Posted by: Tom Haig
on 06, Sep, 2012
Tagged in: union
, teachers' work
, education spending
, education politics
, education policy
I was reading Hargreaves and Fullan’s latest book, Professional Capital, and came across this hypothetical question to teacher unions:
“When will you ever support a change that’s not just about more jobs, more money or easier work?”
Posted by: PPTAweb
on 03, Aug, 2012
Tagged in: teaching
, teacher training
, public education
, Destiny Church
, charter schools
, Charter school working group
, Catherine Isaac
, ACT Party
1. That choice and flexibility in how schools are run is what kids need to learn.
2. That mud and water are what boys need to learn.
3. That the retired maths professor across the road wants to come and teach as a volunteer at his local school.
4. That charter schools will have fabulous architecture.
5. That teacher aides write fabulous lesson plans.
6. That the govt wants quality teaching and well qualified teachers but teaching, according to our govt, is not a profession that requires standards, competency, ethics, registration.
7. That children do not need qualified registered teachers to support their learning.
8. That Deborah Coddington, via twitter, described herself as an unfit parent. This, of course, was just time out from criticising registered teachers.
9. That evangelicals, meditation experts, Maxim, rich Americans, and the business roundtable are amongst those looking forward to saving NZ children from the ills of a secular well-rounded well-regarded public education system.
10. That as I write this the list keeps growing .... add your own
Posted by: Rob
on 22, Jul, 2010
We wonder how many Treasury officials send their kids to state schools or use our public health services? We wonder how many have lived on benefits or had jobs that got their hands dirty, or in which they have had to face the consequences of the stupid policy proposals they seek to inflict on the population?
Treasury advice to the National government on funding for education includes the proposal to remove the automatic adjustments to base funding which occur through demographic and other projected changes and fund these changes within the allocation of new money each year or make a case for additional funding on a year by year basis.
School rolls are projected to rise to about 2024. These are demographic changes which increase operations funding and staffing levels in a predictable manner. Currently the funding for school staffing and operations is automatically adjusted to fund the increased cost this creates.
Posted by: blogger
on 04, Feb, 2010
By Winged Avenger
2010 should be all about the NZ curriculum. Instead, the government is determined to railroad teachers into focusing on national standards.
Secondary teachers already know the downsides of too much summative assessment and league tables, both of which are key features of the national standards.
Teachers want to use the NZC as a platform for developing great teaching for diverse learners; parents want plain-English reporting of their kids’ progress. Neither group needs the national standards to achieve these goals.