Labour commits to education spending
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 11:49a.m.
The Labour Party will roll out reading-recovery programmes to all schools and develop a maths-recovery programme if it forms a future Government.
The education policy initiative is being announced by Labour leader David Shearer in a speech at St Leonard's Road School, Kelston, in West Auckland this afternoon.
Mr Shearer said reading-recovery programmes were available in only 59 percent of low-decile schools.
"Reading recovery is the gold-standard intervention to help kids who are struggling to learn to read. It's a proven success and should be available to every child who needs it," he said.
Labour would also investigate a maths-recovery programme, he said.
"In today's world a kid with no skills is a kid with no future. Education is critical to building a modern 21st-century economy," he said.
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9/09/2012 5:24:34 p.m.
Peter Mitchell wrote:
Reading recovery programs are an indication of a complete failure of teachers to teach. it is too easy to push kids into reading recovery classes because of a lack of teaching competence. Any teacher who fails to teach kids to read given the tiny classes of today is not entitled to their job. Going away from phonetics has created teachers that can't spell and in turn can't teach reading.
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