April 24, 2013
Building on Success ludicrous
One of the developers of Te Kotahitanga says it’s ludicrous to call a replacement programme for lifting Māori achievement in mainstream secondary schools Building on Success.
The Education Ministry says it won’t fund Te Kotahitanga past the end of this year, but it will be built on in the new programme.
Professor Russell Bishop from Waikato University says it took a decade to develop and refine the programme to help the Pakeha teaching workforce understand of the cultural factors that affect Māori learners.
He says cherry-picking aspects of it won’t work.
“They’re not going to be on the build success because one of the key features of Te Kotahitanga is in-class coaching for teachers. We’re known for research all around the world but that’s a very effective way to bring about change in classrooms and yet – in building on success – they’re not going to have that,” he says.
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