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Is the Rangiora commissioner disassociated from reality?

I am referring to an item in the Christchurch Press (March 26, 2017) headed ‘Government intervention at Canterbury’s Rangiora High School to end this year, report says.’ 1,173 more words

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John Hattie: your research is now a con

In this article I am going to place considerable demands on Simon Collins’ flexibility of thinking, on his ability to imagine the unimaginable, his willingness to recognise a wrong universally accepted right by the media as an incontrovertible right, and the naïve trust he no doubt shares with his media colleagues in the truthfulness of education authority. 2,221 more words

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Why the concept of the modern-day principal is wrong Part 2

An account of the history of that wrongness

At centre, being a principal is about children and the curriculum, and being teaching, while the children are the recipients, and teachers the medium, the curriculum is the way – and the way in each curriculum area, before being laid out in straight lines in small boxes by national standards, quantitative academics, and bureaucrats, was a journey for teachers, an exciting, life-long journey – almost spiritual, but always stringently practical, a search for the truth, judged by way it was received by the children. 2,308 more words

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Why the concept of the modern-day principal is wrong Part 1

An account of the history of that wrongness

At centre, being a principal is about children and the curriculum, and being teaching, while the children are the recipients, and teachers the medium, the curriculum is the way – and the way in each curriculum area, before being laid out in straight lines in small boxes by national standards, quantitative academics, and bureaucrats, was a journey for teachers, an exciting, life-long journey – almost spiritual, but always stringently practical, a search for the truth, judged by way it was received by the children. 1,524 more words

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Steve Maharey: I put your article in the category of much wallowing in the fluff

Steve Maharey was a Labour minister of education and recently stood down as vice-chancellor of Massey University. He has written an article in the publication Pundit (March 11, 2017) titled ‘Can we finally agree on how to run schools’, the answer, of course, is no, but we might be able to agree on an education system structure which is democratic in nature, and allows meaningful and open discussion to occur to guide and inform an attentive government in its decision-making. 1,619 more words

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Ministry and Sky City celebration of clusters

If asked, the ministry will deny any initial planning for a celebration of clusters, but the idea is being given serious attention.

It is a telling commentary that Auckland is the intended place for such a cynical manoeuvre; high decile schools of the central city can fool around with such education ideas at no real cost to children’s ultimate education status but children from lower decile schools, often lacking the kind of cultural capital to recover, never catch up. 1,288 more words

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Things are not OK

This is a quiet posting in response to a serious situation: the state of school education.

I want the real state of school education to be recognised – recognised as an impetus to much needed fundamental change to the structure of the system. 2,024 more words

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