Policy in a minute – TOP’s Education and life long learning policy


Our education system is failing to equip
kids for the 21st century. We’re focused on old-fashioned ideas like the three R’s –
reading, writing, and arithmetic. I mean these things don’t even start
with the letter ‘R’! We need to focus on 21st century skills like the four C’s instead –
Collaboration, Creativity, Critical thinking, Communication. These are the
things that businesses say they need these days. And to do that we need to
invest early in free, full-time, high quality early childhood education. And by
the way that’ll help close the gaps between rich and poor as well. We need
less testing, more teaching. All these skills they can’t be tested for. The more
we try and test people, the more we drive them back to old 20th century
thinking. We need high quality teachers to deliver this new type of education,
and we need to make sure that schools and teachers collaborate rather than
compete. It’s a waste of resources trying to compete in education. We should be
using those resources to teach kids! I hope you enjoyed that Policy in a
Minute. If you want to see more videos like these click here, and if you have a
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22 thoughts on “Policy in a minute – TOP’s Education and life long learning policy”

  1. So what you are saying to retired folk is, the scrimping and saving you have done during your working life to pay off your house,  is going to be taxed now, from your tiny pension. How are they expected to find that cash? Why should they be punished in this way? You say its better not to pay off your mortgage, instead, spend on overseas travel, flash cars, cigarettes, alcohol and the "good life", and then when you retire, you wont need to front up for that tax on your assets. You expect people to vote for that concept??

  2. I am still not clear on why the family home cannot be exempted. Is it an administrative problem (i.e. too hard to police) is just worse economics. Even accepting that most people will be better off, it is difficult emotionally to accept you should pay tax on your home, when you have already paid tax on the income you earned to save for it (though I logically accept you can use that argument for other things also)

  3. I agree that there is a need to change the way we approach education. And to those people who are sceptical or resistant to the need for change, I propose that the ToP education policy does not mean the fundamentals of 'reading, riting and rithmatic' need to seen as 'throwing the baby out with the bath water'. Teaching the '4C's' as proposed in the video does not preclude children getting a good grounding in those foundation skills. It's that they get taught in a context that is relevant and meaningful to the children. That is different to how children are currently taught. You can find a more detailed description of this approach at the link below… 🙂 https://easeeducation.co.nz/2016/11/27/standards-and-creativity-can-co-exist-in-the-classroom/

  4. someone needs to read the NZ curriculum. The key competencies underpin all other academic areas, and cover more than the 4 C's. Try harder TOP. Look for models of education success such as Finland or Singapore, not Silicon Valley.

  5. problem one: I went to university in the 1990's – (BA Hons – with History, Political Science, Economic History, Philosophy, Conflict Studies, English) even back then one of our first year politics lecturers walked into the lecture and said something along the lines of 'the standards of basic grammar are so appalling instead of giving you the lecture I had planned I need to give you a basic grammar lesson' – which he did. everything he taught
    I already knew – but I learnt it from my family, not school – and obviously not everyone else did – but I wasn't taught the fundamentals of grammar at school even then (1980s) – and with all due respect to NZQA I doubt it is being taught now. We NEED the basics first and foremost.

  6. What would you do with the child support system? The one we have is broken and encourages parental alienation as a financial driver.

  7. Yeah who needs language and mathematics when you can learn collaboration and creativity …. Loony toons policy you have there mate

  8. We need to subsidise teachers to live in Auckland as the cost of living is too high given the salaries they receive. How about accommodation subsidies based on zones or similar?

  9. agree with the critical thinking, creativity, etc etc, however schools do cater for that somewhat, and regardless of how good you are at the other four, you still need to read, write and count…so maybe focus should be just extending the current system as oppose to focusing on the later?

  10. You mention you will improve the quality of ECE, but how will you do that? I can't find any specifics in your policy document.

  11. Love the video re Education – great for Early Childhood. I would like to know what Labour will do about The Education Review Office.  It has lost the 'plot' by breaking which isn't broken in Early childhood centres and schools. They have become more of a Management establishment and are really not effective in their approach anymore.  I hope that Labour will look into this issue.

  12. The Education Review Office isn't necessary anymore – we already have an audit office anyway.  They are a wasted resource – and making it very competitive amongst teachers – ticking the boxes putting our children on 'conveyer belts, rather then the real education of the children

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