SecondaryEd news 20 Mar 2017

When the middle class flee - Radio NZ Insight story; PISA results - some good commentary (awful headline); school streaming - includes information and timely observation, some fitting and turning, some sales pitch, some reminiscing; Christchurch students continue to show quake-related signs of stress; Chris Whelan on the Productivity Commission report - due tomorrow (we wonder what the flow-on effect to secondary schools might be) ...

Media items selected by the PPTA Te Wehengarua as an update on secondary education and union issues in the news, with the main focus on New Zealand.

Insight: Poorer Schools - When the Middle Class Flee
Dumbing down a generation: Performance of NZ schoolchildren plummeting
Streaming kids into top and bottom classes blamed for dragging down NZ students
Editorial: Streaming a weapon of maths destruction
Andrew Dickens: Streaming tells kids they’re not good enough
Christchurch schools still struggling with quake-rattled kids
Schools' sugary drink target fizzles
Local man stands up for right to free education
First ever Pride Week at Chch school a success
Staff at under-threat Salisbury School pledge to fight on to keep gates open
Education Ministry accused of blocking enrolments to Nelson's Salisbury School before closure confirmed
Auckland school 'crazy' to carry out asbestos removal - expert
Moving into the learning zone
Duncan Garner: The facts of life should come from parents, not overloaded teachers
Chris Whelan: Build on success but avoid fads and experimentationon (Tertiary)
On this we can all agree. Selection is bad for our schools (UK)

Insight: Poorer Schools - When the Middle Class Flee
From Insight, 19 March 2017
Enrolments of Pākehā students at low-decile schools remain stubbornly low, and principals say it is not good for schools or for society.

Dumbing down a generation: Performance of NZ schoolchildren plummeting
Saturday Mar 18, 2017
International tests reveal the performance of our schoolchildren is plummeting despite years of education reform designed to create brighter futures for the next generation. Simon Collins asks the experts where it all went wrong.

Streaming kids into top and bottom classes blamed for dragging down NZ students
Simon Collins, Saturday Mar 18, 2017
A top educator wants schools to stop streaming children into top, middle and bottom classes, saying the practice is helping to drag Kiwi students' learning down behind other countries.
Former University of Auckland professor John Hattie, who now heads the Melbourne Education Research Institute, says students placed into lower-streamed classes can never catch up because they are not given challenging lessons.

Editorial: Streaming a weapon of maths destruction
Friday Mar 17, 2017
"Streaming" of school pupils into classes of academic ability has long been out of favour, in educational theory.
But in practice it happens, obviously to a far greater extent than schools may want to admit.

Andrew Dickens: Streaming tells kids they’re not good enough
Andrew Dickens Sunday Cafe, Sunday, 19 March 2017
You start off in 3B and end up in 3E – that’s the Grammar School slide.
I started at Auckland Grammar School in 1976. In those days DJ Graham was the Head and we did things the hard way. In the first week as a third former - or a turd as the rest of the school knew us - we all sat exams. Basic Maths, English and Comprehension.

Christchurch schools still struggling with quake-rattled kids
Maja Burry, RNZ
Schools in the Christchurch say they are still struggling to support children who are showing signs of quake-related stress.

Schools' sugary drink target fizzles
Rowan Quinn
A government goal to get sugary drinks out of all schools by the end of last year appears to have failed.

Local man stands up for right to free education
Stephanie Arthur-Worsop, Rotorua Daily Post.
A local man is standing up for the right to free education after discovering some parents feel pressured into paying donations and activity fees.
Daniel Patterson contacted the Minister of Education after reading an online conversation posted on a Rotorua Facebook page about parents feeling pressured into paying their child's public school donations.

First ever Pride Week at Chch school a success
By GayNZ.com Daily News staff - 19th March 2017
An openly gay student at Shirley Boys High School has successfully organised the very first Pride week at the school and delivered a courageous speech during a full school assembly.

Staff at under-threat Salisbury School pledge to fight on to keep gates open
CHERIE SIVIGNON, March 18 2017
Staff at beleaguered Salisbury School near Nelson are not giving up the fight to keep the doors open.
"I wouldn't give up," said teacher Dale Roozenburg. "They'll have to shut the gates on me first."
Salisbury is a residential school in Richmond that caters for girls from years 3 to 11 who have complex intellectual impairment.

Education Ministry accused of blocking enrolments to Nelson's Salisbury School before closure confirmed
9:36 pm on 18 March 2017
The Ministry of Education refutes claims it told staff to discourage parents from enrolling their children at a Nelson school for girls with intellectual disabilities in ongoing efforts to close it.

Auckland school 'crazy' to carry out asbestos removal - expert
Belinda Feek, Sunday Mar 19, 2017
An asbestos expert says an Auckland school is "crazy" to remove 700 tonnes of contaminated soil while the children are around.

Moving into the learning zone
Sunday Mar 19, 2017
Documentary reveals outside the box idea to get kids into good schools.
When an American man living in New Zealand watched a documentary about Maori and Pacifica youth underachieving in education he came up with a pioneering idea to make a change.

Duncan Garner: The facts of life should come from parents, not overloaded teachers
DUNCAN GARNER, March 18 2017
OPINION:  I've been lucky to get a reasonably good insight into what goes on in our schools in recent years.
In many ways I've had a front row seat in the classroom, and I'm not sure it's always been a privilege.
And that's not because we have bad teachers and poor schools, not at all.

Chris Whelan: Build on success but avoid fads and experimentation (Tertiary)
CHRIS WHELAN, March 19 2017
OPINION: Make no mistake, the Productivity Commission's report on tertiary education, due out on Tuesday, is of importance to every single one of us.
It's been commissioned by the ministers of finance and tertiary education to advise the Government on how well the system is doing and how well placed it is to keep serving this country in the coming decades.

UK
On this we can all agree. Selection is bad for our schools
Nicky Morgan, Lucy Powell and Nick Clegg, Sunday 19 March 2017
More grammar schools are not the answer to improving social mobility and preparing Britain for the future

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