To prepare our future generations for meaningful participation in the global marketplace, can a ‘back to basics’ approach to education truly suffice? In the ongoing discourse surrounding New Zealand’s education system, a particular contention stands out – the role of mātauranga Māori within the national curriculum. Critics, such as libertarian commentator Damien Grant, argue that… Read more: New Zealand Education: Beyond Basics
Last month’s announcement by the Labour Party of proposed compulsory teaching requirements for literacy and numeracy sat me on the floor in disbelief. In fact, I had to read twice to check that this was an announcement from the Labour party and not the opposition. Implementing a policy that reeks of standardisation flies in the face of… Read more: Teachers, don’t let politicians devalue your contribution
Two days after Cyclone Gabrielle hit my hometown of Napier, I sat watching my 7-year-old niece erupting her homemade volcano on a very soggy back lawn. She squealed with delight as the baking soda/vinegar/food colouring mix hastily provided for her as entertainment bubbled over the crater. Read More
It was welcome news for teachers when the Prime Minister announced the new Minister of Education, Jan Tinetti. For too long, the education sector has been led by ministers and government officials who have never had the experience of standing in front of 30-plus children in a busy classroom on a daily basis. Read More
Do you have a household with children in it who are dreading the start of the new term? Do you already know that you’ll be dealing with daily reluctance to get to school or, even worse, a child who skips school and becomes a part of this country’s appalling truancy statistics?Read More
A groundbreaking plan to indigenise play to help learning at a Flaxmere primary school is set to be supported by a $200,000 grant. Te Whai Hiringa Peterhead is one of three in New Zealand to get $200,000 to develop te ao Māori activities that will help its pupils learn. Read More
Longworth Forest selected as part of Finnish “HundrED’s 100 Global EducationInnovations Project”Longworth Forest, a private education initiative for 5 – 7 year old children in Napier, New Zealand, has been announced by global education non-profit HundrED, as one of its 100 innovative education projects across the world, all of which have been gathered over the past two years.HundrED aims to share inspiring ideas and projects across borders to help improve the future of education globally.