Magazine

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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Slamdunk for digital education

By Diana Clement 14 July, 2014

Technology writer Diana Clement accepts an invitation to trial a new portal and website for teachers. Network 4 Learning’s Pond.co.nz portal has launched and early users are giving it the…

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Too sick too learn

By Elizabeth McLeod 14 July, 2014

It’s been described as a disease that disproportionately affects the poorest of the poor. That New Zealand has one of the highest rates of rheumatic fever in the developed world…

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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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Make way for Minecraft

By Diana Clement 29 April, 2014

More and more Kiwi teachers are logging on to the internet phenomenon Minecraft– to use it as an educational tool. Diana Clement reports. Minecraft has been likened to virtual Lego:…

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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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Be afraid: the privatisation of public education

By Michelle Nixon 29 April, 2014

We all know the outward signs of privatisation” taxpayer funded charter schools plus the cut that private schooling takes from our public education dollar. But what about the hidden privatisation…

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The terrible toll of transience on our schools and students

By Elizabeth McLeod 28 April, 2014

Last year, nearly half the 167 kids enrolled at Hamilton East School had left by the end of the year: not counting Year 6 leavers. If this wasn’t disruptive enough,…

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Charter schools: a disastrous start

By Jane Blaikie 2 January, 2014

Just as educators had feared, charter schools have brought trouble to South Auckland” they’re proving divisive and are soaking up resources that are urgently needed by local schools. “We had…

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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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