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


Turner backs ‘core values’ education in schools

Media statement
For immediate release
Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Turner backs ‘core values’ education in schools

UnitedFuture education spokesperson Judy Turner is backing the call of the Principal Youth Court Judge for ‘core community values’ to be taught and discussed in schools.

“Character education should be an integral part of schooling. It does occur in a small number of schools now, and there is clear evidence that it is beneficial for the students and communities,” she said.

“We teach science, English and geography, but the benefits are trivial compared to helping children sort out their own values system from which to base their behaviour in life.

“I am not talking about implanting a complete pre-defined moral code, but rather the promotion and discussion of core community values like honesty, integrity and kindness.”

Mrs Turner said that parents who instil values at home have nothing to fear from their children discussing values in the classroom.

“This would complement what parents are doing at home for most students – not replace or overshadow.

“But it would initiate a thought process for some kids whose parents have never bothered to discuss values at home, or whose values are questionable themselves.
“It is the children of these parents whom Judge Becroft will see on a daily basis, and for whom character education would be of most benefit. We see stories like the 13 year olds torturing pet ducks in the papers – we need to get these kids thinking and discussing values before they get to adulthood,” said Mrs Turner.

“The Education Minister must now pick up the ball and show some leadership in this area to move character education forward. He has the full support of UnitedFuture and indeed most of the electorate to do so.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog