National Standards

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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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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"I would have been declared a bit of a loser" Margaret Mahy

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

“I think you have to be very careful – partly because of my own experience as a child. When I was in primary school I was sometimes in very low…

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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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Professional Learning – It's a walk in the dark

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

A few years ago, teachers could ring an advisor at their local School of Education and say, “Hey, we’re doing science next term, I need some help.” But those days…

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Monoglots no more?

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

Around 1100 early childhood centres around the country offered Te Reo Māori, as well as English, as the language of communication at least part of the time in 2008-09, according…

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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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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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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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