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Snake oil

21st century snake oil

After 11 years as a cowboy in America’s wild west, Clark Stanley claimed to have created a medical cure-all from secrets learned from a Hopi medicine man.He began marketing his Snake Oil Liniment in the early 1900s. Then, following the passage of the Food and Drug Act in 1916, Stanley’s concoction was examined and found to be of no medicinal value.Stanley was fined and banned from selling it. Read more

Roger Partridge
The National Business Review
9 June, 2018
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Raging at researchED

Last year Prince Harry interviewed Obama. The former president told the Prince that to improve things you have to find common ground between people. And that this requires them to encounter each other – not just online but in person. I know that debate in education can be polarising. Perhaps because of this, and because Kiwis are so polite and friendly, there has been limited debate about educational ideas in New Zealand for some years – regardless the flavour of government. Read more

Briar Lipson
Insights Newsletter
8 June, 2018
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Revolutionary common sense

The counterrevolution started in Auckland last night. That is when the Initiative hosted British educator Katharine Birbalsingh for a dinner lecture in front of an audience of almost 300 teachers, school trustees, business leaders and politicians. What made this event revolutionary was the fact that Birbalsingh re-introduced some much-needed common sense into New Zealand’s strange education debate. Auckland-born Birbalsingh is a thoroughly modern woman who believes in equal education opportunities for all students regardless of gender, race or social background. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
1 June, 2018
School zone

Decile - a misinterpretation?

Choosing the best school for your child is an important decision. The best school, whether it is primary or secondary, can have a big impact on your child’s wellbeing and success in school. At least, that is what we currently believe. So far there has been no evidence to prove this or otherwise. For most parents this decision comes down to where they live, local word of mouth and what they’ve inferred from a school’s decile ranking. Read more

Joel Hernandez
Insights Newsletter
1 June, 2018

The story of Michaela Community School

New Zealand born London headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh founded Michaela Community School. It is often referred to as Britain's strictest school. Children have to attend a seven day boot camp before starting at Michaela to learn the school's strict rules, which include no talking in the corridors and demerit points given for forgetting a pen, or slouching. Katharine tells Heather du Plessis-Allen what is behind the school's philosophy. Katharine is presenting at researchED in Auckland on Saturday 2 June. Read more

Katharine Birbalsingh
Wellington Mornings with Heather du Plessis-Allan - Newstalk ZB
31 May, 2018

Media release: Festival of Education comes to New Zealand

Wellington (9 May 2018): Are we teaching our children the best way possible? And if not, how does New Zealand’s teaching profession need to change? Those will be the fundamental questions posed to attendees of the first researchED conference which comes to Auckland on Saturday 2 June. The one-day festival of education by international education-improvement movement researchED aims to help educators become more evidence-facing and to raise research literacy in teaching. Read more

Media release
9 May, 2018
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Dual education lesson one: Early beginnings

When my colleague Oliver Hartwich first tried explaining the German school system to me, he might as well have been speaking German. It seemed entirely foreign. Germany’s vocational education system, like some others in Europe, combines on-the-job training with study for many teenagers who would be sitting their first year of NCEA in New Zealand. In March, I travelled to Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark to learn about their approaches to vocational training. New Zealand has vocational training. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
4 May, 2018

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