The NZ Herald is today running a story that National Standards are appalling because schools are focussing on Reading , Writing and Arithmetic instead of lame subjects like art, social studies and basket weaving.
The report is from Martin Thrupp an avowed opponent of National Standards.
Primary and intermediate school teachers are being overworked and some subjects are prioritised at the expense of others, says a study into National Standards.
The latest report from the Research, Analysis and Insight into National Standards (Rains) project is released today. It analysed how six schools from around the country fared with National Standards.
Waikato University professor Martin Thrupp, who led the study, said worrying trends had popped up in schools since the standards for reading, writing and mathematics were implemented in 2010.
Those subjects had become the focus for some schools who wanted to make sure its students were meeting national levels. This meant subjects such as art, history, social studies and other activities had been left behind.
One school had begun a series of uninterrupted sessions in literacy and numeracy from 9am-11am every day. Read more »