April 11, 2021
Streaming part of history of dumbed down education
A Māori educationalist says streaming in schools is part of a long history of structures used to hold back Māori.
Hana O'Regan heads CORE Education consultancy, which is offering to help schools find an alternative to banding or ability grouping which is still prevalent in schools despite being against the Education Ministry policy.
She says Māori think tank Tokona Te Raki has identified how streaming enforces a systemic bias against Māori and Pacific learners akin to what used to be done in Native Schools.
"The policies in our country actually made it illegal to teach the academic subjects in Māori native schools because they didn't want Māori succeeding in the academic subjects because they needed them to perform – this was the perception of the time – to be the labourers, the housemaids, the servants," Dr O'Regan says.
She says getting rid of streaming will require a willingness to change from the top down.
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