Opinion - hazing: the underbelly of an otherwise excellent education
My husband attended a prestigious boys’ boarding school in England. I attended a co-ed secondary state school in the Waikato. It is no perhaps no surprise we have fairly different views on “hazing”, the practice whereby older students administer punishments or ritualised initiation challenges for younger students.
The sector speaks up: the future of New Zealand education
Education Review’s outstanding ‘Sector Voices’ special e-edition was published at the end of 2015, bringing together the varied and considered opinions of leaders, principals and teachers to reveal the key issues New Zealand education faces going forward. Here is a taste of some of the topics and views that emerged.
Achieving a work-life-study balance
DR CHRISTOPHER THEUNISSEN discusses how a supported distance teaching and learning model can help ensure student success in a time poor environment.
Not for the faint-hearted: leadership of a charter school
JUDE BARBACK visits New Zealand’s first partnership school, South Auckland Middle School, and talks to Alwyn Poole about the joys and challenges of getting a new school up and running amidst staunch opposition.
Surrender and retain
The new Education Amendment Act will allow teachers to search and seize student devices in order to hold perpetrators of cyber bullying to account, but student privacy issues prove to be a sticky issue. By JUDE BARBACK.
From procrastination to productivity
As a personal performance & development coach working with postgraduate students, Brian Johnston has seen it all. Here, he discusses how procrastination and other self-sabotaging behaviours need to be addressed to become a productive postgrad.
The big wide world – but at what cost?
Concerns over health and safety, increasing inequality between and within schools, financial pressure on parents, and difficulty with fundraising all create hurdles for the overseas school trip. However, many schools believe these obstacles should not stand in the way of offering their students the chance to experience the world.
Careers education at a crossroads
As schools eagerly await the outcome of last year’s CIAGE (Careers Information, Advice, Guidance and Education) review and what changes it might bring, Education Review takes a look at what tools and services are currently paving the way for students.
Our big bullying problem: are we getting anywhere?
New research shows that New Zealand’s schools’ anti-bullying policies are not up to scratch. What else can we do? JUDE BARBACK confronts this uncomfortable topic.
A valued education
Whose job is it to instil values in our young people? The family’s? The school’s? The teacher’s? Everyone’s? JUDE BARBACK spins the moral and ethical compass.
Safety in the city
An international student safety DVD was launched recently by the Auckland City Council.
Helping new teachers through the labyrinth
Good mentoring and induction are a whole-school responsibility
What will they do for fun?
EVA MARIA SALIKHOVA takes a look at the longitudinal study, ***Growing Up in New Zealand.***
What pushes your button?
Workplace stress can hit teachers hard. WAYNE ERB finds out the first thing to do is identify the cause.
A stake in the ground
Creating a workplace culture can drive improvements but has its challenges.
How we do things around here
Workplace culture is a common concept in other sectors, so what about in schools? WAYNE ERB takes a look at two examples at either end of the spectrum.
These parents are doing it
MAUREEN WOODHAMS outlines a world-leading organisation built on the core value of parents laying a lasting foundation for their children’s learning.