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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Opinion: Ann Milne – White supremacy in our classrooms

Will the wake-up call we have had as a nation to white supremacy, white superiority, and white privilege force us to rethink the recommendations of the Tomorrow's Schools Independent Taskforce? Dr Ann Milne confronts racism in our education system.

Opinion: Paula Wine – Non-teachers: here’s the ‘why’

Paula Wine wants non-teachers to have a better understanding of why primary teachers are planning to strike next week.

Opinion: Filip Vachuda – In defence of academic subjects

Year 13 student FILIP VACHUDA says assigning subjects like acting, building or painting a similar academic status as subjects like Calculus, Science or History "completely misses the mark".

Response: a different take on the realities of teaching in Manurewa

Natasha Miller teaches children in a similar catchment as that described by Sam Oldham in his controversial opinion piece, What life looks like at NZ's largest decile one high school. Here, she presents a different view.

Opinion: Susan Stevenson – NZ can’t continue to ignore the challenges facing tertiary education

Susan Stevenson says New Zealand cannot continue to blindly believe it doesn’t need to change its strategic approach to higher/tertiary education sector.

Opinion: Dr Michael Harvey – what it would take for me to return to...

DR MICHAEL HARVEY shares why he left teaching in New Zealand and what is stopping him from returning.

Opinion: Claire Amos – NCEA – we need to review our mindset first

An NCEA Review will come to nothing if the mindsets, toolsets, skillsets, and the moral purpose and courage levels of our school leaders remain the same writes Claire Amos

Why I left teaching

John Laing's teaching career spanned almost 40 years, a lot of that spent as a rural primary teaching principal. Last year, after weathering so many changes in the education landscape, he decided he couldn't see a way to stay in the profession until retirement and maintain what work/life balance he'd managed to hold onto. In this article John reflects on some of the reasons that stacked up behind his decision to leave education.  

Opinion: Frances Valintine – Future-focused? Who are we fooling?

Frances Valintine, Founder The Mind Lab by Unitec & Tech Futures Lab, questions the recent global rankings that claimed New Zealand has the most future-focused education system in the world.

Curriculum wars: coming to Aotearoa?

An unusual alliance, between a radical and polarising academic and a right-wing think tank, may drag New Zealand’s education system into the throes of a debate that’s been raging overseas, but has largely passed us by until now writes Tom Haig.

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