A More Inclusive Approach to Education

By Michael Edmonds 30/01/2015


The Chief Executive of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (and my bosses boss) gave a talk at TEDx in Christchurch last year describing a more inclusive and broader approach to education. I think she makes some good points; having taught in the polytechnic sector for 15 years now I have found my concept of successful education has certainly changed. I have great admiration for those who can construct houses (when I can’t nail two pieces of wood together), move an audience to tears or laughter through performance, or cook and serve an imaginative degustation meal.

And for those for whom money is the indication of a successful career there are certainly diplomas which afford more lucrative career pathways than degrees.