The Government changed the law in 2015 so that the Code of Ethics for teachers was changed into a Code of Conduct. This may seem a minor issue to those outside the profession. But for some teachers it has felt like another kick in the teeth from a Government that does not respect their professionalism […]
At the beginning of the school year, I heard that Houghton Valley School had to ask parents if anyone had a caravan to use as a library because the school didn’t have space. Schools are under so much pressure to make ends meet that our school libraries are being cut. I started to hear from other schools […]
The beginning of the new school year should be a positive time for children and parents as kids start new classes and sometimes new schools. Instead, for many families it is a time of huge financial stress. Costly uniforms are now not only required in secondary schools, but also in many primary schools. When 88 […]
The proposed Education (Update) Bill is the Government’s statement about what the point of education is, and what it means to people. This week we had a day of Select Committee hearings in Auckland on the Bill. It’s a huge and complex piece of legislation. Some changes are sensible but it’s marred by some very […]
We need an education system that caters to all children, as is their human right.
Last Thursday the disability and education communities held a rally at Parliament calling for proper funding for inclusive education.
National have two flagship education policies which they have been pushing since 2008. A great deal of public money has been spent on both. Charter schools and National Standards are central to their strategy of supporting education as a business opportunity and focusing on measurement and assessment rather than learning. Both these policies have serious […]
The first phrase of conversational Maori I learned was, “Haere mai kare, whengua tō ihu.” (“Come here darling, blow your nose.”) It was our first time at kōhanga reo and I was new to the community and with a four-year-old and a new-born, keen to make new friends and learn te reo Māori at the same time.
A great Budget would embrace the challenge of our polluted rivers and move the money away from justifying the status quo water rules into cleaning up waterways. A great Budget would take the Ministry for the Environment freshwater budget and prioritise a plan for swimmable rivers.
Last week the Education and Science Select Committee visited the dyslexic student programme at Kapiti College. They invited us to visit them during the Inquiry into Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autism Spectrum in schools which I initiated. We were hosted by the students and their teachers. The visit consisted of giving us a series of learning […]