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SOSNZ 2013 in review

Sydney Opera HouseThe concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 56,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Not bad.  Not bad at all!

Map of the worldReaders came from 143 different countries, with most of them coming from New Zealand, of course.  Quite a lot were from the USA, with the UK and Australia not far behind.  Which is no surprise since we are all facing similar education deforms.

The most popular posts were viewed by thousands of people and are still getting hits.  National Stigma – two teachers speak out really hit a nerve, speaking the words that so many of you wanted to say.  The next three most popular posts were:

Unpacking the sound bite “quality teaching eliminates socioeconomic disadvantage”

Teachers – thank you, thank you, thank you – John Kuhn’s speech

an ode to badass teachers

The most viewed image was this gem, as valid now as it was then, with the constant fandangoes orchestrated by Beehive press officers and danced to by the mainstream media:

John Key has a plan ... faint

The SOSNZ Facebook page leapt up to 1728 likers, and our Twitter warblings attracted a hearty 639 followers, and there were even a couple of times I was spotted out in the field, so to speak, Tweeting live at a union meeting and also in parliament at the oral submissions regarding charter (partnership) schools.

headdeskSpecial thanks to everyone who has sent in links, shared comments, allowed me to publish their own words, retweeted or otherwise spread the word about the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM).

In 2014, we can do more to push back against these reforms.  We can change this government for one that puts children at the forefront, one that works *with* educators rather than belittling them, that puts children before profits, and quality education before privatisation.

Please make sure you vote.  I don’t care who for, but be sure to look at which parties are truly looking after the interests of our tamariki, look at their past form, and vote for someone who will care about people over profits.

Happy New Year to you all, Kia Ora, and thank you.

~ Dianne

Boonman’s education pop quiz 2013

quizI do love a good quiz, and Mr Boon has some excellent questions for us:

“As the curtain comes down on 2013 I have just a few questions:

  1. If it took a new school in Wellington a year to set up (principal and teachers working behind the scenes for 12 months before a student set foot in the place – heard them speak at a conference), how can the 5 new charter schools the government issued licences to just a few months back be ready for the 2014 school year with a school that will successfully deliver education to kiwi learners?
  2. Why won’t the government accept that the under-achieving 20% tail they keep talking about is actually the same 20% of kiwi kids living in poverty (according to the report by the Children’s Commissioner that figure is now 25%)?
  3. How can the government reconcile its continued calls for improved teacher quality with the regulation allowing charter schools to hire unregistered, unqualified staff to teach in their classrooms?
  4. Will the New Zealand public drop their love-affair with the bafoonering of John Key and vote in a Labour/Green government this time next year?”

What are your answers?  Boonman’s are pretttty good… Here are Boonman’s answers.

Happy New Year from Hek!!

Hi everybody!

Hek here. Just relaxing on the deck with a tankard of chards preparing for everything when it kicks off next week. Campbell Live starts again tomorrow so I’ve got my “no comment” stickers warmed up and ready to go.

Lots of people have been asking me where I’ve been for the last 7 months. As John Key pointed out before Christmas, I’m on holiday. I’ve been on holiday since around about September – or at least that’s what I think. I’ve been relaxing for so long now I don’t even know what day it is! The only reason I know John Campbell starts tomorrow is that I came in too early while fast forwarding through the ads on MySky.

2013 is going to be a great year. I can feel it in my bones….”

Read the rest here –>  Happy New Year from Hek!!.

2013, the Year of the Pupil

ImageMake this year about the students:

Let’s fight changes that will not help children succeed.

Let’s fight to keep our rounded curriculum.

Let’s fight for quality schooling.

Let’s fight for quality teachers and quality training.

Let’s fight spin.

Let’s fight failed ideologies.

Let’s fight underhand measures.

Let’s fight for our children.

~Dianne

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