Category Archives: NZ Education

The case of the MIA Minister of Education and the rogue officials. — Kiwiblog

As detailed a few days ago the Villa Education Trust is in a huge battle with the Ministry of Education to be allowed to provide specialised education for up to 480 neuro-diverse learners through a non-zoned, Designated Character School, near an Auckland transport hub. There is massive demand for this. We received new information today.…

via The case of the MIA Minister of Education and the rogue officials. — Kiwiblog

Schools told to consider refusing enrolment of violent children by Principals’ Federation — Family First NZ

Radio NZ News 2 March 2021Family First Comment: Yes, some of these children will be acting out as a result of trauma in their life, but many others will simply be acting like this because authority both at home and at school has been undermined, and children know that they are now in control. This behaviour…

via Schools told to consider refusing enrolment of violent children by Principals’ Federation — Family First NZ

Who Will Hold the Adults to Account for Screwing Up Children’s Lives? — The BFD

Alwyn Poole Recently the data from Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMMS) came out. New Zealand’s results are an unmitigated disaster. New Zealand is locking our young people into a learning spiral that is opening out towards terminal velocity and has very little about it that could be regarded as aspirational in any…

via Who Will Hold the Adults to Account for Screwing Up Children’s Lives? — The BFD

Disgraceful behaviour from Education Ministry staff — Kiwiblog

Radio NZ reports: Ministry of Education staff who subverted communications with a school principal after he raised safety concerns about a proposed bus stop, acted “inappropriately” and their behaviour is “extremely disappointing,” the Ministry says. So what will the Ministry do? Emails obtained under the Official Information Act show the staff pretended to get in…

via Disgraceful behaviour from Education Ministry staff — Kiwiblog

Minister of Education on schools reopening after lockdown — Your NZ

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins talking on Q+A this morning. He said some schools may be able to re-open for some students on 29 April (the Wednesday after Anzac Day), depending on whether the Level 4 lockdown is relaxed or not, but some student working from home is likely for some time. While Level 3 […]

via Minister of Education on schools reopening after lockdown — Your NZ

Oranga Tamariki Report – Normalise Adolescent Sex & Teen Parenting — Family First NZ

 

Media Release 11 February 2020 A disturbing report on teen parenting recently released by Oranga Tamariki has called for adults to “normalise adolescent sex, contraception, and parenting”. The report also says that “moralistic worldviews and beliefs around unmarried teenage mothers have been criticised by researchers in New Zealand”, and that “adults need to demonstrate that…

via Oranga Tamariki Report – Normalise Adolescent Sex & Teen Parenting — Family First NZ

Changes Planned for Religious Instruction in State Schools — The BFD

 

Minister Chris Hipkins believes in secular education and does not believe schools should be offering religious instruction. So Labour wants compulsory instruction in climate change, sexuality, mindfulness and gender confusion indoctrination, but any mention of love, joy, hope and faith should be banned. Will karakia be next? #AnotherNailInTheCoffin Parents will be required to give explicit…

via Changes Planned for Religious Instruction in State Schools — The BFD

Nikki Kaye on climate ‘indoctrination’ in schools, Plunket petulant — Your NZ

Sean Plunket is back on talkback, playing to his audience that seems to like grumping about climate change. He asserted that the inclusion of guidelines on teaching about climate change in schools is ‘indoctrination’ as he tries to indoctrinate his listeners with his own views on thee topic. National spokesperson on education, Nikki Kaye: National […]

via Nikki Kaye on climate ‘indoctrination’ in schools, Plunket petulant — Your NZ

What price free speech asks Massey academic — Kiwiblog

Massey senior lecturer Steve Elers writes: On one hand, Massey has to deal with the complexities of “free speech”, which in itself is completely subjective – even the Free Speech Coalition lists eight “categories of speech that are not included in free speech”.On the other hand, there are economic considerations that must be taken into account. All…

via What price free speech asks Massey academic — Kiwiblog

Nationalism & Patriotism are What NZ Needs — The BFD

 

So the little ones managed to tag an extra day onto their school holidays, no doubt with the blessing of their so-called teachers who have decided that climate change is a subject within the curriculum that deserves to be politicised. This is a tool whereby students can be brainwashed to the point of fear through…

via Nationalism & Patriotism are What NZ Needs — The BFD

Compulsory Te Reo a Cruel Joke — WOBH | Media

 

Kelvin Davis’s push for compulsory Maori in schools shows Labour is deeply committed to social engineering. The Minister responsible for Maori education has said he wants te reo to become compulsory in state schools as soon as possible. Too many children leave school without having acquired basic literacy skills. A 2014 report by the Tertiary Education Commission…

via Compulsory Te Reo a Cruel Joke — WOBH | Media

Penny Hulse respects & supports kids wagging for nationwide school strike — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

A bunch of kids decide to wag school but Auckland Councillor Penny Hulse reckons it’s all good. Quote. On the same day as the nationwide schools strike for climate change action, councillor Penny Hulse has announced the council’s Environment and Community Committee will have the declaration put in front of them for a vote. Ms…

via Penny Hulse respects & supports kids wagging for nationwide school strike — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

School pupil climate change protests — Your NZ

Thousands of school pupils took to the streets today in protest about a lack of action on climate change. They had also protested on 15 March but that was overshadowed by the Christchurch mass shooting. It’s good to see teenagers prepared to speak up about issues that are important to them, and to many, climate […]

via School pupil climate change protests — Your NZ

Education Amendment Bill passes in Parliament — Your NZ

The Education Amendment Bill (No 2), which tightens up on the school starting age, provision of online education and university name changing, passed its third and final reading in Parliament. Stuff: School starting age pushed back to 5 as Education Amendment Bill passes Parliament The bill also changes the future course of digital education in New Zealand, […]

via Education Amendment Bill passes in Parliament — Your NZ

Schools fight back — Kiwiblog

The Community Schools Alliance released: Schools from around New Zealand are joining together to reject a proposal that would sever their accountability to local communities and hand direct control of schools to a new government bureaucracy.The Community Schools Alliance, a growing group of 43 primary and secondary schools and Kura a iwi, launched a national…

via Schools fight back — Kiwiblog

Hostile reception for Minister of Education in Invercargill — Your NZ

Plans to reform the administration of schools is in it’s consultation stage. Good on Minister of Education Chris Hipkins fronting up in Invercargill, where he received some good Southland straight taking. ODT: Hostile southern reception for Hipkins Education Minister Chris Hipkins’s bid to reassure a public meeting in Invercargill that the Southern Institute of Technology […]

via Hostile reception for Minister of Education in Invercargill — Your NZ

Consultation on education reform — Your NZ

The Government is proposing major changes to how schools are administered. From December: Minister wants ‘wider discussion’ on proposed schooling changes The Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce is proposing significant changes to the way our schools are run, governed, and managed to ensure every student receives the best quality education in future, Education Minister Chris Hipkins […]

via Consultation on education reform — Your NZ

Major changes for Polytechnics proposed by Government — Your NZ

Polytechnics around the country have been struggling financially for some time. In response the Government is proposing all sixteen Polytechnics be merged into one ‘entity’ called the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology (even the acronym NZIST or NZIOSAT will not be particularly catchy). Public consultation on the proposed will run to 27th March, […]

via Major changes for Polytechnics proposed by Government — Your NZ

Early childhood centres like ‘kiddie prisons’, teachers say — Family First NZ

 

Stuff co.nz 10 February 2019Family First Comment: Ouch! (but sadly the truth for many)… “I’m a qualified teacher and have left the sector due to bullying and an environment that does not foster best learning for children. I definitely would not put my children in a centre environment – or should I say ‘kiddie prison’. Children are…

via Early childhood centres like ‘kiddie prisons’, teachers say — Family First NZ

70 public meetings planned for and against school trustee reforms — Your NZ

The task force that has proposed major changes to the way schools are managed has organised 32 public meetings around the country, but the Opposition has organised 40 meetings of it’s own. While teacher unions are usually strongly on Labour’s side some school principals are opposed to the proposals. NZ Herald: Battle over school reforms […]

via 70 public meetings planned for and against school trustee reforms — Your NZ

Gender-imbalanced teaching fails our boys — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

In all our sons’ years of schooling, the number of male teachers they had could easily be counted on one hand. Which was a pity, because the boys loved them. Feminists and government agencies fret about STEM, yet remain silent while education remains one of the most shockingly gendered segments of the workforce. Over 80%…

via Gender-imbalanced teaching fails our boys — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Face of the day — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

In this week’s strongly-worded attack, Macleans College principal Steven Hargreaves wrote to parents and staff in the holidays to say the proposed changes would “destroy the school system in New Zealand as we know it”. Hargreaves joined other heads, including Auckland Grammar’s Tim O’Connor, in revolting against the proposals. Taking power away from boards would create “bland, one-size-fits-all” institutions and…

via Face of the day — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Millennial entitlement syndrome — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Year 13 students are worried they might fail their history exam because they didn’t know what the word “trivial” meant. The senior students have launched a petition asking for the essay to be marked based on students’ own definition of the “unfamiliar” word. It has so far received more than 1300 signatures. Students sitting the NZQA Level 3 History causes and…

via Millennial entitlement syndrome — Kiwiblog

Teacher strikes again this week — Your NZ

Primary school teachers are still unhappy with pay negotiations and plan more strikes this week, starting in Auckland today and rolling out across the country through the week. This will inconvenience many people. Last Thursday: Revised pay offer for secondary teachers labelled as ‘laughable’ About 1500 teachers turned up for a meeting yesterday to discuss the new […]

via Teacher strikes again this week — Your NZ

Ardern’s speech at Labour conference — Your NZ

Jacinda Ardern has given her speech at the Labour Party conference. I haven’t been following it so will post some reactions Scoop: Speech: Ardern – Labour Party Conference Straight story. PM Jacinda Ardern announces 600 school staff to support children with special learning needs, via @nzherald https://t.co/Dw7238IoeF — John Drinnan (@Zagzigger2) November 4, 2018 New Zealand Government: […]

via Ardern’s speech at Labour conference — Your NZ

TEU reveals itself as an enemy of free speech — Kiwiblog

The President of the Tertiary Education Union said: With that in mind, let’s start focusing on how good it is to see the seriousness with which the Vice-Chancellor takes the responsibilities that result from actively acknowledging Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the foundation for the relationship between Māori and the Crown. I only wish she…

via TEU reveals itself as an enemy of free speech — Kiwiblog

Guest Post: NZ Education has failed — Kiwiblog

A guest post by Mitchell Palmer, a student at Auckland Grammar School: New Zealand’s education system is fundamentally broken. We are failing our kids, especially those from the poorest families. Whle our NCEA pass rates increase year-on-year, every year, our international performance has worsened. The Tertiary Education Commission found 40% of students who passed Year…

via Guest Post: NZ Education has failed — Kiwiblog

‘Talking to a wall’: Two Charter schools still in limbo about their future — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

Two Auckland charter schools still have no idea if they will be open next year or not as the Ministry of Education and the Minister of Education continue to delay what they were promised would be an easy transition. It is hard to escape the conclusion that the delay is intentional and that its purpose…

via ‘Talking to a wall’: Two Charter schools still in limbo about their future — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Q+A: Chris Hipkins on reforming the public service — Your NZ

Minister of Education (and Minister of a bunch of other things) was interviewed on Q+A last night, about various wage claims and about the public service overall – he said that they will be talking more over the next few weeks about a programme aimed at reforming the public service so it delivered better outcomes […]

via Q+A: Chris Hipkins on reforming the public service — Your NZ

Hosking on striking teachers — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

Mike Hosking writes about stroppy teacher unions: Quote: So back to work this morning for the striking teachers. Are they any closer to a deal? No. And that is one of the many weaknesses of the union movement, and why so many people under the Employment Contracts Act when they got the chance to bail,…

via Hosking on striking teachers — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media