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Opinion: Graham McPhail – Approach MLEs with caution

University of Auckland's GRAHAM McPHAIL argues that while modern learning environments (MLEs) can help facilitate different pedagogical approaches there is no inherent link between classroom design and educational outcomes.

Opinion: Briar Lipson – Time to speak up on ideas from school taskforce

The Tomorrow's Schools Independent Taskforce sees competition and self-governance as bad, collaboration and ministry management as good. It is seductive stuff, if a little Orwellian.

Opinion: Peter Lyons – Business and Early Childhood Education make uneasy bedfellows

Peter Lyons says the corporatisation of childcare is fraught with contradictions.

Opinion: Lukas Schroeter – end of Kura Hourua model a sad day for Aotearoa

Lukas Schroeter laments the Government's decision to end the Kura Hourua partnership school model.

Opinion: Kia King – proud to be ‘old school’ until ‘new school’ is proven...

Parent Kia King went on a quest to find robust evidence to support the benefits of innovative learning environments. Disillusioned by the lack of evidence forthcoming, she wrote the following submission to the Education Amendment Bill earlier this year.

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

Opinion: Tony Sissons – Modern learning environments – are they all they’re cracked up...

King’s School headmaster Tony Sissons says flexible learning spaces should allow students to break out of their classroom and work both individually and in groups, but not at the expense of their relationship with their classroom teacher.

Tom Nicholson: Zero to hero – why spelling still matters in the digital age

Recently I gave a talk to parents about phonics. It was called Zero to Hero, and I explained that phonics could help children who struggle with reading and writing by showing them how to crack the code.

Lizzie Marvelly: The birds and the bees and the bond

Sex ed is one of those things that nearly everyone remembers.

Response: Peter Reynolds on ECE wage rates

Early Childhood Council chief executive PETER REYNOLDS responds to ECUA's article about early childhood educators' wage rates.
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