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A message from the pres - part three

Liz Robinson  -  May 30, 2017

PPTA’s work to make schools safe and inclusive for all is something we should be really proud of. Over the last few days it’s been great to feel like we’re on the right side of history with our guidelines on gender-neutral schools.

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Three 'solutions' to get young people voting

Liz Robinson  -  May 25, 2017

Dr Bryce Edwards, National Business Review

The politics of age is getting a lot of attention this election. “Generational politics” is said to explain much of what is going on when it comes to issues of housing, superannuation and inequality. And youth non-voting is seen as a major factor in declining voter turnout, with predictions that once again few young people will turn out on polling day.

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Time to recognise children as citizens

Liz Robinson  -  May 24, 2017

 Newsroom

In Budget 2017, we need policies that recognise children as citizens now as much as for the future, and as having the right to the best resources our country can offer. 

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Young Kiwis more engaged as citizens than we think

Liz Robinson  -  May 23, 2017

Newsroom 

Calls for more civics education in New Zealand schools have become a clamour in recent times. Parties as diverse as the Greens, the Māori Party, United Future and the Labour Party are committed to expanding civics education in schools or making it compulsory.

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Progressive thinking: ten perspectives on tax

Liz Robinson  -  May 22, 2017

Public Service Association

Check out the PSA's budget week publication for 2017, featuring ten leading authors, academics and campaigners writing on a broad range of topics in tax theory and policy, including contributions from Max Rashbrooke, Susan St John, Shamubeel Eaqub, Morgan Godfery and more.

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Resources for schools

Liz Robinson  -  May 18, 2017

The Electoral Commission

Help create a future of active, engaged citizens with Your Voice, Your Choice teaching units. 

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How can schools engage young people in democracy?

Liz Robinson  -  May 18, 2017

The Guardian

From running your own referendum to talking to your local MP, here’s how to use Brexit and the general election to inform students about politics and voting.

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Civics education

Participating and contributing?

Liz Robinson  -  May 18, 2017

New Zealand Council for Educational Research

The role of school and community in supporting civic and citizenship education. New Zealand results from the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study.

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