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ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Have 308 People in the Education Ministry's Curriculum Development Team spent over $100m on a 60 page document of nothingness?

In 2022, the Curriculum Centre at the Ministry of Education employed 308 staff, according to an Official Information Request. Earlier this week it was announced 202 of those staff were being cut. When you look up "The New Zealand Curriculum" on the Ministry of Education's Website, you find a notice that, "We are preparing to close this site as we transition to Tāhūrangi" but when you click on that site you get an incoherent jumble of chaos. At least it's amusing - you can click on a "unit" that helps "students develop an understanding of the financial challenges faced by superannuitants in their local community". That must get the youth of NZ excited out of their minds.


As for the document called The NZ Curriculum, it contains the flimsiest, shallowest, lightest-of-weight 60 pages of silly blurbs & patronizing cliches, mostly contained in bullet points, mixed with general waffle, with just 30 pages dedicated to specific subject-directed aims. Even those are full of comical lines like, "Key Competencies - Thinking, Managing Self ..". The entire shambles is introduced with the line, "It is my pleasure to introduce this revision of the NZ Curriculum" by the Secretary of Education. But when you have finished reading it, you are left wondering, "So where is the NZ Curriculum? Did I miss something?".


The bizarre feature of the document is that it is "Published in 2015 by the Ministry of Education" and was "First published for the Ministry of Education [in] 2007". But that pre-dates the Ardern government. So what have the 308 staff working in the Curriculum Centre been doing these past several years? Were the 202 staff just made redundant mulling over changes to a 60 page document? Maybe how to change font size & color? If the document called The NZ Curriculum was submitted as a Year 12 school project, it would fail. If you multiply the 308 staff by an average salary of $80,000, a conservative number given Wellington pay-scales, you get about $25,000,000 - yes $25 million dollars. Has the Kiwi Tax Payer been billed that amount of money year after year - that is, over $100 million - for 60 pages of PR, marketing and communications-inspired glossy pages of nothingness?


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Robert MacCulloch holds the Matthew S. Abel Chair of Macroeconomics at Auckland University. Rob blogs at Down To Earth Kiwi 

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No, I am not sureprised it took 308 people, $100 million and a few years to write 60 pages of New Zealand's fake history, but a couple of people could have spent a couple thousands dollars and a couple of days and recovered our true history from New Zealand, Australian and the American Archives or the British Parliamentary Papers.


The One New Zealand Foundation Inc. did this and this is what they recovered.

See: www.onenzfoundation.co.nz. "The Six Documents that made New Zealand into a British Colony".

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zekewulfe
zekewulfe
21 abr

Taking a razor to the dunderheads of Wellington will solve nothing.

The rot is too entrenched and its all too late. A whole new system needs introducing. A system based on market forces. A system with no interference apart from necessary social restraints combined to honest moral based protocol. (see Switzerland)


How dumb are our politicians, they/we must be stupid to the extreme.

If you were to take the staff that Rob refers as well as the cost incurred and send them on a world cruise in lieu of doing naught, you would immediately inspire private enterprise to build another ship, to say nothing about the honest employment for thousands of people;

employment plus a return.....( inclusive of taxation, FFS.)…


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A naive belief in the infallibility of market forces, or free market absolutism, is precisely what got us into this mess. The right need to be stronger and cleverer than this - we need to start engaging on socio-cultural issues and promoting our values - and passionately so.

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Len Lind
Len Lind
20 abr

That is a fact Robert. Where in this country can we find honest people?

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You can't.

I'm sorry.

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I know someone who worked for the Ministry of Education who was charged with writing numerous meaningless reports. Remuneration for those higher in the food chain in government departments is not based upon their ability, it's largely based on the number of employees under them.

In business, when a problem is identified the first thing you do is determine who was in charge. 2nd;- That person/s states who caused the problem.

3rd;- You fire that/those persons.

3th;- If you suspect foul play you take the necessary steps.

If it's a government department you also remove the MP portfolio holder, if at fault. If it's a previous MP you publish their identity. Incompetence can be punished by revelation..

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It seems the main problem in government departments, not to mention many other areas of our society is a total lack of accountability and measurable outcomes or goals. In education, even in the classroom, there is a tendency to place emphasis on effort rather than outcomes. We must use standardized tests to ascertain where students are with their learning and then teachers take from that whatever next steps are required. I am a just retired educator of 50 years. I am so disillusioned with the lack of professionalism and accountability within the sector. A teacher's job is to teach. To take a student from one place in their learning to the next.

Recently I have been working at a special…

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More to the point what is it in te reo or some other useless diatribe

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