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Face of the day

Next time you complain about life being too hard spare a thought for this remarkable woman.

A mother left unable to walk or talk after suffering a massive stroke has defied the odds to complete a university degree – by blinking.

Dawn Faizey Webster was left with locked-in syndrome after the attack in 2003, two weeks after her son Alexander was born.

The condition is where a patient is fully-aware and awake – but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all muscles in the body, except for the eyes.

Incredibly, the former teacher, then 30, discovered she could still communicate through her eyes and tiny head movements.

Dawn Faizey Webster (pictured here in 2000)

Dawn Faizey Webster (pictured here in 2000

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Propaganda 102

Before I continue with 102 in my series of posts to help you recognise, understand and analyse  propaganda I will add this disclaimer.

I am an ex High School History and English teacher. I am very motivated to learn from the lessons of history because otherwise I feel that we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. I have a special interest in how propaganda was successfully used by Hitler to demonise the Jews and when I see the same techniques being employed now I feel honour bound to point it out. That is my motivation and that is my bias.

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Yep, these ones were registered too

The Labour party and the teacher unions all oppose charter schools because not every teacher has to be registered.

Apparently teacher registration is there to protect the children…from registered teachers like this?

Two Auckland teachers have been struck off after Disciplinary Tribunal hearings.

One, a primary school relief teacher, sent photos of children to a man with whom he was in a close personal relationship.

He knew that man was sexually attracted to young children and was undergoing medical treatment to address the condition. ¬†¬† Read more »

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Propaganda 101

Before I start my series of posts to help you recognise, understand and analyse  propaganda I will add this disclaimer.

I am an ex High School History and English teacher. I am very motivated to learn from the lessons of history because otherwise I feel that we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. I have a special interest in how propaganda was successfully used by Hitler to demonise the Jews and when I see the same techniques being employed now I feel honour bound to point it out. That is my motivation and that is my bias.

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Class Sizes – Labour and the Teacher Unions

A principal emails about Labour, the teacher unions and class sizes.

Hello Cameron

If the hypocrisy of Labour and the teacher unions wasn’t so negative for children is would be, almost, funny.

The one thing holding class size high is the Teacher Unions.

They fought bulk funding and denied almost every Principal in the country the choice to make staff resourcing choices based on the needs of the children in front of them.

They still bang on about the “victory” they had in the late 1990s by denying Principals these choices.¬† Read more »

I bet he was registered, Ctd

Oh look another Catholic priest school teacher up on charges of fiddling with kids.

He would have been registered at the time and Labour says teacher registration is the best way to protect the kids…looks like it worked a charm with this guy in protecting the kids from his activities.

A former Auckland primary school teacher is facing 25 child sex charges after a 10th complainant came forward.

A further charge of sexual conduct with a child under 12 was laid against the 68-year-old in the High Court at Auckland today.

The man, who has name suppression, was already facing 24 charges of sexual conduct against a child under 12 against nine other pupils at the school where he taught.¬† Read more »

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An email from a Kiwi teacher living offshore

David Cunliffe wants immigrants and former Kiwi teachers to fill the gaps his 2000 new teachers policy has created.

One such teacher emails:

Morning Cam,

Over the weekend I‚Äôve unwittingly become one of the teachers Labour desperately needs to make up the 2000 extra they’ve promised.

I work in Brunei, make decent coin, can save, and can travel cheaply.¬† I’ve got 15 years experience, post-grad quals, and have worked in a range of unique schools from Kuwait to Laos to Kazakhstan as well as many years in NZ.

Frankly, there’s not a snowballs chance in hell I’d ever return to full time teaching in NZ.¬† Schools have become an unwilling conduit for solving all of society‚Äôs ills.¬† Teachers are expected to be social workers, counsellors, and doctors on a daily, week in week out basis with zero respite for staff simply wanting to plan, teach, assess, evaluate, plan…

I left NZ disillusioned with the profession as it stood.¬† The bulk of my time was taken up with behaviour management.¬† All the professional development I undertook (usually at my expense) was rendered useless by the sheer volume of time taken up having to manage the behaviour of wayward kids. ¬† Read more »

Random Impertinent Questions

So parents are too hopeless to pay $2 a week for $100 in school fees Labour is giving schools BUT the same parents have $3.50 a child a week for a laptop?

David Cunliffe says that immigrants and retired teachers will fill the requirement for 2000 new teachers…those immigrants¬†won’t drive up house prices will they?

How many retired teachers will re-up and has Labour even asked them if they want to do this?

Wasn’t Labour going to crack down on immigrants and now their education policy relies on immigrants?

How are Labour going to integrate this with the immigration policy ?

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Education: Quality vs Quantity

The Labour party has made a fundamental error with their education policy.

They have confused quality with quantity.

In their mad rush to appease the NZEI with increased teacher numbers they have failed to understand that there are literally hundreds of studies world-wide that show that reducing class sizes do almost nothing to increase the quality of outcomes.

Even Damian Christie understands this:

Studies show that by increasing the quality of the teacher, rather than some journeyman, union hack, and put them in front of the classroom, then that has much more of an impact than reducing class sizes. In Finland, the country Labour used to hold up as the example for education, they focused on quality and have a requirement that every teacher have a minimum of a Master level degree. Imagine the howls of outrage from teacher unions in NZ if a political party mandated that for teachers.

Which brings me to an email from a reader that explains what Labour have missed.

In Hi Cam,

I was an English teacher in China for a couple of years at a private school that taught classes spoken English in-house and away at local state schools. This was all prior to the 2008 Olympics.
Class sizes ranged from between 12 to 25 students in-house and averaged about 40 in the state schools. ¬†¬† Read more »

Adding less than one teacher per school will not reduce class sizes

Labour has said they are going to reduce class sizes by adding 2000 new teachers to the pool.

Today, I am proud to announce that Labour will reduce class sizes by employing 2,000 more teachers. This will help all our kids get a world-class education.

This policy will reduce secondary school class sizes from 26 students or more per class to just 23. Year 4-8 classes will shrink from 29 students down to 26.

Unfortunately his maths doesn’t work.

There are currently 2539 schools in New Zealand.¬† Read more »