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    Anahera McGregor
    Implementing Māori history curriculum in your school
    16 March
    Public discussion Created by Anahera McGregor

    Tēnā koutou katoa, 

    It has been an amazing week where I have had the real pleasure to work with a school who is implementing "Te Takanga o te Wā - guidelines for teaching Māori history. I saw Māori history timelines in classrooms, a strong focus on identity through a Māori cultural lense and a deep inquiry into the biggest question of all - why? Once we find the why, the how and what become a bit easier. One of the most touching things of all is the fact that even though the Māori student role is very small, this school was doing all they could to reflect Māori culture in all they do, from the ground up. Interested to see who else is implementing Māori history/culturally located curriculum throughout Aotearoa. Have you read Te Takanga o te Wā? http://maorihistory.tki.org.nz/

    Well it's been a yoyo week! Looks like we're gaining some much needed traction with, Govt invests in raising awareness of NZ wars, while the reality in education is still struggling with integrating the treaty well into education;

    "Talk to any student who comes into social studies, when you might start on a topic on the treaty, and they'll say two things: one of them will just be a groan [and] the second one will be, 'we've done it endlessly'. 'We've lost any opportunity to share something of our past' - teacher

    And then we have a poll in the media, Would you support compulsory teaching of the Māori language in New Zealand schools? and we're just nudging ahead slightly with 54% in favour of teaching Māori language in schools - which it already is!

    Screenshot of voting poll

    Common Aotearoa, why are we dragging our feet about issues that are this important? 

    - By Tessa Gray
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