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.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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