Save Our Schools NZ

Blame the teachers

Who is to blame that some students achieve less than others?

Is apportioning blame and pointing fingers actually helpful for anything other than head-line grabbing?

Admit it – did you click on this because of the headline, hoping for an easy answer?

Well there isn’t one.  It’s a complex issue.

Why we need to consider this

If you see an easy head-line friendly fix for these issues, prepare to sound the alarm.

The truth is, until we put vote-grabbing solutions aside, try to avoid the blame game, and look for genuine research on the issue and unpolitical, unhysterical, practical, research-based solutions, we won’t get very far.

It’s particularly pertinent given some are arguing that there is a long tail of under achievement comprising predominantly Maori and Pasifika students and that schools and teachers are to blame for this.  This argument is then used to promote policy changes such as the introduction of…

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