Te hā whakawairua, whakatinina i Te Tiriti o Waitangi me ngā āhuatanga Māori i te whakaakoranga: Self determination through the control of Māori education – knowledge, teaching and learning, philosophy and research.
Ka'ai, Tania (2006) Te hā whakawairua, whakatinina i Te Tiriti o Waitangi me ngā āhuatanga Māori i te whakaakoranga: Self determination through the control of Māori education – knowledge, teaching and learning, philosophy and research. In: 12th New Zealand PPTA Mäori Teachers’ Conference, 5-6 July 2006, New Plymouth.
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From early adolescence to my adult years I have struggled with the notion of the “one size fits all” approach to education in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the design of the educational model which is Eurocentric in its design and historically reflects the dominant society. I have constantly grappled with the inability of our State education system to develop a model of education which reflects Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the principle notion of partnership to enable a level playing field for both Mäori and non-Mäori children to achieve alongside each other. Furthermore, it pains me to see how for generations, many more Mäori children than non-Mäori children have left school with no qualifications, thus reducing the opportunity for Mäori to participate equitably in the development and advancement of our nation and society. As a teacher, I have never accepted the notion of failure nor the fact that our State education system has this notion built into its design. This does not rest well with me. Consequently, I am committed to delivering and transmitting knowledge which empowers all students with the aim of touching their hearts, inspiring their minds and intellectual ability to set in place a solid pathway from which they can work zealously to achieve their qualifications. Such an achievement increases confidence and with this comes the mustering of courage to venture out into the world to make a difference.
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