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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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