Better training. Better teachers. Better get onto it.
New Zealand needs better schools. And it sure as hell needs better teachers -- and let's face it, it won't be getting either of these out of the government, no matter which of them is voted in next weekend.
The Maria Montessori Education Foundation (MMEF) is on to it. In February next year they open in Mt Eden with the first internationally-accredited Montessori diploma course to be offered in New Zealand. This is where the great teachers will come from that will open those better schools.
If you know someone who has a love of teaching, but who's appalled at the political correctness of mainstream education -- someone who loves education, but whose common sense would make years at the state's teachers colleges a misery -- then why not send them a flyer [pdf], point them to the MMEF blog, or just get them to check out the neat PowerPoint slideshow that's just been put up at the MMEF website* -- where they can also download an application form.
You owe it to those future generations. ;^)
* To check out the slideshow, head to the MMEF website and click on 'Montessori: A Career For You.' It could be, you know.