Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Welcome to a year of a new decade, the new curriculum, and the risk of National Standards!
1. Implement the NZ Curriculum
2. Improve outcomes in writing (school wide PD)
3. Review, clarify and streamline systems to ensure coherence school wide.
4. Maintain targeted support for staff to ensure quality teaching and learning practice
5. Comply with national standards
6. Use data to inform future focus and school wide professional development
It is a challenge to have one of the most exciting curriculums of all time (and one that is much respected internationally) all set to go in 2010 and to have learning environments that celebrate the individual learner as a whole child with creative, artistic, scientific, physical and social skills and values and then have it all side swiped by a series of national standards.
It is critical that we prepare our children for tomorrow not yesterday Eleanor Roosevelt wisely said "It is today we must create the world of the future!". We cannot and will not empower our learners through tests and standards (the way of the 1940's-1960's) It has not worked anywhere in the world- in fact it has been a dismal failure to children and for teachers. We will not help our children to have a sense of self worth and achievement through national standards. Remember "Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts" (Albert Einstein). It is also fascinating that the move to National standards is at a time the economy is eliminating standardized jobs. If we want to improve outcomes for learners tests and standards will not do it.
We will have an amazing year regardless of this intrusion on self governing schools. We will comply with requirements should the Government not have a change of heart but we will comply without compromising all that our community have told us they believe in and want for their children over the last three years. We will enjoy the opportunity to show that through quality teaching practice and clarity of vision we can achieve excellent outcomes for our children. This has been the Windsor School tradition of the past and it will continue in 2010!
I am looking forward to a wonderful 2010 with highly motivated children dedicated and reflective staff, an engaged and supportive parent community and a visionary Board of Trustees.