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Fabian Society - Resetting The Focus & Values of NZ Society

Prof. Peter O’Connor - Resetting the core focus and values of New Zealand Education - 27 July - AKL

The war on public education over the last nine years has dramatically altered the face of schooling in New Zealand. The reforms are driven by a narrow focus on functional literacy and numeracy, skills acquisition for a low wage economy. After nine years of constant assault there should be genuine concern that another three years might just finish off public education as we have cherished it for generations. How might the Left respond in ways that are not just a nostalgic return to what once was? What are the alternatives beyond the aridity of the neo liberal assaults of the current government? How might we return to the idea that education is a national treasure to protect democracy?

Peter O’Connor is Professor of Education and Head of The School of Critical Studies in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. He has been a frequent critic of government reforms of state education. His research interests include creative pedagogies, arts based research and the link between the arts, education and social justice. Peter was formerly the Education Manager for the Race Relations Office and President of the Foundation for Peace Studies.

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Wed August 8th OGB Lecture Theatre 4 Jordan Anderson & Jenny Michie We can do better with our approach to prisons and justice

Wed August 16th OGB Lecture Theatre 3 Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Golriz Ghahraman, Leilani Tamu & Helen White A showcase of Labour & Green prominent list candidates - ‘New talent for a new government’

Thu August 24th Epsom Campus J1 Max Rashbrooke Bridges Both Ways: Transforming the openness of New Zealand government

Thu August 31st Epsom Campus J1 Guy Standing Basic Income: the case for a significant new policy

Wed Sept 6th OGB Lecture Theatre 3 Michael Woods,Barry Coates, Jill Ovens & Richard Pamatatau A progressive economy: inclusive, creative and sustainable

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