The Ministry of Education is brushing off a new report which claims to have uncovered a “rot at the core of schooling in New Zealand”.
The New Zealand Initiative says Kiwi kids’ declining success in literacy and maths is down to a focus on the “flawed philosophy” of “child-centred learning”.
“We used to be the envy of the world,” report author Briar Lipson told The AM Show on Wednesday.
“Just 20 years ago we were third in the whole world for reading and maths for 15-year-olds, and since then we’ve done nothing but decline. In reading we’re now sixth, and 19th for maths.”
At the same time as NCEA pass rates have climbed, our students have dropped in the international rankings.
“We follow what’s called child-centred learning – that sounds like a