by Vicki Carpenter
“There is well-documented concern regarding the links between poverty and education; statistics demonstrate, over many decades, that the economically poorer the New Zealand child’s family, the more likely it is the child will not reach her/his potential.
“The blame for such inequitable outcomes is variously placed on children’s families and communities, on teachers and schools, and on wider structural and system injustices.
“The contributors to this book are key NZ writers and thinkers in the field of education and poverty.
“Reasons for our contemporary schooling’s inequitable outcomes are examined and critiqued.”
Child Poverty in New Zealand
by Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple
“Child poverty could be addressed with help from money freed up by lifting the age of eligibility for NZ Super, a new book, Child Poverty In New Zealand, out this weekend has claimed.
‘The book’s authors, academics Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple, said progressively deferring NZ Super until age 67 would be a reasonable step to free up money to reduce the blight of child poverty.
“They canvassed various ways to raise the money needed to make inroads into child poverty and therefore lift the trajectory of our economy.”
This book “examines the explosion in the rich-poor divide during the last 30 years, its effects on our society, and how it might be reversed.
“The book has generated widespread discussion and numerous reviews, articles and comments, many of which can be found at www.bwb.co.nz/books/inequality. Since its publication, the rise of interest in inequality has continued, and the issue is becoming one of the defining subjects of the 2014 election campaign.
“In March this year, we published ‘The Inequality Debate: An Introduction‘, a short guide to inequality in New Zealand based on the opening chapters of the 2013 work.”
Reports from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner
A summary of the working paper ‘Parents’, Families’ and Whānau Contributions to Educational Success’.
This paper outlines the Children’s Commissioner’s position on partnership schools kura hourua and his views on the key elements that could be implemented to support the education success of all New Zealanders.
This paper reports on an inquiry into the impact being enrolled in formal non-parental early childhood services has on children’s wellbeing and makes recommendations on service delivery.
Other sources of information on poverty, children’s rights, and education
Inequality – a New Zealand Conversation – http://www.inequality.org.nz/
Office of the Children’s Commissioner – http://www.occ.org.nz/
Child Poverty Action Group – http://www.cpag.org.nz/
Tick For Kids – http://tick4kids.org.nz/