Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Trevor Mallard Speech At UNESCO Seminars Launch

Speech Notes
Trevor Mallard

Launch of the UNESCO and Living Values Trust Values Education Seminars

Thank you for inviting me to launch this seminar series.

One of the four key questions listed on the brochure for the series is: Do we have a set of core values that guide the life of the school? I understand that this is one of the main issues you will be considering in these seminars and that you will follow it up with the other questions about expressing, stating, practising, teaching and learning values.

The New Zealand curriculum framework says that: Values are mostly learned through students' experience of the total environment, rather than through direct instruction. And we probably agree that some of what the total environment is teaching has little to do with collective responsibility, respect for others, respect for the law, tolerance, caring or compassion, non sexism, non racism, honesty, reliability. It is no wonder there is a new strong interest in values education.

Families, peers and the media have a strong influence on the developing values of young people. But schools and individual teachers within schools have an obligation to do everything they can to ensure that the values implicit and explicit in everything the school does promote the well-being of society. Whether we like it or not schools and teachers have a strong influence on the developing values of young people and they have that influence whether they plan to or not.

We have to acknowledge that all people live by a set of values and that there is certainly no such thing as value neutrality in education. At the same time schools reflect values in their community. These values include the whole wide range of political, social, economic, religious, ideological and cultural values.

It is not an easy thing to meet the obligation to include attitudes and values as an integral part of the New Zealand curriculum.

Everything a school does communicates something about values. The values of a school are apparent in its organisation, curriculum and discipline procedures and particularly in the relationships between teachers and students and teachers and parents. Even in schools that have explicitly documented their values there is quite often a bit of a mismatch between what they say they believe in and what they actually do day to day.

The implicit values education that comes from the way a teacher behaves, the way they speak to children, the kind of control they operate in their own classroom, what is sometimes referred to as the hidden curriculum cannot be overestimated. Whatever is planned in the formal curriculum, and whatever values are stated in school documents it is the extent to which this is supported by what actually goes on at school that will make the real difference.

For schools, the task of discussing and clarifying their values and making them public is a complex but important first task. There is a need to provide guidance for school boards and principals which will assist them to effectively articulate their values and develop clarity of vision before they develop programmes to explore and develop students personal values.

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the Living Values Trust are to be commended for taking the initiative of providing this series. The seminars will help schools with the process of discussing and clarifying their values and making them public before they develop programmes that help students explore and develop their own values. I take pleasure in declaring the seminar programme launched.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice.

Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted, at considerable cost and emotional distress. Some people had lost their possessions in trying to meet the expense of the upheaval.

Not everyone felt so compassionate. More>>

 

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>

ALSO:

Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels