Category Archives: Political

A coherent analysis would require Labour to respond in a coherent way

Labour has made a timid, philosophically fragmented start to its primary school policy implementation; and one that looks destined to continue. From a consideration of its recent history we should not be surprised. It is a political party that ever … Continue reading

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Jacinda: Labour’s school education reforms look set to fail

Memo: Other than the abolition of national standards, the last time I heard anything hopeful and inspiring about Labour’s school education reforms was when you said that creativity and imagination was about to return to schools. Your minister of education … Continue reading

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On the steps of parliament: protest against ERO

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

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An evening with Lockwood

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

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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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Attack! 119 The government dismantling of public education: and reflections on resistance Part 2

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

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