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The answer is, "Because it warrants discussion." The question is, "Why do we spend so much time and energy talking about education?"

Education theory has been politicised increasingly, in democratic countries, to the detriment of all.

The surprise announcement this week by Education Minister Chris Hipkins has been welcomed by many and attacked by a few. The New Zealand Initiative welcomed the announcement. Referring to the declining performance of 15-year-olds in reading, maths and science, the think tank suggested the changes were an improvement.

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It did, however, come with a rider, that assumed change would be "robustly implemented". Robustly,