Tagged: schools

The demise of Project Energize in the Waikato - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 04, 2021

Emeritus Professor Elaine Rush, Auckland University of Technology New Zealand is a world leader in many things, but health promotion and disease prevention, particularly for children, is not one of them. One exception is the long-running Project Energize programme in the Waikato.  Every year for the last sixteen years, Project Energize worked with up to 240 schools attended by 40,000 … Read More

Controversy? Or Manufactroversy? - Unsorted

Alison Campbell Jan 22, 2020

A few days ago, New Zealand’s Minister of Education announced the wider release of a resource on climate change, which was initially trialled at a Christchurch school during 2018. According to the Minister, children will learn about “the role science plays in understanding climate change, aids understanding of both the response to it and its impacts – globally, nationally … Read More

How the firearms industry influences US gun culture, in 6 charts - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 26, 2018

Michael Siegel, Boston University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Americans have blamed many culprits, from mental illness to inadequate security, for the tragic mass shootings that are occurring with increasing frequency in schools, offices and theaters across the U.S. Yet in our nation’s ongoing conversation about the root … Read More

I need to discuss my concern… - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Nov 24, 2016

Distinguished Professor Viviane Robinson Education leaders can shy away from difficult conversations with teachers, or, struggle to recognise when they’ve prejudged the situation. But they can be taught to do better, and The University of Auckland’s Distinguished Professor Viviane Robinson is doing just that. Professor Robinson’s work on research-based guidance on student-centred leadership just won her the … Read More

Food, culture, regulation - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 29, 2016

The Herald reports that new Auckland university research shows –  shock, horror – that: “Sixty-nine per cent of urban schools have a convenience store within 800m and sixty-two per cent have a fast-food or takeaway shop in that distance” I was surprised the number was that low, but then in Wellington one finds small schools in all sorts of odd … Read More

Strengthening Secondary/Tertiary Collaboration - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Oct 07, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Secondary-Tertiary meeting, organised by Sabina Cleary of UC Ed Plus with the support of the Canterbury Science Teachers Association. This meeting involved teachers from secondary schools around Christchurch with staff from the three main tertiary institutions (University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology) to discuss various aspects of … Read More

Courtesy doesn't cost …. - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Sep 18, 2012

… well not in monetary terms. However, a little consideration by an employer in times of difficulty can help relieve rather than exacerbate the stress felt by staff. Unfortunately, it seems both the University of Canterbury and the Ministry of Education seem to have missed this point. I was talking last night to someone who has recently been made redundant by … Read More

Bigger Classes in Schools? Will they ever learn? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 03, 2012

Yet again the topic of class size in schools is in the news. A report from Treasury is suggesting that schools increase class sizes as a cost cutting measure for the government. It is disturbing to see it reported that Finance Minister Bill English has made comments that there is “clear evidence” that class size doesn’t matter. As someone who taught … Read More

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