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Hungry minds v. hungry bellies

By   /  July 4, 2015  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

When I relieve in schools, I pack a hearty lunch – two or three rounds of sandwiches, 4-8 biscuits, a pile of crackers, and fruit coming out of the wazoo. I pack double or treble what I need because I know there will almost always be at least one student that needs to be fed in my class.

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The TPPA and our public education system

By   /  May 24, 2015  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

What if the reason they are budgeting for only two more charter schools in 2016/17 is because the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) will make it all a moot point?

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The Beehive Charter School

By   /  April 26, 2015  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  143 Comments

Charter schools are all the rage in government circles, so why not open one modelled on the New Zealand government itself?

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A little Education wish list…

By   /  March 28, 2015  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

It’s my birthday today and I have a wish list:

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Wilful ignorance is not bliss for hungry kids

By   /  March 14, 2015  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  75 Comments

It’s not rocket science – it’s not even rocket lolly science – it’s just plain bloody obvious.

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Charter Schools: When no news is not good news

By   /  February 22, 2015  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

It’s been six months since I first asked Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools? In that article, I posed some questions for those pushing the charter school agenda, hoping to open a dialogue with some of its fiercest proponents. What I got was nigh on radio silence, so now I want to revisit those questions […]

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NZ’s broken special educational needs support systems

By   /  February 7, 2015  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

if you get a student in class who turns out to have dyslexia or dyscalculia or emotional problems or behavioural problems or autism or any one of myriad other things, you’d best keep your finger crossed. And if you are that child’s parents, prepare yourself for an all out battle.

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Mr Key’s Mythical Principals

By   /  November 8, 2014  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

John Key cockily asserts that he’s canvassed principals and only one or two kids per school, at most, are coming to school hungry. Of course, Key doesn’t name these principals or their schools. As Peter O’Connor commented, “I guess it gives new meaning to evidence based decision making when a chat with a few principals can be construed as evidence”

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It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers

By   /  October 26, 2014  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket. That there is no innovation, no forward thinking going on. But that simply is not true. Quite the opposite, in fact.

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The Charter Schools Soap Opera

By   /  October 12, 2014  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

So, young ACT Party rookie MP, David Seymour, is now the Parliamentary Undersecretary responsible for the further development of charter schools.

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A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the letters R E F O R and M

By   /  September 27, 2014  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years…

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Education reformers mean well, so what’s the problem?

By   /  September 13, 2014  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

The thing is, good intentions don’t mean the plan will work. Good intentions don’t necessarily equate to an understanding of the full impact of a proposal. Good intentions are no guarantee that the reformer can make good on their rhetoric.

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Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?

By   /  August 30, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter schools are?

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Hekia speaks with forked tongue

By   /  August 16, 2014  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

There was a prescient moment at Wednesday night’s Tick For Kids education forum in Wellington.

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The changes teachers DO want

By   /  July 26, 2014  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

National Standards benchmarks are ropey (and John Key used that word about the standards first, not teachers).

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Education reforms – there is a choice

By   /  July 12, 2014  /  Dianne Khan, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

To have the Education Minister and the sycophantic mainstream media constantly asserting that the only way to improve the education our children get is to reform the system by privatisation, performance pay, and the collection of a few data sets is misinformation at best and at worst it is downright untrue.

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