Education Gazette’s 100th birthday

This year, the Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero celebrates 100 years of publication. Read Chief Editor Jude Barback's reflections on the changes and progress over the past century.

"I had just started working on content for the Education Gazette’s centenary when two big boxes landed on my desk. They were filled with old copies of the Gazette, dating right back to the first edition published in 1921. As I began leafing carefully through 100 years of delicate, yellowing editions, I became absorbed by the content

Articles on students’ posture, assessing handwriting, teaching temperance and on the intelligence quotients needed for specific vocations. Articles ahead of their time, on wellbeing, play-based pedagogies and integrated curriculum. Articles that could only be described as patronising, sexist, racist and discriminating. And articles that simply weren’t there – topics conspicuously absent from the educational dialogue of the day.

Yet the insights, shortcomings, gaps, and the progress all contribute to where we have landed today – and where we’re heading. As such, ka mua, ka muri, meaning to walk backwards into the future, is a fitting whakataukī to mark the Gazette’s centenary."

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