17 Dec 2019

Best of 2019: education

12:13 pm on 12 January 2020

"Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire," wrote the poet WB Yeats.

These ten stories prove his point.

Learning to love learning 

Teaching students to have an appetite for learning is just as important as learning itself, says renowned neuroscientist Jared Cooney Horvath.

A student at the Pacific Advance Secondary School.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

South Auckland kids write book to challenge negative stereotypes

After being fed up with stories about multiple shootings, street fights and crime in South Auckland, 11 local school kids decided they wanted to tell a different story about their community.

South Auckland Student Authors from Saint Mary Mackillop Catholic School

South Auckland Student Authors from Saint Mary Mackillop Catholic School Photo: RNZ/Indira Stewart

Dr Paul Wood: 'Prison was the most useful thing I could have experienced'

At the age of 19, Paul Wood was sentenced to life in prison for murder. Now he's a Doctor of Psychology.

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Photo: PHOTOGRAPHY BY WOOLF

Tertiary education: an overwhelming choice?

“One thing that we should probably start thinking of is having, as early as intermediate or early secondary school, future-oriented conversations with our students." 

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Photo: flickr - Incase

It's time we did better by Māori students

New Zealand's education system is failing Māori students by continuing to marginalise their culture, says Waikato University professor Mere Berryman.

Professor Mere Berryman

Photo: supplied

Shirley Walters: the power of lifelong learning

The need for ongoing and relevant education has never been more important, particularly in this time of climate crisis, South African activist and educator Shirley Walters says.

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Photo: supplied

Why isn't my professor Pasifika or Māori?

While universities may not be intentionally excluding Māori and Pasifika, institutional habits and structures may be discouraging or excluding them, says researcher Dr Sereana Naepi.

Conference and Presentation. Audience at the conference hall. Business and Entrepreneurship. Faculty lecture and workshop. Audience in the lecture hall. Academic education.

Photo: 123 RF

Dr Gregory Smith: from homeless alcoholic to grateful academic

Social sciences lecturer Gregory Smith talks to Jim Mora about how he dramatically turned his life around and how he sometimes helps others do the same.

Dr Gregory Smith

Photo: Elise Derwin

Developing the next generation of Māori leaders

Social entrepreneur Shay Wright is on a mission to empower and develop the next generation of Māori community and business leaders.

Social entrepreneur Shay Wright

Photo: shaywright.co.nz

Can you really achieve anything if you try hard enough?

Education policy should “focus relentlessly” on reducing the gap between the education that the richest people get and the middle class get, says Yale law professor  Daniel Markovits​, author of The Meritocracy Trap.

child writing at school

Photo: PHOTO NZ

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