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Education policies – what are the big issues?

stuff Stuff today discuss the government’s education policies in this piece, asking why education it such a big issue and what needs to happen in education policy to get your vote? Stuff is asking for responses from you, the public.

Their questions are:

  • What do you think are the biggest issues facing our education sector?
  • What do you think needs to be done to improve the educational standards of young Kiwis?
  • Is there a particular education issue that would swing your vote if it was addressed?

Click on this link to find the green button so you can respond.

My response is here:

Sadly, the biggest issue in education at the moment is how demoralised teachers are having been faced with a barrage of changes and policies that are not about improving education for our students but are about leading public education system towards privatisation. The policies are done without consultation with the education sector and without the backing of good research. In fact, the research is usually in direct contradiction to the policies being implemented.

If we are to improve the educational standards of young Kiwis, we need to train our teachers to the highest standards and continue to offer them excellent professional development throughout their careers so that are experts in their fields. We need better funded and more targeted help for our neediest students, with teacher aides, resources and specialist help readily available. This helps all pupils in the end. We also need to take seriously the effects of poverty, which has a huge impact.

The education policies of this government are heinous. They claim to be doing these things for the students, but in truth the policies have little or nothing to do with that and are more about gearing the public education system up for privatisation, just as is happening in England and the USA. And we all know how badly that’s going…

Click on this link to find the green button so you can respond.

You are the change

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6 thoughts on “Education policies – what are the big issues?

  1. Reblogged this on My Thinks and commented:
    I’m just about to post my thoughts… more in a couple of minutes.


    Posted by boonman | March 16, 2014, 4:15 pm
  2. I’ve just made my submission/rant.


    Posted by boonman | March 16, 2014, 4:26 pm
  3. The underfunding and low pay of support staff is as important an issue as the others. (like national standards and charter schools) But we (I work in a school library) are hardly ever heard in the media, even though we are vital to our schools and education.


    Posted by BRT | April 8, 2014, 11:32 am
    • Very true. Without knowledgable support staff we would be nowhere. If pay is kept low and there is no rewards for remaining in the job, the turnover is high and we keep losing the expertise time and time again. In terms of having great staff and being good and fair employers, it makes no sense. of course, we could argue that neither of those things are of much (any?) concern to the current government.


      Posted by Dianne - SaveOurSchoolsNZ | April 8, 2014, 11:40 am


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