Our school journals

Peter Dunne says we are just being nostalgic because we want to save “Learning Media” from closure. He says the School Journal will carry on. The Minister of Education says things like “maybe” and “for now”.

They think the privitisation of quality educational resources for schools is the natural order and if you cannot make it in the market place it’s just too damn bad.

More than 100 highly skilled people are going to lose their jobs as a result of the Government refusing to help Learning Media. They took away their largest education contract and have refused to re integrate them back into the Ministry of Education.

There is outrage on social media because people love Schools Journals. We love the history, the quality and the digital resources. We don’t believe that any contractor with no history can pick up the incredible work that learning media has done in building connections with the best and brightest writers and artists in our country and publishing this for our children.

This decision is consistent with the bad decisions that are being made about our valuable state assets every day. It is a small version of the big sell-off that led to 327,000 people signing the asset sales petition.

This small iconic organisation is being shut down for failure to compete not for the extraordinary quality of their work.

The School Journal is one of the great success stories of our education system and many a talented artist and writer has started by working with them. The Minister of Education appears allergic to the taxpayers owning our best quality resources. What is more, it’s a form of illiteracy to destroy an obvious educational success which inspires literacy!

6 thoughts on “Our school journals

  1. It’s not just the School Journal either – there were a number of publications in te reo Maori, Pasifika languages, stand-alone stories, science and maths resources, readers for beginners and older children with difficulties….

    Given that most of the other educational publishers in this country have been taken over or gone under, does this mean that our children will have their culture and languages presented to them by big international publishers? Quite possibly.

    Those that do remain (Gilt Edge, Sunshine)will be hard pressed to compete – they could hire the ex-LM editors I suppose.

    I notice that Key is not promising that all their other publications will continue.

  2. I was under the misapprehension that Learning Media had contract to sell much of their subscribers work to the USA and other places. This was what I understood when I submitted work to the School Journals. I thought the Journals were a Kiwi icon, almost like the Silver Fern. I cannot understand why it is being sold. Are we not to own anything? I wonder if Mr Key intends selling New Zealand lock stock and barrel to overseas buyers so what was once a proud nation becomes becomes beholden to who ever buys us out.

  3. Catherine says “We don’t believe that any contractor with no history can pick up the incredible work that learning media has done in building connections with the best and brightest writers and artists in our country and publishing this for our children.”

    Your notion that private publishers couldn’t produce quality educational material or work with our top writers (which they have already been doing this for decades) is insulting in the extreme.

    Very few of our top writers could make a living just writing for school journals – they ALREADY have long term connections with New Zealand’s top publishers.

  4. More cuts? more job loss? more sold outs? PM and many (if not all, any of them is doing good job?)ministers should be the one who lose their jobs. Dm Key govt!

  5. So, Catherine appears to be suggesting that no one else is capable of publishing quality children’s books?

    “Believe” what you like, but there are clearly many, many capable publishers of children’s books, and it’s not like the writers, artists, or other contributors involved with these journal’s simply cease to exist.

    They’ll surely contract to the new publisher(s). Perhaps one, if reports are to be believed, who doesn’t pay managers 160K+

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