No Standards, Finnish First

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

Finns have a reputation as innovators in electronics and mobile phone technology (think Nokia) as well as being serious, introverted people little given to policy flipflops of the kind that…

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Opinion: education, investment, productivity

By EA Staff 7 April, 2010

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a young boy who stumbled into the study of economics. He found his venture into the field far…

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Southern champ loved school

By Jane Blaikie 29 January, 2010

[g1_quote author_name=”Alison Shanks” hide_author_image=”none” author_description=”Champion cyclist” author_description_format=”%link%” align=”right” size=”s” style=”solid” template=”01″] It’s all about positive encouragement – and trying all sports. You don’t have to be in your sport at…

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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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Time to unwind

By Dave Hansford 6 December, 2009

Kai Iwi Lakes Thirty-five kilometres northwest of Dargaville, the Kai Iwi Lakes” Kai Iwi, Taharoa and Waikere” offer fishing, windsurfing, boating and swimming in sub-tropical climes. These dune lakes” Taharoa…

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Tension 2010 – national standards vs the curriculum

By Diana Clement 6 December, 2009

Southbridge School, Canterbury Southbridge School has taken a radical approach to its curriculum. Instead of seeing the entry point to the exercise as either: vision, value and principles, or the…

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Splendid Isolation

By Elizabeth Brown 6 December, 2009

Ask Te Hapua principal Rawiri Wihapi what the worst thing about isolation is and he says “power cuts”. Ask him what the best thing is and he says, “Just look…

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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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Languishing in the Lab

By Dave Hansford 21 September, 2009

This is no ordinary vege patch. For one thing, there’s no soil – just water bubbling through metres of hydroponic aquaduct. In fact, there’s no garden at all as such;…

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