World Class? You’re only as good as your last game

The NZEI and PPTA keep defending any change in the NZ education system that threatens their patch or challenges the competence of their teachers with their mantra of “world class”.

You are only as good as your last game and…

New Zealand 9-year-olds finished last-equal in maths among peers in developed countries, in a survey published in December. Almost half could not add 218 and 191 in a test. 

Officials analysing the results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) test found there were “significant proportions” of Year 5 children who could not add or subtract simple numbers.

Hekia Parata is making the right sounds here. Will the unions see this as a need for kids or point the finger elsewhere?

And if this is bad for the middle range of kiwi kids – how bad must it be for the kids that the government is trying to assist with Charter Schools? The unions keep saying “no evidence” whereas the latest reports from overseas see change being made – especially for the target groups.


THANK YOU for being a subscriber. Because of you Whaleoil is going from strength to strength. It is a little known fact that Whaleoil subscribers are better in bed, good looking and highly intelligent. Sometimes all at once! Please Click Here Now to subscribe to an ad-free Whaleoil.

  • thor42

    Spot-on, WO.

    Oh dear – how will teachersrock spin this one…….?
    Great video too – Pink Floyd, my *favourite* group.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Sheep will be announcing a major policy to lift the Mathematics standard for kids. Sheep has realised that education standards have declined under Naked Emperor’s regime. Norman will be implementing a Maths levy on rich pricks to pay more for Maths teachers. Then see how our kids will be performing in such competitions.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Wonder how many Teachers can add 218 + 191 and get it correct?