Education

Audio: Her lie was ‘a big, big blunder’

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1500 Charter school students have nothing to celebrate

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It is a dark day for 1500 Charter school students.

There is absolutely nothing to celebrate in Minister Hipkins announcement yesterday that all 12 Charter school operators who applied to establish state schools have been approved to do so. Two additional schools that were previously approved to open have chosen not to, those being Vanguard Military School – Christchurch and Blue Light – Taupo.

The opportunity for this government to pursue an educational solution to child poverty, particularly when our prime minister is minister for child poverty reduction, has been lost. Political dogma has had its way. Read more »

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Audio: David Farrar interviewed by Leighton Smith about Jan Thomas

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Audio: Chris Lynch interview with Don Brash about Massey Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas

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Face of the day

Massey University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas Photo credit: Massey University.
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NZ Education needs to be rebuilt from the ground up

Every New Zealander should be distressed by Saturday’s article in a newspaper. Quote.

Data sourced from six universities shows while 60 per cent of the almost 16,000 students accepted into professional law, medicine and engineering in the past five years came from the richest third of homes, just 6 per cent came from the poorest third. […]

“If you only include decile one schools – the most disadvantaged – that figure drops to just 1 per cent. End quote.

Through the work at our Villa Education Trust Middle schools and what is happening for our students (for example we can show approx 1.5 years progress in the basics for each year with us), we believe that we have something to share that is a part of the needed change. Cognition Education recently looked in detail at our model and what we are achieving and concluded: Quote.

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‘Treating students like dogs’

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Dear Minister Martin

It is with great justification that our trust, families and students will be absolutely repulsed by your comments about charter schools treating their students like dogs in your speech in parliament last night.

Despite frequent invitations, you have never visited our two partnership/charter schools.

Can I ask you please to entirely apologise or to be clear and name the schools you visited? It is very poor practice from the minister for children and an associate minister of education to make such statements and tar any/all of the schools with the same brush.

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Maori language week: word for the day

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In honour of Maori Language Week, we at Whaleoil have decided to dedicate one post each day to highlight a Maori word that has particular significance to Maoridom.

Today’s Maori Word of the Week is: piki.

Definition: success.

Thanks to the innovation of New Zealand’s Charter schools many Maori and Pasifika children have been experiencing lots of piki.

Sadly the Labour coalition government is forcing the closure of all charter schools and making them conform to an education (one size fits all) system that has been a barrier to piki for so many Maori children.

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Look at how you can improve before asking for a payrise

Don’t ask for a pay rise until you have earned it.

Teachers need to look at how they can improve the system for all students before asking for a pay rise.

First published on Education Central


There is no other way to say it – the latest release of qualifications statistics for our young people is a disgrace for our nation.

People think of movies such as Schindler’s List or Amistad as great Spielberg productions that highlight man’s (in the inclusive sense) inhumanity against others but fail to see what is before them on a day-to-day basis.

The latest education statistics release in New Zealand shows that for our peak secondary qualification (University Entrance) we are a massive failure. University Entrance is – in modern parlance – the “game breaker”. It is the opportunity for young people to access an education that allows them, on average, to earn more than $1.5million above those without a degree.

So how are our teachers/system doing towards providing that opportunity? Well … even in 2017/18 it turns out that your skin colour matters immensely. If you are a school leaver of an Asian background there is a 67% chance that you will gain entrance into one of our institutions of higher learning. If you are European then you are down to 45% but that is still way ahead of our Pasifika young people who are at 22% and our Māori young people who are at 19%.

This is simply awful. A disaster! But in typical adult fashion the current education “crisis” is about paying people more because there is an apparent teacher shortage. The teacher unions are doing their job. They are seeking the best conditions for their current members. This may well be deserved but it will not solve the teacher shortage which is actually about an extra year of unpaid study – not about the ongoing salary earned.

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