Attack! 10 Holistic curriculum-driven leadership as against a control managerialist-driven one

Welcome to ATTACK! 

ATTACK! is a two-page occasional publication giving attention to the curriculum – the holistic curriculum.

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ATTACK! is for you, also to introduce to your colleagues. Each issue will be restricted to two pages. A cover graphic for a file or folder to store ATTACK! issues is available.

Most of ATTACK! will be concerned with the holistic curriculum which, if acted on, is a fundamental way to undermine the present undemocratic education system. Don’t be discouraged if opportunities to teach holistically are limited, do your best, be a guardian, and act as a witness to this culturally significant and inspiring way of teaching and learning.

To get in touch for comment, questions, and the ATTACK! issues to be sent to you personally:  ksmythe@wave.co.nz

Attack! 10 Holistic curriculum-driven leadership as against a control managerialist-driven one

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3 Responses to Attack! 10 Holistic curriculum-driven leadership as against a control managerialist-driven one

  1. Roger Young says:

    I couldn’t agree more with Kelvin’s writing in Attack 10. The idea that education promotes variety and creativity is essential for today’s children. About the only thing we know about what the world might be like for them in twenty years is that they will need to be creative and inventive thinkers. They will need to be diverse and able to solve issues. Our current system is driving towards a school system which attempts to make everyone identical. We are trying to make little robots. The concept that each person is to progress along an orderly prescribed line and be the same as everyone else at the same time is not only self defeating it is impossible to achieve.
    The real strengths in New Zealand education was in its diversity and independence of each school. We were once world leaders in primary schooling because of the diversity of our schools, not the similarity.
    We seem to be losing the ‘In the Early World’ creativity and holistic learning that made our primary schools so successful.
    Perhaps it was that success that frightened the neo-liberal business leaders into changing the schools back to producing the next generation’s unquestioning labour.

  2. John Carrodus says:

    An uplifting futuristic vision Kelvin. One I hope may serve as a cornerstone to young teachers and future educational leaders, parents and learners. The truth here is far to complex and subtle for politicians, multinational business and special interests to grasp – they see it as a threat to be snubbed out, a flicker in the brush that may ( one day hopefully ) spread.

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