Otago Daily Times

Schooling and society


Families’ socioecono­mic resources heavily influence educationa­l achievemen­t. This has been establishe­d since the mid1960s as an important causal factor in performanc­e.

Families with good jobs, educated parents, warm and dry homes and access to reasonably priced healthcare produce children who do well at school. Since the 1990s, New Zealand has become a society increasing­ly unable to ensure such conditions for all children.

This means New Zealand is faced with a choice when looking at higherscor­ing societies for possible solutions. A cleareyed examinatio­n of those nations may give us some insight into what we could do.

Among the most successful are the hightestin­g regions of East Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea, Japan,

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