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Sunday, April 22, 2018

School says axing streaming boosts its NCEA results

A liberal Auckland high school says its students' top marks in national tests are partly because the school refuses to stream them into top, middle and bottom classes.

Off the Record: Communities of Learning – lovers and haters, read on

A secondary school teacher says teachers need to inform themselves about what CoLs are achieving before passing judgement.

Opinion: Jack Boyle – CoL survey findings deserve a closer look

PPTA president Jack Boyle sheds some light on the controversial findings of a recent communities of learning (COL) survey.

Opinion: Peter Lyons – A sad waste of $300 million of taxpayers’ money

Peter Lyons believes Communities of Learning (CoLs) are an ill-defined policy and a waste of money

Off the record: the problems with NCEA (Spoiler alert: It’s not the schools fault)

One teacher says the pressure from school leadership, boards and Ministry to meet NCEA achievement targets is zapping the creativity and innovation from their teaching practice.

Response: Catherine Kelsey – 21st century skills debate “unhelpful”

Catherine Kelsey says the polarising perspectives discussed in the recent articles on 21st century skills published on Education Central are unhelpful and dangerous. Teachers should focus on the needs of their students and communities, rather than those of the workforce.

Opinion: Peter O’Connor – Tomorrow’s Schools reform urgently needed

Peter O’Connor says removing education as a political football could be this government’s greatest achievement.

Opinion: Terry Sarten – Bill to change school decile system missing the point

The widening gap between the have-nots and have-lots requires bridges not diversions writes Terry Sarten.

Off the Record: Cut the trivia, let me teach

One teacher has had enough of administrative meetings that cut into invaluable planning time for teaching and learning.

Response: Steve Morris – In Defence of 21st Century Skills Hogwash

STEVE MORRIS responds to Briar Lipson’s polarising article on 21st century skills.

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