The end of modern learning environments?

Modern learning environments may be taken out of design guidelines for schools due to a lack of evidence, signals Luxon.

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has said he doesn’t believe modern learning environments introduced under the last National government have worked.  

In an interview with AM, Luxon said that the government is increasingly coming to view modern learning environments (MLE) as a failed initiative.  

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“I hear from parents, teachers that it’s difficult in large teaching environments. Kids get lost in the system somehow. As we design new classrooms for the future and retrofit old ones [MLE] is something we’ll look at closely as I don’t think there’s enough evidence” 

Last week, Education Minister Erica Stanford and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon revealed a set of six education targets, details of which will be revealed over the coming weeks. 

Stanford said that the targets were part of a “fundamental change in education”. At the press conference, Stanford indicated one of those fundamental changes included looking at guidelines around MLE.  

“Some schools do it very well with doors they can close off. Others with very, very open plan – what we call barnyard classrooms – there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that that works.” 

Naomii Seah

Naomii Seah is a writer and journalist from Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. She enjoys crochet, painting, and a coffee or two at the beach. Her work can be found at The Spinoff, The Pantograph Punch, Stuff, and of course, School News NZ.
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