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Enviroschools video series: the problem

One of the tragedies of the Budget cuts was the loss of funding to the highly successful Enviroschools programme. While Enviroschools began in the Waikato in the 1990s, it was boosted into the mainstream of our education system with a 2006 Budget initiative from the Green Party. Now, one-quarter of NZ schools are Enviroschools, and it has a long waiting list. But with funding cut off, it is now in peril:

3 thoughts on “Enviroschools video series: the problem

  1. One of the main reasons why the statists want government control of education, rather than a voucher system for private schools, is so they can control the agenda and dictate what is taught.

    It’s all so North Korean…

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  2. Wat,

    You are wandering off the topic, but it is an interesting issue you raise.

    There are certain key things which all children should be taught, irrespective of what school they go to: literacy, numeracy and so on. I guess this can be ensured by setting a mandatory curriculum with some sort of testing to ensure children get taught these adequately.

    I don’t have too strong an objection to the voucher system. I would like to know how it would ensure that all children would be guaranteed a high quality of education irrespective of their parents income. The thing I would be concerned about is that the value of the vouchers might gradually become insufficient to cover the cost of a good education, and parents would be expected to top up the vouchers with their own money.

    When the government directly funds schools, it is more obvious where to “lay the blame” if the quality of the education is not up to scratch. A voucher system could be used by the government to distance itself from the responsibility of ensuring every child receives a good education. An argument might be that the market would sort this problem out, the poorly performing schools would simply lose students. However, what happens if the reason that schools perform poorly is simply because the vouchers are of insufficient value; at some point no competing school would be able to provide the required quality of education for the value of the voucher?

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  3. “One of the main reasons why the statists want government control of education, rather than a voucher system for private schools, is so they can control the agenda and dictate what is taught.

    It’s all so North Korean…”

    Although given the school uniform of the teens who spoke, it wouldn’t surprise me if they went to a private school.

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