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Saturday, May 26, 2018

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

Off the record: the problems with NCEA (Spoiler alert: It’s not the schools fault)

One teacher says the pressure from school leadership, boards and Ministry to meet NCEA achievement targets is zapping the creativity and innovation from their teaching practice.

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.

Off the Record: Cut the trivia, let me teach

One teacher has had enough of administrative meetings that cut into invaluable planning time for teaching and learning.

Response: Steve Morris – In Defence of 21st Century Skills Hogwash

STEVE MORRIS responds to Briar Lipson’s polarising article on 21st century skills.

Opinion: Linda Bendikson – Educational solutions aplenty but what is the cause of the...

Linda Bendikson says we need to be clear about the problems with New Zealand’s education system before diving in with solutions.

Opinion: Briar Lipson – 21st century hogwash

Briar Lipson believes educators are going overboard in their quest to teach 21st century skills.

Do our perspectives of success hold us back from happiness?

Justine (Joohyun) Park is in the final stage of cross-cultural research comparing perspectives of life success and ethnic identity between Koreans in Korea, Koreans in New Zealand and Pakeha, and investigating their influence on individuals’ well-being.

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