Author Archives: Kelvin Smythe

Labour’s primary school education policies hang in the balance (before they have even begun)

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

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Networkonnet and Kelvin Davis

About six months ago, I was frustrated with Chris Hipkins missing an opportunity to expose a serious fault in Hekia’s education system. The title of the posting was: If Chris Hipkins can’t do it give it to Kelvin Davis. Chris … Continue reading

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Triumphant unanimity in the Far North

It was November, 2009. In normal times websites like networkonnet should leave schools alone to survive the end of year, but these are not normal times – what has happened, and will happen, in the year’s concluding weeks will be … Continue reading

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Bruce Hammonds on using the immediate environment for expressing and learning

Personal writing is a means to let the children affirm that their own lives are significant and worth recording. By bringing their world into school we are in a way legitimising the children’s unique existence and, in a small way, … Continue reading

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Brief comment on Wairoa College

I respond to the Wairoa Star front-page article Thursday, July 27, in which the current limited statutory manager has gone and a new one, Lex Hamill, appointed. The Wairoa Star There have been a number of heroes in the Wairoa … Continue reading

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The moment it went wrong for being a principal

The idea in Tomorrow’s Schools was that if the government got the administration of education right, and principals followed suit with their schools, the appropriate curriculum implementation would devolve from that. And an appropriate curriculum implementation did evolve from that … Continue reading

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Clay in school

Another in the very popular arts series by Chris Graham Primary-school children find clay a wonderfully tactile medium to tell their stories. The manipulation of clay has a universal fascination for children. When given a tennis-ball sized piece of clay … Continue reading

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