Mon, 24 Sep 2012 6:14p.m.
There's been a backlash from teachers and school principals to the publishing of National Standards data.
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30/09/2012 9:21:58 p.m.
Not all teachers the same! Not all schools the same! Not all kids the same! Teachers (or the ones I talk with) have nothing against accountability and authentic assessment. The way National Standards was introduced implies that all schools have a level playing field. Ask any new entrant teacher and they can tell you on day one if a child is ready for school learning or if they are at a 3 year old level or whether behaviour will be an issue through their schooling. Teachers are professionals and are rightly worried about the rushed way the National government is pushing through changes without proper consultation. @Carlos re the 15 weeks holidays... 5 days a week I arrive before 7 and leave sometime after 5. I complete work at home, including over the weekend. I work hard for my kids and I love teaching. If I didn't I'd get a stress free, 8 hrs day job that I can leave at the door when I walk out!! 1 in 5 kids living in welfare dependent homes; 1 in 5 kids below standard; It's not rocket science but assessing kids is not going to make them learn. Our kids deserve a top rate education and for 80% of them they get it! The government needs to stop blaming NZ world rated teachers and address the issue of poverty in NZ. Not as easy as playing the "look we're doing something" game and the " it's not societies problem it's the schools" blame game. If we want NZ to be a place that our children will want to stay and raise their own children, run their business e.t.c then we need to stop putting money into short sited filler solutions and attack the real issues even if we won't see 'big' results between elections.
27/09/2012 11:11:16 a.m.
Most Teachers should be on a different Planet, as they are not in this real world, if they don't believe in national standards.
25/09/2012 10:06:20 p.m.
Planet Carlos must be a very different place from Planet Teaching, of which you clearly have no knowledge whatsoever.
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