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Importance of a Different Teacher to Childrens Learning and New Zealand Schools

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The future leaders of NZ need proper guidance who would enable them to construct a vision for the future. Learning encompasses much more than academic knowledge of facts and figures. The role of education is all about discipline, positive thinking, and building community. Teaching in NZ should be a nurturing process, much more than the role of a mere educator.   The future leaders of NZ need proper guidance who would enable them to construct a vision for the future. Learning encompasses much more than academic knowledge of facts and figures.

The role of education is all about discipline, positive thinking, and building community. Teaching in NZ should be a nurturing process, much more than the role of a mere educator.   The old methods of punishment have come under criticism of late. The punished student feels alienated, dejected and his relationship with his teacher deteriorates.     Instead of pointing out what they do not want, teachers in NZ are expected to point out what they do want. At times, they actually teach the student the appropriate behavior. Gradually the children are taught to keep away from problems so that the question of punishment does not arise.

Thoughtful discipline works as a preventive and corrective measure (Rogers, 1998, cited by Carroll-Lind, 2005).   Carroll-Lind cites Ginot (1992) who states that, as a teacher, I possess tremendous power to make a student’ s life miserable or joyous. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a student humanized or dehumanized.   One of the challenges that teachers in NZ face is teaching a multicultural student population.

Twenty percent of the students are Maori students. Maori teachers are essential so that the students receive an education that reflects the culture and language of their community. LaRocque (2004) discusses the recommendations of the Education Forum in A New Deal: Making Education Work for all New Zealanders. The recommendations suggest that the teachers and the principals should be allowed to determine the best way to organize themselves especially in view of the diverse student population in NZ. Professionalism is required in the teaching sector. The student should be given the world-class curricula and qualifications.  

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