( Hekia Parata is New Zealand's Minister of Education)
|Listens to the wrong people|
|Sends his kids to private schools|
|Pioneer creative teacher|
The key to success without crude ability grouping is to develop in all students a ‘can do mind-set’; a belief that with effort and practice all can achieve. 'Learning power', according to Guy Claxton in his book ‘What’s the Point of School’, is what is required.
The importance of perseverance (often called grit) is the key to any successful creative individual. Such ideas are well described by Daniel Pink and Carol Dweck.
Any if anyone needs information on how to develop students’ gifts and talents then Sir Ken Robinson’s ideas are worth exploring. Check this list of books for further ideas.