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Roadmap for Recovery: Briefing to the Incoming Government

New Zealand faces its worst recession in nearly a century. Unfortunately, the economic response to the challenges of Covid-19 leaves much to be desired. Most new policy initiatives proposed in the run-up to the 2020 general election range from trivial at best to economic sabotage at worst. New Zealanders deserve better. Read more

The New Zealand Initiative
8 October, 2020

Media release: ‘The only briefing a minister needs,’ report presents key solutions for next government

Wellington, 7 October 2020 – Over the next few years, New Zealand will face an immense challenge to keep Kiwi’s employed, get the economy growing again and rein in debt. According to a report by The New Zealand Initiative, there is also an important opportunity to fix the worst social and economic ills that have plagued this country for decades. After relative success in combatting Covid-19, Kiwis are ahead of the game and in a position to finally make up... Read more

Media release
8 October, 2020
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New Zealand’s Education Delusion: How bad ideas ruined a once world-leading school system

There is a rot at the core of schooling in New Zealand.The Ministry of Education follows unscientific advice and is in thrall to a flawed philosophy.Education is awash with debates and dichotomies. Should schooling be about knowledge or personal discovery? Should teachers provide motivation for learning or nurture it intrinsically? Should schools provide freedom now or preparation for freedom as an adult?For most teachers and parents, answers lie somewhere in the middle. As Education Minister Chris Hipkins said: Read more

Briar Lipson
7 October, 2020

Media release: NZ schooling must reverse alarming decline, new report says

Wellington, 6 October 2020 – New Zealand’s education system is a mess, riddled with unscientific ideas and seduced by child-centred orthodoxy, according to a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. Falling from its height as the envy of the world just twenty years ago, the Ministry of Education has let New Zealand’s education system unravel by turning the focus away from teaching knowledge and on to 21st-century “competencies.” In a comprehensive new report, New Zealand’s Education Delusion: How bad... Read more

Media release
7 October, 2020
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The worrying trend behind NZ's educational decline

Briar Lipson's new book New Zealand’s Education Delusion: How bad ideas ruined a once world-leading school system explains why there is a rot at the core of schooling in New Zealand. The report found that educational standards have plummeted over the past two decades. Where New Zealand children once topped international league tables, they now perform mediocrely. Briar talks to Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB about what philosophy is behind this worrying trend. Read more

Briar Lipson
Mike Hosking Breakfast - Newstalk ZB
7 October, 2020
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How can we fix New Zealand's education system?

Educational standards have plummeted over the past two decades. Where New Zealand children once topped international league tables, they now perform mediocrely due to education providers blindly adhering to the philosophy of child-centred learning. Research FellowBriar Lipson talks with Duncan Garner on The AM Show about how much work is needed to fix this. Read more

Briar Lipson
The AM Show
7 October, 2020
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What's going wrong in our schools?

Research Fellow Briar Lipson explains in a new book why New Zealand’s education system is a mess, riddled with unscientific ideas and seduced by child-centred orthodoxy.She talks to John Campbell on TVNZ Breakfast about how to create the corrective shift that will reverse the decline and narrow New Zealand's educational inequities. Read more

Briar Lipson
TVNZ Breakfast
7 October, 2020

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