Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hekia Parata speaks at the opening of Learning@School 2012

While I did not attend the Learning@School Conference this year in Hamilton I was interested to see that our new Education Minister - Hekia Parata - was one of the opening speakers.  Thanks to CORE I watched the video of her speech (see this link).

Her speech was centered around the following four points (a) placing the learner at the centre of all we do, (b) a commitment to quality teaching, (c) raising student achievement, and (d) enabling all of this to happen through the use of ICT.

I was impressed with how she spoke - no notes, no lectern and certainly with passion.  It was obvious that she has done a lot of reading for her new 'portfolio' and its seems that she is already more enthusiastic about working with the sector than was apparent last year.  What she wants is certainly aspirational and what every school wants for its students.  Just how we go about it and what policy is put in place, or pushed further, will be interesting.  Watch this space...

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