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Opinion: Jarad Bryant – A Climate of Anxiety

I grew up in the UK during the end of the Cold War period, under the threat of being eviscerated in one second by nuclear missiles. If not that, I could have died slowly...

Tweaks to the decile funding model not the solution

Authored by the Initiative’s chief economist Dr Eric Crampton, Seeing the problem, but missing the point explains that more work should be done to analyse the performance of New Zealand’s schools. “The government is right to wish...

Opinion: Briar Lipson – Kia Kaha te Reo Māori

Monday saw Wellington’s Lambton Quay come alive with a joyful parade celebrating Māori Language Week. Yet, when asked whether her government would make te Reo compulsory in schools Prime Minister Ardern dodged the question, explaining instead...

Opinion: Peter Lyons – Climate change and the confident local MP

The local MP from a fringe political party talked at a senior school assembly the other day. It led to a heated discussion in my economics class afterwards. His central message was that young...

Opinion: Alwyn Poole – The education tsunami for our low decile students

Take it as read; Māori and Pasifika young people have a lower IQ than Asian or European children. Take it as read; children growing up in homes in lower socio-economic areas of NZ have a...

Opinion: Peter Lyons Performance pay for teachers is already here (but in the least...

I am going to slightly betray a confidence. I was in a teacher union meeting recently where we went "into committee". That means no external reporting about what was said. So I will try...

Opinion: Peter Lyons – On philosophy and teaching resilience (or avoiding open drains in...

I crawled out of a drainage ditch in Nepal in April last year.  My first thought was, I need to get a tattoo. My next thought was, I need to find a doctor. My...

Response: Lisa Emerson – How schools can combat the ‘information crisis’

In a recent opinion piece for Education Central (https://educationcentral.co.nz/opinion-peter-lyons-the-dilemma-of-traditional-media-in-the-information-age/ ), Peter Lyons comments on the decline of traditional media and argues that, with the advent of alternative media, “we are living in the age...

Opinion: Peter Lyons – The dilemma of traditional media in the information age

On my first day of teacher training I was reprimanded. It was in Dunedin almost thirty years ago.  We sat in a circle and had to say why we had gone teaching. The reasons...

Opinion: Kia King – A parent’s perspective on direct instruction

I have spent the last year trying to figure out why direct instruction would not be the best way to teach. Thought-provoking TED Talks and play-based learning advocates warn me that showing or telling...
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