Global Education Reform Movement

Seizing success from the jaws of the GERM

By Jane Blaikie 18 January, 2016

Smart schools are taking a cautious approach to the new Communities of Learning (CoL), rejecting the one-size-fits -all model and working according to evidence, need and proven records of success.…

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TPPA threatens quality public education in New Zealand

By Debra Harrington 13 January, 2016

New Zealand public education will be seriously undermined once our government signs the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). NZEI Te Riu Roa National Secretary Paul Goulter says the deal puts…

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Everybody wants success in education like the Asian power-houses, except the Asian power-houses

By Jane Blaikie 11 January, 2016

Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, and Shanghai have some of the world’s highest ranked education systems – so why are they undergoing drastic reform? Those who remember Yong Zhao from NZEI’s…

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Summer reading

By Sharon Jones 22 December, 2015

Holidays are here, time to curl up with a good book.  These are hot-off-the-press titles on education and social issues to explore. A new addition to telling the story of New Zealand’s…

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The government's secret plan to lift ratios in home-based ECE

By Jane Blaikie 14 December, 2015

The government’s omnibus Education Legislation Bill appears to include a change in home-based early childhood services that would lift ratios. This has serious implications for the quality of such services. The notes below…

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Exam factories – or not? UK parents asked. Why not in NZ?

By Jane Blaikie 1 December, 2015

What’s it’s all about? Why do we even do it? What’s the point of education? UK parents will get the opportunity to say what they see as the purpose of education,…

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Listen up, Ms Parata

By Jane Blaikie 27 November, 2015

For the second time this month, the Minister of Education has announced significant changes to education law that have profound implications for the New Zealand education system. As discussed earlier, this is…

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The Politics of Education

By Jane Blaikie 24 November, 2015

Education is now so politically complicated that student teachers are being offered a summer school paper in it. The Politics of Education is being offered by the University of Canterbury…

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Why we should be worried about the super-profits Evolve Education is making in ECE

By Jane Blaikie 24 November, 2015

[g1_row] [g1_1of2] Education Minister Hekia Parata’s comment that the All Blacks are a great model for the education system (because they use ‘data’, have ‘high standards’, focus on ‘quality achievement’)…

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New research shows flaws in National Standards

By Jane Blaikie 17 November, 2015

Research from the US and Denmark shows that delaying a child’s first day of school for a year reduces the chances of hyperactivity and inattention, meaning children do better at school.…

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