, 2010

The government’s literacy and numeracy crusade in the form of national standards has been portrayed as the most important educational initiative for the past 20 years. Maybe it is—but more…

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National standards sap spirit of inquiry

By Jane Blaikie 21 September, 2009

Detractors aren’t mincing their words over the government’s plans with comments in the media and on forums such as:half cooked proposals,strip mining of the curriculum in arts, creativity and innovation’,education…

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