Moana Maniapoto: Hold on Hekia. Cyber schools aren’t the answer
This week our Minister of Education dropped a hell of a clanger. Hekia Parata announced that students would soon have the option of signing up to an 'accredited online learning provider' instead of turning up to school. According to the minister, it’s time for New Zealand kids to 'move into the digital age.' Newsflash. They already are. It’s everywhere. Unavoidable. You’re soaking in it.
Delivering an education fit for the 21st century
The announcement by the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, that school-age children will be able to do all of their learning online has rightly prompted debate. Effective teaching means personalising the experience of learners so they achieve the highest possible standards in ways that are meaningful to them.
Click on the image to the left to read the full opinion piece written by Steve Maharey (Vice-Chancellor of Massey University, a former minister of education and a sociologist).
Students to learn online from home instead of at school under major education reform
School-age students will be able to enrol in an accredited online learning provider instead of attending school, under new Government legislation. The move has dismayed the primary school teachers' union who say education is about learning to work and play with other children... Click on the image to the left to read the full article.
Professor Yong Zhao: The Purpose of Education
Yong Zhao on how the purpose of education has changed and what educators have to do prepare students for the future. Part of a Wellington forum sponsored by NZEI Te Riu Roa.
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Uploaded to YouTube on Jul 24, 2016
What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning
Here is an unusual post by a writer and filmmaker that takes a deep look into the worlds of children and learning. It was written by Carol Black, director of the documentary film “Schooling the World” and creator with her husband Neal Marlens of the television series “The Wonder Years.” She studied literature and education at Swarthmore College and UCLA, and for the past 25 years has been deeply involved in the unschooling and alternative education movements as a parent, activist, and teacher of writing and filmmaking.
Bryan Bruce: World Class? Inside NZ Education
Bryan Bruce, a former teacher, looks at what he believes are some fundamental problems in schools. For his documentary Bruce travels to New York, China and Finland to compare their education systems with New Zealand's.
"If you keep testing children on knowledge, you drive that passion for learning out of them."
Published on 27 May 2016
Sir Ken Robinson: How to Change Education
Sir Ken Robinson addresses the fundamental economic, cultural, social and personal purposes of education. He argues that education should be personalised to every student's talent, passion, and learning styles, and that creativity should be embedded in the culture of every single school.
Published on Jul 18, 2013