Not like Bryan Bruce’s TV3 “documentary” wasn’t premeditated

This Tuesday night TV3 have a documentary where “journalist” Bryan Bruce “investigates” NZ schools and tells us the “system is broken”. It is not when Charters are mooted but is otherwise

He thinks Finland is where we should be looking to, just like David Shearer once thought:

He believes not only that a centralised education system, such as Finland’s, is best, but also that inquiry learning that teaches critical thinking is the way to go.

I’m not sure the teacher unions would like the Finnish solution for schooling. I covered this before:

“[Teachers] have to be educated at least to Master’s level, even for primary school teachers, and are thoroughly immersed in educational theory.”

Problem 7: The NZEI and PPTA would fall even further out of their trees if a political party on the Right proposed that all teachers needed Masters degrees and that those without one needed to re-train. They would also go nuts of someone suggested placing a good academic standard of Maths and Science as an entry requirement into Primary teacher training (something actually desperately needed in NZ).

The main NZ school that Bryan Bruce seems to focus on appears to be Manurewa Intermediate. Run by none other than Iain Taylor – current head of the Principals Union and for a long time he has been negative towards the government.

Bruce does find an example of innovative New Zealand teaching that he approves of. At Manurewa Intermediate, teachers oversee discovery learning, where pupils seek out the answers themselves.

The idea, says, principal Iain Taylor, is to “give kids the best deal possible within an environment that allows them to think, to be creative, to make mistakes, to have a try at something. But they also have to take responsibility for their actions.”

Another example of premeditated and collusive NZ journalism coming right up.

And watch the opposition jump on board this bus too.

Bryan Bruce is a socialist who always seems to find fault in the supposed neo-liberal reforms of the 80s and 90s. It seems, from his point of view that nothing good came out of that era.

The Media party and Opposition parties all helpful push his agenda.


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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.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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