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The Conversation: Exam stress may not be fun but it can help you get...

Two-thirds of young people experience levels of exam stress that mental health organisation ReachOut describes as "worrying". Research shows high levels of exam stress can interfere with attention and reduce working memory, leading to lower performance. Early experiences...

Opinion: Peter Lyons – Beware of politicians with big picture answers

It's taken me till my mid 50s and a lifetime of reading to arrive at a startling conclusion. There are two types of people in this world. Those who fully appreciate the implications of...

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...
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