Education

Choosing the right high school for your child

A school’s true nature is found beyond the marketing, the glossy tours and the slick statistics. Here’s how to find it: There’s a lot to consider when choosing a high school for your child. It’s easy to be seduced by stellar reputations, family traditions and …

Reengaging Kids in Maths

Research over the past few decades shows that kids in the Western world are disengaging from mathematics by middle school (intermediate age) and not regaining that interest. The question is, why? University of Sydney researcher Andrew Martin set out to investigate why kids are switching …

The cost of a free education

The right to a free education is a benefit of living in a country like New Zealand, with tax-payer funder privileges. Crown-funded free education in New Zealand cost tax payers $12.3 billion in the 2013/14 financial year, with forecasts suggesting that the 2014/2015 year will …

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Help – my child hates his teacher!

Your child is with his teacher six hours a day for 10-months of year, so it’s important not to underestimate the impact of a child-teacher conflict. In fact, a negative child-teacher relationship can stunt your child’s education and even impact on their future thirst for …

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A guide to kids’ educational apps

Are your kids really learning, or just playing games? Plenty of app designers pedal their wares as educational apps in order to access the golden family market. After all, parents are more willing to pay for apps that make their kids smarter than they are …

The must-knows of open-plan classrooms

Open-plan spaces, collaborative teaching models, child-driven learning: an entire education revolution wrapped up in jargon. But what does New Zealand’s push towards a new education model mean for your child? Family Times asks CORE Education Ltd senior consultant Mark Osborne to shed some light. Why …

Science at home – ocean zones in a jar

Did you know that two thirds of the earth is ocean and that all life originated there? The ocean is an incredible place, filled with huge ecosystems and a plethora of different species – many of which haven’t even been discovered yet! The evolution of …

Science Alive at home – going batty!

Bats are extraordinary mammals, and Science Alive has been teaching all about them in its Science Snippets in The Library outreach programme. Read on to find out all about the super powers of bats, some interesting factoids and how you can make your very own …