Category Archives: Education Policy

The government dismantling of public education: and reflections on resistance

[Dedicated to Ivan Snook, my mentor, friend, and inspiration.] This posting explores public education being in serious difficulty – largely because the government is intent on dismantling it. But was where we are inevitable? And a personal philosophy of resistance … Continue reading

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Dear Ms Kaye from the NZEI executive (highly confidential)

Dear Ms Kaye from the NZEI executive (highly confidential) NZEI executive Highly confidential Dear Ms Kaye We’re still very excited about your appointment and looking forward to being modernised. We’re quite shivery in anticipation about that one but, in respect … Continue reading

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Terrific media releases: one from a teacher organisation, another from a political party

We have now had 26 years of Tomorrow’s Schools and in all that time, leaving aside national standards, no political party or teacher organisation has advocated a fundamental structural change; that is, one with implications for the philosophy of that … Continue reading

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A heartfelt plea from one of New Zealand’s great principals

Thursday 13th April 2017 Kia ora Former Minister of Education Parata Happy Retirement I would like to wish you well for your remaining months in parliament and on into your next phase of your life. As a principal of a … Continue reading

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In which Pooh looks for a 21st Century Education Part 2

In Part 1, Piglet and Pooh wondered about something called a 21st Century Education; Pooh said he’d found it but, in being asked what it was like, ignored the question, evincing more interest in the honey pot his head was … Continue reading

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Oh come on! Bring in the NCEA cavalry (Warwick Elley)

Staffroom photos help boost NCEA pass rates at North Shore’s Glenfield College ‘Schools can achieve any pass rates they want; it is simply a matter of being sensitive to believability limits and cheek. Principals keep their hands clean but they … Continue reading

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If Chris Hipkins can’t do it give it to Kelvin Davis Part 2

In many respects Kelvin Davis is more conservative than Chris Hipkins but Kelvin Davis listens and that is all we are asking. [I want to make it clear these postings are entirely my initiative. If Kelvin asked me to stop … Continue reading

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