News // 03.02.2015 // Curated by Ed.

Fire starter

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education” Albert Einstien

In March 2012 we canvassed a wide group of stakeholders on the state of New Zealand’s education system. Why? To help us understand how we could light the fuse that sky rockets the way we learn and what we learn into the 21st century. Here’s a snapshot of what we found out <>…

As the pace of change has accelerated… New Zealand’s education model has become outdated.

“We have an education system…

  • Designed for… 19th century living.
  • Delivered by… 20th century educators.
  • Destined for… 21st century learners.”

Source: Government official

Education is a high stakes game under intense public and political scrutiny.

  • Education makes up significant percentage of New Zealand’s National Budget therefore every dollar must count and be accounted for.
  • It is globally recognized that education is the key to unlocking economic benefits for a country; New Zealand is no different.
  • Education is a significant foreign earnings source for New Zealand; income from international student fees is ahead of the wine industry.
  • Parent and Learner expectations of a high quality return on investment from their education experience are rising in line with the costs.
  • “Politicization of education is the biggest threat to its advancement”

Source: Regional Education Authority Official, Government official

Industry consensus…

“Graduates are simply not useful day one.” There is a mismatch between the skills graduates have at the conclusion of their education and what prospective employers are looking for.

The education system is unequal in terms of outcomes.

The “majority rules” approach fails to acknowledge the diversity of the modern world. Real world learning pathways must reflect and respect the differences brought to the ‘classroom’ born out of culture, learning styles and accumulated life skills and experiences.

Source: Government official

What’s holding us back?

Today’s efforts are disconnected.

“Everyone is busy operating within their own cell. The system doesn’t encourage us to look beyond our immediate confines. The pockets of genius often haven’t or can’t be scaled.” Source Regional Education Authority

Long term workforce planning not being addressed.

Industry needs more STEM (Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Mathematicians) yet we’re training students in professions where there is no demand e.g. media studies.” Source Industry spokesperson

Learning Institutions need to engage in more collaborative plays; between institutions, learners and industry

“Traditionally there has been a power mismatch between the learner and the institution and that needs to be challenged”

Source: Head of tertiary institution

Compelled to take action

We didn’t need any further convincing. The fuse was well and truly lit. We went ahead and created a new, apolitical entity called Ed.Collective and that was the end of the beginning.

To find out more about who the people are behind Ed. Collective and what we do, click here.