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GUEST BLOG: Alex Birchall – What Class Are You In? The Truth about Social Reproduction in the New Zealand Education System

By   /  March 18, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

In theory, education is supposed to be the ‘great equaliser’ – this is an idea we often tell ourselves and others. For well-meaning liberals, the answer to a significant amount of the world’s problems lies in its citizens being better educated. Sociologists have amassed a great deal of evidence that demonstrates the power of social class in enabling or disabling children’s achievement potentials at school right off the bat.

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What now for the Tongan Democrats looking ahead to 2018?

By   /  January 28, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on What now for the Tongan Democrats looking ahead to 2018?

People have a sense of some hope, some improvement. The “change of style” introduced by the Democracy Coalition to Tonga’s politics is something the people can still support despite the “hiccups”, says ‘Atenisi’s Dr Michael Horowitz.

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Cutting taxes toward more user-pays – the Great Kiwi Con

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Here in New Zealand, National’s funding cuts have not been restricted to the Health sector and NGOs. Government agencies from the Police , Radio NZ, to the Department of Conservation have had their funding slashed (or frozen – a cut after inflation is factored in).

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GUEST BLOG: Lizzie Cook – Addressing a failure by the Government to adequately support Kura Kaupapa Māori

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

My take on the matter is that it is racism, Institutional Racism that does not like the independent Māori doing well and being successful. Pākahā dominated institutions still want to apply Pākehā rules and tell Māori what to do and how to do it.

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GUEST BLOG: Kelvin Smythe – Hekia Parata: her collapse – her beginning and end

By   /  October 31, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

If I despise any individuals in education today, then it is those individuals, those privileged to be academics (not to downplay their efforts to get there), siding with the powerful against those who should be able to, desperately need to be able to, trust in the integrity of academics.

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Poto Williams – Seclusion Rooms in Schools a disturbing symptom of Education’s tragic legacy under National

By   /  October 25, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

What was even more disturbing was learning that the Minister of Education had known about this for two months and appears not to lifted a finger until she was outed by Autism New Zealand and concerned parents.

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GUEST BLOG: Kelvin Smythe – Hekia drew a line

By   /  October 21, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Hekia couldn’t commit herself to the extreme hardline right education policies being prepared for 2017 election manifesto.

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GUEST BLOG: Kelvin Smythe – Children of the poor: Bitter and cynical strategy on education and poverty

By   /  October 15, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

John Key: ‘We can count rodents easily – neglected, abused or sick children living in cold, damp houses not so much.’ Stuff, 3 October, 2016.

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GUEST BLOG: Kelvin Smythe – Hekia Parata fighting for her job

By   /  September 29, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

For Hekia to use this populist, down-home stuff to distract from the way she has ripped the heart out of New Zealand schools, especially primary schools, and to further her plans for more rough surgery (better called the ‘big shakedown’), demonstrates she senses a problem of tenure, and she knows it.

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National’s contempt for Teachers finally outed with talk of on-line education

By   /  August 25, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

National see teachers as Taxi drivers in an uber world.

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Removing the word ‘special needs’ so you don’t have to fund ‘special needs’

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

The latest assualt on civil society by the National Government is this desire to cut funding to special needs children by dumping the word ‘special needs’…

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Higher Education – a Privilege of the Rich and the Young?

By   /  May 16, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  14 Comments

Tertiary education becomes less accessible each year, with fee increases, reduced student allowance availability, increases in loan repayments, lowering of the income threshold for repayments and unrealistic means testing.

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National are failing our children

By   /  May 5, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Latest research shows we are spending billions on early education yet children are turning up at school without the skills to succeed…

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God I hate to agree with Cameron Slater – but he’s right – the NZEI has some explaining to do

By   /  March 10, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

That a man as damaged and as much of a predator as Burrett was allowed to continue anywhere near children is disgraceful enough, that schools and unions may have been complicit in giving him that opportunity is abhorrent.

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Defending Free Tertiary Education: Chris Trotter responds to Dr Oliver Hartwich’s defence to the user-pays university

By   /  February 13, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  63 Comments

let me respond in kind by declaring that my own experience of free tertiary education threw up not one case of a recipient who did not value their opportunity to explore the life of the mind in their late teens and early twenties. Quite the reverse, actually.

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How do hungry kids afford education?

By   /  January 24, 2016  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

According to the NZ Herald, parents are paying a record high amount for school donations, with costs for public secondary schools amounting to $3139 a year and $2047 for primary.

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