Category: Education

Dr Jeff Fynn-Paul

Is it Racist to Disagree with a Person of Colour? 

The left is now in grave danger of throwing out the baby of our democracy, with the bathwater of our colonial past. But our democratic institutions, and the science, and the meritocracy that support them, have to be allowed to flourish without wrong-minded opportunism based on an appropriation of history, including the history of race.  


Dr Muriel Newman

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

On behalf of the New Zealand Centre for Political Research I would like to thank you for your wonderful interest and support over the last 12 months - and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!


Dr Muriel Newman

Failing Education

Education has long been described as a passport to a better future, but with increasing numbers of students leaving school with no qualifications at all, the system appears to be failing the very children for whom it was traditionally a lifeline .


Karl du Fresne

Doris Ferry and the phonics debate

The teaching of phonics, which had previously been mainstream, was now deemed heretical. I was exaggerating only slightly when I described Doris’s clandestine activity in teaching phonics as reminiscent of Resistance operations in Nazi-occupied France.


Dr Oliver Hartwich

We Don't Know How Unlucky We Are In NZ

Our small population size has fostered a social conformity that makes it hard to speak one’s mind. With two-degrees-of-separation, you cannot afford to burn bridges. And given our latent inferiority complex, we don’t publicly admit to our problems


Dr Muriel Newman

Election 2020 - final thoughts

It was Labour’s handling of the pandemic that has played a central role in creating the country’s worst economic outlook in nearly a century.


Dr Muriel Newman

The Key Election Issue

As we look to the election, a major question on the mind of most voters is which government will best manage New Zealand out of the current crisis – one led by Labour or National.


Professor Barend Vlaardingerbroek

Musings from Beirut: the new norm of e-learning

We have been hearing the expression “the new norm” for some time but it is only starting to sink in that this ‘norm’ may be – as the term implies – long-term.


Sir Roger Douglas

The March Towards Poverty

In the aftermath of the economic fall-out caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the Labour Government must introduce the framework for policies which address the systemic weaknesses that have undermined our economy and society for so long, and which threaten our future.


Dr Muriel Newman

Labour's Dependency Trap

The only effective way to reduce child poverty is to ensure parents are in work, not on welfare. Policies that make welfare attractive risk deepening the dependency trap.