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  • Liz Makalio
    pledged support 2017-05-25 21:35:52 +1200
  • Joel Rowlands
    pledged support 2017-05-23 16:00:08 +1200
  • Tim Fleming
    pledged support 2017-05-20 19:54:18 +1200
  • Sophie Tamati
    pledged support 2017-05-17 20:30:25 +1200
    This is an exciting policy that ticks all the boxes to grow the potential of our next generations.
  • Judith Smallbone
    pledged support 2017-05-06 12:45:00 +1200
    Like the sound of this as a teacher :)
  • Heather Anderson
    pledged support 2017-05-05 09:30:17 +1200
    Also change the rules so that centres can open 24/7 to enable shift workers, emergency works and families in a crisis moment to have their children cared for/ educated. This would decrease stress on families. System of the way hours of care per week work does not suit modern world time frames. The rules hurt families with limited choices
  • Shelley Barnard
    pledged support 2017-04-24 07:34:41 +1200
  • Chris Dye
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-20 15:09:57 +1200
    I pledged to vote for TOP
  • Chris Dye
    pledged support 2017-04-20 15:09:08 +1200
  • Peter Van Dijk
    pledged support 2017-04-17 22:24:14 +1200
  • Carol Sumner
    pledged support 2017-04-11 13:15:28 +1200
  • Roana Bennett
    pledged support 2017-03-25 21:36:04 +1300
    This policy is pointed in the right direction and some great initiatives. But the devil is in the detail. Alot of good people are doing a lot of great work in education. Balance is required. A strong youth voice is required5.
  • Roana Bennett
    pledged support 2017-03-25 21:14:20 +1300
  • Barbara Anderson
    pledged support 2017-03-23 11:32:45 +1300
  • Christopher Cookson
    pledged support 2017-03-15 21:08:03 +1300
    What's in the policy looks good, however I think there should be incentives for people who graduate in high demand areas like healthcare and science and maths teachers for example, who stay in NZ to work after they graduate.
    A bonding scheme that writes off some student debt in return for working where needed in NZ would be better than free education. As it is, even with student loans, graduates have subsidised course costs, but once graduated they can take their skills overseas.
    One could argue that those with in-demand skills can earn well anyway, however if they can earn better overseas, then NZ's investment in their education is lost, whereas providing some financial incentives to stay in NZ would be beneficial to both the graduates and to NZ, but would be far cheaper than simply providing free tertiary education to everyone.
  • SImon Mahony
    pledged support 2017-03-15 02:25:46 +1300
    Finally a smart education policy that reflects the research (and frankly common sense). Nice one guys.
  • Kate Tyson
    pledged support 2017-03-14 10:13:55 +1300
  • Carroll Doyland
    pledged support 2017-02-28 12:12:51 +1300
  • Wayne Facer
    pledged support 2017-02-25 23:31:14 +1300
    As a recently finished principal who now runs a self owned multi million $ education consultancy company I have a few other education ideas that I would be keen to discuss.
    Namely, removing RTLB's and putting the money straight back into the cshools, rather than the beaurocracy that RTLB's are.
    I have a few other ideas that would work also.
  • Shannon Smith
    pledged support 2017-02-25 19:42:59 +1300
  • Geoff Walker
    pledged support 2017-02-24 23:23:54 +1300
  • Caroline McGurk
    pledged support 2017-02-23 10:14:30 +1300
    Thank god, my son is not competitive but he is clever and I want him to learn for his future on this planet not be continually assessed and ranked on what he is not doing well. I trust his teachers and him to enjoy his whole school experience and they need the stress free environment to make this happen. Keep up the good work.
  • Pete Fountain
    pledged support 2017-02-22 15:59:14 +1300
    Great ideas!!
    Our family are from an educational background and this sounds excellent!
  • Skalk Van Der Merwe
    pledged support 2017-02-21 13:21:36 +1300
  • Andrew Burton
    pledged support 2017-02-21 09:10:14 +1300
    My boy is enrolled in NZ Correspondence School - Te Kura. It is very good. Some lessons could be learnt by mainstream education (schools) by looking at how Te Kura works.

    There are the social aspects of schools that are important but the learning aspect seems to be far better with Te Kura...until the need for science experiments with well-equipped labs.

    The whole concept of how children are taught needs to be changed at the most basic and fundamental level.

    I don't have the answer, I only have our own observations.
  • Daniel Schwalm
    pledged support 2017-02-21 03:42:01 +1300
  • Tarawau Keri
    pledged support 2017-02-21 03:22:44 +1300
  • Nick Allan
    pledged support 2017-02-20 21:48:28 +1300
  • duncan cairncross
    pledged support 2017-02-20 19:15:15 +1300
    The policy is good as far as it goes
    BUT
    It misses the biggest opportunity
    There is a comment about - using the teachers as professionals - not "rote Learning"
    I agree with this - HOWEVER even as "professionals" we do need to put the work in as a central resource to help them

    When I was working as an Engineer I had to train people from time to time - I WAS the EXPERT - the "professional" but the preparation work for a specific training piece would normally take at three or four times as long as the actual training did
    The more time and effort that was put into the preparation - the better the training went

    We should have a significant central group of Teachers doing as much of the preparation and guidance work as is possible - this would enable the actual teachers to concentrate on their students and ensure that they are receiving and understanding the material

    I see this as a large initial effort - with a continual improvement process to follow on

    This would almost be an "example" school where teachers would work out the best training/teaching methods (teachers as students in this school???) and then disseminate the results to all of our schools

  • Florence Malama
    pledged support 2017-02-20 17:33:44 +1300