Speech to NZ Principals’ Federation Annual Moot
22 March 2013
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today.
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to speak to the Auckland Primary Principals Association and set out some initial thinking on a new, positive direction for education in New Zealand.
Some of you were in that audience, and many of you seem to have read the speech online judging by the emails, tweets and facebook messages I’ve had since then.
In that speech I restated Labour’s commitment to Peter Fraser’s vision for education:
“The [Labour] government’s objective, broadly expressed, is that all persons, whatever their level of ability, whether they live in town our country, have a right as citizens to a free education of the kind for which they are best fitted and to the fullest extent of their powers.”
Today, just as we did in Peter Fraser’s time, Labour recognises that every child is different, that children learn different things at different times, and that students are far more likely to be engaged in education if they are taught a broad and varied curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »