Wairoa Star column – Stuart Nash
If you were the boss of the education system in New Zealand, what would you do first?
This is a serious question. The government wants to hear from you as part of its online survey of the whole country which will shape the future of learning for the next 30 years.
We call it an Education Conversation or a Kōrero Mātauranga. Please take part in the survey before the end of July. The website details are below. The Education Minister has released a snapshot of the 11,000 ideas people have sent in so far.
Most of the feedback has come from parents (40 percent). It shows just how important education is to the future of their children. Teachers make up 35 percent of those who responded, and 12 percent of those who have taken part are primary and secondary students. Fourteen percent of the ideas have come from Maori individuals and groups and the Education Minister would like to hear more from you.
The survey does not take long and has four main questions:
• What does a successful student of the future look like to you?
• What will they need to know and be able to do?
• What things need to be in place to make sure every learner is successful?
• If you were the boss of education in New Zealand, what would you do first?
Some of the responses so far are thought-provoking. Ideas include: no students should be disadvantaged by their family income or circumstances; teachers need better pay and more support staff; children with additional learning needs should have more support; there should be better teaching of Māori culture and history; some felt te reo Māori should be compulsory, at least in primary schools; students need recognition for their contributions outside school to family/whānau, hapu, iwi, and community; young people feel there is too much focus on assessments; and bullying is a problem.
Do you have ideas too? This is a once in a generation chance to create an education system for all our children and young people.
Jump online and have your say before 31 July https://consultation.education.govt.nz/