Playground taunts in defense of school streaming

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Playground taunts in defense of school streaming

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A senior lecturer in education and social work says streaming proponents are turning to name-calling to justify disconnected positions.

A senior lecturer in education and social work says streaming proponents are turning to name-calling to justify disconnected positions.

The Post Primary Teachers Association has called for an end to classroom broadcasting by 2030, citing its negative effects on Maori and Pasifika pupils.

Dr Paul Heyward, of the University of Auckland, said streaming advocates claim the drive to end the practice of dividing students according to their supposed abilities has been awakened.

“Do they think the practice of evidence-based research is woke? Because fundamentally what we’re talking about is moving to strengths-based practices that build on learners’ cultural backgrounds and are proven to uplift everyone,” he says.

Dr Heyward says streaming has always led to ‘smarter’ versus ‘slower’ classes – whether that was the intention or not – and that Maori and Pasifica students have borne the brunt of the practice.


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