A Dollop of Enthusiasm
Jan09

A Dollop of Enthusiasm

By Melinda Collins Teachers can, and do, change lives. It’s a complex and demanding position requiring a great deal from its demonstrators. A teacher dons the mantle of communicator, evaluator, manager, disciplinarian, therapist and team leader. But it is passion which makes a good teacher great. While William Taylor, one of New Zealand’s most prolific writers, began his literary journey in the confines of the classroom,...

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Business High
Jan09

Business High

By Melinda Collins In the education sector ‘business’ was once a dirty word. Now it appears to be a profitable one. When self made millionaire and creator of Just Water, Tony Falkenstein first bandied about the idea of a business school within a high school setting, the concept was laughed off. “The Ministry of Education was opposed to teaching business as part of the curriculum. The comment was made that business...

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An Education In Itself
Jan09

An Education In Itself

By Kate Pierson It has become a ‘must experience’ getaway and a regular fixture in wishful daydreams when winter’s icy personality takes front and centre on the seasonal stage. And while it may have acquired some commercial elements as its popularity with consumers has grown in leaps and bounds, it has still retained its idyllic identity without the pretentious nature of other tropical retreats. Visit this haven and you’ll be greeted...

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Mainstream Malaise
Jan09

Mainstream Malaise

By Bridget Gourlay It’s been 30 years since the first children with intellectual disabilities were allowed entry into ‘regular’ classrooms. These children were met with a mixed reaction. Some were simply prejudiced – “I don’t want my child sitting next to a Mongol,” some expressed concern – “wouldn’t they be better off in a special classroom?” and others fear – “won’t they distract the teacher from normal kids?” But...

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A Charter For Selective Education
Jan09

A Charter For Selective Education

The Government’s decision to trial charter schools (part of a post-election deal with the Act party) in South Auckland and Christchurch, is proving more than a little controversial. Education sector union NZEI Te Riu Roa says the government should not be allowed to push any legislation on charter schools through parliament, without a proper select committee process. NZEI believes legislation will be needed around the funding and...

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