Category: Education

The Teacher Crisis as it is.

Recently there has been a lot in the media about teachers pay, and current issues in education. This was somewhat heightened by the August strike – the first primary teachers have been on since...

Sufferage: The Sideways Movement

This year we celebrate 125 years since the Women’s Suffrage movement. In New Zealand, Kate Sheppard lead the charge to get women the vote. “Speaking for a new generation, she argued, ‘We are tired...

Teacher Workload: After the Standards

There was a small sigh of relief when the Rt Hon. Chris Hipkins announced that National Standards were no longer a government requirement for primary schools to use. Okay; it was more of a...

Individual Testing is Killing Teaching

When I was at school, I can’t remember ever doing a one on one test with my teacher. I’m not saying it didn’t happen. I’m saying I don’t remember it. I do remember being...

Please Restrain Me

Seriously. The latest in Ministry bull-hockey is in full swing. Many teachers were somewhat perplexed at the latest heightening of the issue of restraint in schools, when the Ministry introduced a layer of bureaucracy...