Bullshit Reporting again from NZ Horrid

ŠĒ•¬†NZ Herald

The Herald reckons that “NZ says no to larger school rooms”…or so their headline says:

A nationwide survey has given a strong indication that New Zealanders don’t want larger class sizes.

The street survey conducted by APN newspapers from Whangarei to Dunedin showed most people stood alongside education groups in their opposition to controversial ratio changes announced as part of the Budget.

Oh a nation wide survey…sounds impressive…bit not so fast it says a street survey.

Right…so not a poll, not scientific, just some repeaters going out and asking people in the street….I wonder how many people they asked to come to this momentous declaration that¬†“NZ says no to larger school rooms”?

Some of the more than 70 people questioned in the national snapshot slammed the measure as “rubbish” and “bloody ridiculous”. Only a handful supported the move.

Seventy! Oh FFS….that is pathetic…they claim it is a poll, it is not. They claim it is a “national snapshot”, it is not.

I am sure David Farrar will be able to point out the statistical errors of conducting such shabby survey and then reporting it in an even shabbier manner.

  • Le Sphincter

    A proper poll had 70% support for maintaining current class sizes .
     Sort of defeats your argument, which yesterday was that they are not making larger classes at all.
    Dont ask Farrar about dodgy polls, he correctly knows its the questions which give the answer you want, and works accordingly. The stats only matter when its close.

    Lawyer , accountant, valuer …pollster all are very interested in what ¬†YOU want their services for.
    And tailor the result accordingly

    • Beans

      “Proper poll.” Do you have an appreciation of what a proper poll is? Oh wait, no, you’ve just demonstrated that, dickhead.

    • Karlos

      “Lawyer , accountant, valuer …pollster all are very interested in what YOU want their services for. And tailor the result accordingly” How apt for this story. The best thing you have writen on here.

  • Blokeintakapuna

    Barrel, scrape, bottom, Horrid Herald’s Standard, Bias, Churnalism.

    Wilson & Horton would cringe…. pathetic effort Herald.

    Report card reads – 1/10 – needs to try harder. Sets low standard for themselves and doesn’t even attain that level…

  • http://twitter.com/Orcs2Elves Monique Angel

    Totally agree. Rubbish. And someone needs to educate the journos on what an FTE is. 

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    But Whale Oil, don’t forget One News poll which had a sample of 1005 people had the percentage at 79%. So there is some discontent from the public around class room sizes.

  • Le Sphincter

    Gee they couldnt keep class sizes off the front page  by running a diversion about child abusers having kids, so they attack a bit of real reporting  involving real people!

    The business is for sale, make an offer and see if you can do better

  • Moves

    bring on national standards.
    this will identify the inept teachers on old contracts hanging in there for grossly inflated super scheme and locking out the plethra of newly skilled, motivated unemployed young teachers in the market place who can make a difference.

  • Sweetd

    yep. already sent an email to Jamie at the horrid about what a load of shite this article was.  Talk about a self selecting survey, 20 odd percent is housewives!!!! 14% are retired, 10% are teachers!!!!!  and then, only 72 people in the survey.  What a joke.

  • travis poulson

    What’s the size of school rooms got to do with it? I thought it was about class size. Another appalling headline.

    School room – building.

    class size – students. Read and learn from me NZ Horrid.

  • arnie

    The news media are totally ignoring the fact that a large number of classes will actually reduce in size, teachers screaming out that a lot of classes will increase to 40 shows that most have not read all the facts that have been produced so far. 

  • arnie

    The news media are totally ignoring the fact that a large number of classes will actually reduce in size, teachers screaming out that a lot of classes will increase to 40 shows that most have not read all the facts that have been produced so far. 

  • Wayne

    Apparently, the majority of people polled by the NZ Horrid were either people associated with education system or students, because the repeaters were standing outside schools to conduct the survey - very scientific and unbiased!

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