Who will take responsibility for the failure and create genuine change?

In the middle of an opinion piece on the failure of streaming in schools, Andrew Dickens repeats an astounding statistic:

“[New Zealand’s] 15 year old’s maths scores have dropped by more than any other developed nation over the past 17 years. There’s a similar story in reading and science scores.”

Who will accept responsibility?  

The nine years of the first lot or the nine years of the recent lot? Families? The teaching fraternity? The Ministry of Education? How about the unions?

Improvements in NCEA Level 2 is not a fix – it has been a credential inflation that does not lead to tertiary study, it can also be gained by avoiding genuine academic subjects and does not position NZ young people well relative to the rest of the world.

In an election year which party will come up with genuine solutions?

It won’t be Labour, they are beholden to the teacher unions, who exclaim anytime anyone dares mention education that we have a world-class education system.

Yet, this world-class education system is failing our kids…and the unions and Labour want more of the same.


-NZ Herald

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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.