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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
German school sign

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
school books

Freedom to teach and freedom of speech

Tracey Martin wants to regulate the meaning of a commonly used word. It is a breath-taking ambition, even for a politician. The Associate Education Minister’s target is the word ‘teacher’. She thinks it would improve the status of the profession if Parliament restricts use of the term to registered teachers. And her private members’ Bill (technically now sponsored by her NZ First colleague, Jenny Marcroft) aims to do just that. Neither appear bothered that the word has a wider meaning in the... Read more

Roger Partridge
Insights Newsletter
27 April, 2018
Classroom Chairs

Learning nothing in education

The best thing about the National government was its focus on evaluation.Finance Minister English often reminded us a large portion of government spending was probably wasted. Figuring out what worked and what did not would let the government shift resources to get the most value out of every dollar spent.Mr English’s investment approach coupled big data analytics with policy experimentation to find ways of improving the lives of those receiving government services and transfers while also improving the government’s long-term... Read more

Dr Eric Crampton
The National Business Review
27 April, 2018

A festival of education

As recently as in the 1920s, cyclists in the Tour de France would take ‘smoking breaks’, assisting team-mates to light-up while still cycling. Since then, scientific research and evidence has well and truly debunked the myth that smoking is good for athletic performance.   In some ways, education today is like medicine was before science. It is vulnerable to emotions, ideologies and our individual beliefs: the prisms through which we view the world. Read more

Briar Lipson
Insights Newsletter
20 April, 2018

21st century hogwash

Perhaps it is a product of New Zealand’s geographic isolation, which creates concern not to be left behind. But since moving here from England my education hogwash-o-meter has been reading unusually high.   While the 21st century skills craze hit England, and fairly rapidly shuffled-on like a Furby in a Pokemon-hunt, in New Zealand there remains much excitement and unhelpful teacher-bashing in the name of educating for the future. The argument goes something like this. The future is highly uncertain. Read more

Briar Lipson
Insights Newsletter
23 March, 2018
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NCEA and subprime credit

When concerned parents ask me why kids all seem to pass NCEA with little or no effort, I sometimes use the subprime mortgage crisis as an analogy. This is how it goes.   In the early-noughties, American banks ran out of credit-worthy customers. This lack stunted growth and profit, particularly in the market for mortgage-backed securities (i.e. bundles of mortgage debt). So the banks changed the rules. Read more

Anonymous Teacher
Insights Newsletter
16 March, 2018

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