I expected to comment on a different issue this morning but this is important. Govt in New Zealand is increasingly focussed on education for jobs. This has been a particular thread with information technology over the last few weeks.
Clearly jobs are important and nobody is suggesting that we ignore that but I understand the greater importance that “Education should maximize students’ opportunities for lifelong learning, civic participation and meaningful work” regardless of social and economic background.
The quotation is from Michael Roth a university president in the USA. He has just introduced a prize for incoming students who have, ” submitted (with the application for admission) a work of fiction, poetry, song, or creative nonfiction judged to best reflect originality, artistry and dynamism”.
Now to me, that is an action that builds toward a beautiful and sustainable future.
Kia Toa Kia Ngakaunui