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Media Release: Tertiary education, and student loan scheme, in need of shake-up

The New Zealand Productivity Commission’s report on tertiary education shows that the tertiary education system needs fundamental change. An important part of that change is introducing interest on new student loans. The New Zealand Initiative today welcomed the Productivity Commission’s report, New Models of Tertiary Education. The report points to many promising reforms to improve tertiary performance. It also demonstrates the systematic damaging effects of the government’s interest-free loan scheme. The Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, said “When the government writes off... Read more

Media Release
21 March, 2017
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Black cats and education

According to Oscar Wilde, “religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn’t there, and finding it”. Well, in a way that is almost the definition of teacher quality.Defining, let alone measuring and rewarding teacher quality is notoriously difficult. Anyone who claims the opposite is either naïve or blinded by ideology.But just because it is hard should not be an excuse for not trying. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
10 March, 2017
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Breaking from the beaten path

There was a dirt road north of our old farm in Manitoba. Grass grew on the hump between the wheel tracks. Ruts the width of a truck’s axles would get worn into the road. That was all well enough if you were driving the truck, but not so great if you needed to take a car down the track. The axles didn’t fit the tired old ruts.This week’s debate around the Initiative’s report on building successful schools reminded me of... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
Insights Newsletter
24 February, 2017
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A goal we can all agree on

There is not much in this world that people agree on. But one philosophy we at the Initiative hope remains uncontroversial is that improving access to quality education will create a better New Zealand.The main obstacle? New Zealand is in denial about the pervasiveness of school failure. Failure has become the status quo in some schools, and our ignorance to this is in turn failing New Zealand’s students. Read more

Amy Thomasson
Insights Newsletter
24 February, 2017

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