2007 New Zealand Curriculum. Such divisive approaches have their genesis in industrial age schools and, I believe, contribute to the growing ‘tail’ of underachievement in our schools. Students in the lower groups are not lacking in ability but in experience. The biggest ‘tails’ are to be seen in lower socio-economic schools – schools with large number of Maori and Pacifica children. What we really have is an ‘opportunity gap’; these children need a rich experience based curriculum, one that recognises and values their personal needs and gifts. Creative teachers, past and present, know about the power of an experienced based related arts programme.
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