Education

Education

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The way we teach the next generation will affect the future they create. Our work in education has covered many facets of New Zealand’s school experience, including school leadership, curriculum, access to schools, and partnership schools.

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Learning Support funding should bridge to work

By Danielle van Dalen


School can be difficult for everyone, but for students with disabilities the difficulties are generally heightened. The Prime Minister acknowledged…

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Excessive tertiary education sends the wrong signals

By Kieran Madden


The higher education system is a colossal waste of time and money—far more about signaling to future employers than gaining…

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Changing the way we educate

By Danielle van Dalen


Nelson Mandela is credited with saying: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” It…

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Our politicians must learn what actually makes a difference in education

By Danielle van Dalen


I can clearly remember my favourite teacher. He was a jovial and portly history teacher, who would get incredibly excited…

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Supporting the village raising our children

By Danielle van Dalen


An African proverb claims that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Labour’s School Leavers’ Toolkit Policy seems an…

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Death to deciles

By Kieran Madden


The Government is about to drive school deciles out of town. Good riddance. What will replace the much-maligned decile system?…

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The future is not (only) digital

By Kieran Madden


“The Fourth Industrial Revolution” is upon us—the exponential rise in technology that is set to disrupt every aspect of our…

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‘Cash for class’ a bankrupt idea

By Guest Author


According to PISA, 42% of New Zealand students are skipping school at least once every two weeks. Why are kids…

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Social skills to pay the bills

By Kieran Madden


Modern workplaces are like preschool. Our schools and homes should be too. At preschool “children move from art projects to…

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Is education the great equaliser?

By Kieran Madden


Last week, New Zealand got a glowing report card from the OECD for our economic performance and the policies set…

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What’s happened to Finland’s schools?

What’s happened to Finland’s schools?

By Jane Silloway Smith


Spend any time with an education reformer and you’re likely to hear something about Finland. This Scandinavian country of 5.5…

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Game Changers – why principals matter

Game Changers – why principals matter


Education is important. You may think of learning as a passport to opportunity. You may see it as a source…

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What difference do school leaders really make?

What difference do school leaders really make?


Think of a leader, any leader. I’d bet very few people would first think of a principal. It’s more likely…

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Play fair with partnership schools

Play fair with partnership schools

By Jeremy Vargo


There’s an education showdown brewing in Whangarei, with the PPTA looking to sink a proposal floated by a partnership school…

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NZ’s education report card disappoints

NZ’s education report card disappoints


“Something’s seriously wrong with our education system.” “Education is in crisis.” These are the sort of comments that have followed…

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Embracing complexity

Embracing complexity


As a researcher in a think tank, you are constantly engaged in a struggle between the vast nuance and complexity…

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A children’s tale

A children’s tale


The fourth trick of a German children’s tale tells of the mischief-makers Max and Moritz putting gunpowder into the pipe…

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Abandoning Te Kotahitanga? Yeah, right.

Abandoning Te Kotahitanga? Yeah, right.


There is so much happening in education at the moment that it’s exhausting sifting through the snowdrift created by an…

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Third Research Note on charter schools now online

Third Research Note on charter schools now online


The third and final installment of Maxim Institute’s series of research notes on charter schools is now available. The first…

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Is New Zealand’s Education System World Class?

Is New Zealand’s Education System World Class?


Does New Zealand have a “world class” education system? This week the Secretary for Education, Lesley Longstone wrote in the…

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