Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


World changing kids

World changing kids

“We need to nurture those who will change the world,” Waikato University School of Education Associate Professor Roger Moltzen says.

Speaking at the conclusion of a three-day conference about education for gifted and talented children, Dr Moltzen said research showed it was important to support and challenge gifted children - “those who have the ability to change the world, not just run it, those who will be innovators”.

“We need to allow our gifted and talented students to be ‘obsessives’. Let’s stop trying to make them ‘well rounded’ people.”

Dr Moltzen said he firmly believed New Zealand had the best teachers in the world, but it was important not to be complacent.

It was also important to be aware that a significant number of high achieving adults showed no indication of their talents as young children, he said.

“We must be open minded because children can show special talents as they develop. Research also shows that the highly intelligent with the greatest persistence will achieve more than those with the highest intelligence but with less persistence.”

The Ministry of Education sponsored “National Gifted and Talented Conference” was held in Wellington, Thursday 3 August to Saturday 5 August. It attracted a large audience of more than 700 people from around New Zealand, including teachers, parents, researchers, academics, counsellors and psychologists.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Reuben Moss' Property is Theft! & Kaitani at The Physics Room

Property is Theft! continues Moss’ interest in the contemporary urban environment as a space controlled by pulsing and unequal flows of capital and labour. Kaitani features work by the University of Canterbury Fijian Students Association and Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka. More>>

Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan

This unique exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki represents 90 everyday objects made by contemporary Japanese artisans who employ various traditional craft techniques made in regional workshops. The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. More>>

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland