Andrew Sullivan linked to this LSE study into the effect of teacher pay on educational outcomes (conclusion: you pay teachers more, they teach better). What struck me was the position New Zealand occupies on this chart.
We’re an outlier. One of the best performing education systems, but we spend less than any other high performer. We’re the best in the world at maximising value from our investment in education. According to the government, this is the system that is in crisis and needs radical reform. And look at the US and UK, the models that National draws its policy ideas from.