The New Zealand Initiative is calling for a revamp of New Zealand’s curriculum
A Wellington-based think tank has called for a revamp of New Zealand’s curriculum, describing the current system as unscientific and the cause of a decline in student achievement.
The New Zealand Initiative argues the curriculum should be evidence based rather than based on the “philosophy” of child-centred learning.
Author Briar Lipson said despite a rise in per-pupil spending, New Zealand’s international achievement rates had been falling.
According to the report, New Zealand’s Education Delusion: How bad ideas ruined a once world-leading school system, in the year 2000 the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), ranked New Zealand 15-year olds as third in the OECD for reading and maths, and sixth for science literacy.
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