Meaningless Debates

by David Hood Retired after 50 years in education Career includes 25 years as teacher and principal, Department of Education official, senior manager of Education Review Office, establishment CEO of New Zealand Qualifications Authority,  and consultant since 1996. Author of Our Secondary Schools Don’t Work Anymore [1998] ———- Debates on (New Zealand’s) National Standards, […]

The readiness to do social experiments on the education of children

Reposted from Scoop NZ. by Gordon Campbell The school closures in Christchurch really are a perfect storm – the most stressed community in New Zealand is being led by the most accident prone Minister in the Key government, into a social experiment on its youngest and most vulnerable, in the least available time. Nothing could […]

New Zealand’s national standards in education are not national or standard.

By Allan Alach Reposted from The Daily Blog At the end of this month the New Zealand government will release the national standards data that will a) ‘prove’ that their education policies are ‘raising achievement’ and b) ‘prove’ that there is a wide variation of school effectiveness and that teachers’ performance is therefore deficient. All […]

Leading the way in education – instead of following the failing neo liberal agenda

by Bruce Hammonds Reposted from Leading-Learning. ‘Education in America  is at a crossroads’, writes American educator Yong-Zhao Ironically while China is busy trying to transform its test orientated education into a talent orientated system, writes Chinese born but now a respected American educator Yong- Zhao, America ( and now New Zealand) is moving towards a standardized test driven […]

Charter schools are not about charter schools

By Kelvin Smythe Reposted from Networkonnet. The education situation is dire, western economies are struggling, with one of its manifestations being the rich and powerful acting to undermine public schools. Charter schools not being about charter schools is emblematic of that dire situation. Let us look at how this is playing out in New Zealand. Throughout […]

Why Are Kiwis Taking To The Streets?

 by Dianne Khan Reposted from SaveOurSchoolsNZ They are mighty pigged off, that’s why. This Saturday, 13th April, thousands of teachers, parents, students and other supporters up and down New Zealand will march to protest some very disconcerting things that are afoot. What are we protesting?  Well I’m glad you asked. Charter schools:  The government is hell bent […]

He aha te mea nui? He tangata. He tangata. He tangata. (Maori proverb)

What is the most important thing?  It is people. It is people It is people. I am reminded of this each time I see spin from New Zealand’s National government assuring us that charter schools are about the kids, about bolstering their achievement, raising their grades, helping them learn better.  And that they are in […]

Just for kicks, I mapped the chalk face

Map the Chalk Face

I created a map of our authors here to emphasize the diversity of opinion and experience we bring to the table. Interesting, and we have international connections now. But what’s not obvious from the map are the multiple connections we have in NY and MA. Perhaps other sites have more authors and more geographic diversity. […]

Competition, Choice and Market Forces

When it comes to education, governments bandy the word choice around with evangelical fervour saying, amongst other things, they are opening charter schools for us, the parents. Rubbish. In New Zealand we have heaps  of choice already: Special Character schools, Steiner Schools, home schooling, private schools, bilingual schools, correspondence school, Te kura kaupapa Maori (Maori […]


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