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Primary School Diaries
by Kelvin Smythe
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Monthly Archives: August 2017
I never saw much future in the Key Competencies: I predicted they would be considerably talked about and showily displayed but wretchedly acted on. The problem being that the system they are supposed to function in is incompatible with them. … Continue reading
The article is headed ‘Can we trust the teachers?’ For some reason, Simon Collins, the Herald education reporter, decided to put trust in teachers under scrutiny not politicians and bureaucrats. Why not ‘Can we trust the politicians and bureaucrats?’ Poor … Continue reading
Tomorrow (Friday 1 April) I will be standing on the corner … Tomorrow at 10am, with my nine-year-old granddaughter, I will be standing on the corner of Portage Road and Kinross Street, opposite Titirangi Golf Course, to honour my aunty … Continue reading
This book review encompasses just about everything that needs to be known about children’s writing and makes a mockery of the grotesque Wow! national standards-Hattie culture of today. As I go through the review, readers will come across small matters … Continue reading
Timed for the opening of parliament 1996: New Zealand First in coalition with National On Wednesday, 11 December, I pointed my car down my driveway in Cambridge, turned right, and right again, and headed south. It was my appreciation that … Continue reading
One of the marvels of contemporary political and education life is that Lockwood Smith was such a hopeless minister of education and such a good speaker of the house. (Probably rules and thinking in straight lines are his forte.) Lockwood’s … Continue reading
Is this going to be a bold Labour Party or a timorous one? If the school review policy is not changed, that will dramatically reduce benefits from the abolition of national standards and other potentially positive changes. On a personal … Continue reading