News Story Analysis : Peter O ' Connor Essays

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News Story Analysis: Peter O’Connor: Public education is a treasure we must protect it.

Education is a site of competing and contested ideas. Numerous educational reforms are being proposed or currently underway. In this news story analysis I will be unpacking and critically examining an article writtin by Peter O’Connor in regards that Public education is a treasure we must protect. The perspective I have chosen to also examine the issue is the Progressive Tradition. In this news story analysis I will be describing the educational issue and its contested nature and I will identify and critically examine the underlying values, assumptions and arguments the author is presenting. Continuing from this I will be taking the perspective from the Progressive Tradition and develop an argument using three important ideas from Progressivism to critically exam the educational issue. I will also underpin the possibilities and limitations that Progressivism offers in bringing understanding to this educational issue.

The educational issue and its contested nature in this article is that the Ministry Of Education wants to establish charter schools in New Zealand and Peter O’Connor is voicing on behalf of teachers that charter schools will ruin public education. Teachers will be protesting against this, as they believe that “Public education is about equity and social justice, not about business models”(O’Connor, 2013). Peter O’Connor’s article is coming from a point of view from the…

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