Same old, same old!
Problems are common. In education, this means a whole lot of things: broken desks, broken spirits, disconnected ideas, disconnected people, disempowering pedagogy, unsustainable systems and more! Societally, dysfunctionality seems to be everywhere. No Pacific Islands community (school, family, organization, country) is spared. Such an account, of problems, is a same old, same old, story.
Goodness is normal. During the past decade, 2001-2011, under the auspices of the Re-thinking Pacific Education Initiative for and by Pacific Peoples (RPEIPP), Pacific educators had refused to accept educational problems facing Pacific peoples as normal. Instead, these educators had assumed a more deliberate responsibility for making and keeping good, the educational endeavors of our peoples.
Further, a new generation of Pacific leader-scholars has now stepped up to the responsibility and task of restoring the educational and societal brokenness of their communities. This new generation is on to a new pursuit-- attaining and sustaining educational excellence and making this normal.
Will you join hands with me in support of this new generation of Pacific leader-scholars, on their legacy-creation journey?
Associate Professor,Te Kura Maori
Faculty of Education
Victoria University of Wellington