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Saturday, May 26, 2018

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.

Opinion: Briar Lipson – Could the route to skills be counterintuitive?

NZ Initiative Research Fellow Briar Lipson responds to the PPTA’s blog and continues the debate around curriculum, knowledge and skills.

Richard Prebble: Rosy report card gets overlooked

If reducing child poverty is the goal, why is the Govt closing charter schools?

Broadening walls – should Chapter Chat be on Twitter?

Creator of Chapter Chat Stephen Baker explains his reasons for choosing Twitter to host the literacy initiative.

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

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.

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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Shifting schools sets children back half a year – report

Shifting schools may set children back by about half a year in their learning, a new report says.

Choosing schools