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Teacher Philosophy: Falling for Anything?

How can teachers develop a strong and clear philosophy of their own, when they are spending so much time hoop jumping for a government more interested in threats than co-operation?

Cheeky Kids

It would seem that the powers that be in central government have a firm focus as to the current direction of educational policy. In fact this focus is so firm that very little discussion can be entered into, particularly when endeavouring to debate issues with the current Minister. The philosophy they have adopted (that 5/5 students will leave school with NCEA Level 1) has been modelled from similar policies in the States (No Child Left Behind) and United Kingdom. This philosophy is now having a top-down impact on teachers in our classrooms, through the imposition of the National Standards policy and the imminent threat of performance pay. As Sir Ken Robinson states in his most recent TED Talk, centralised government is imposing its ideals and philosophies directly into each and every individual classroom in the country. Instead of teachers deciding on the direction in the classroom, it is a group…

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