You are who your ad-man is – Part Two

Yesterday I posted about Labour’s new ad-man Mike Hutcheson.

Labour’s crippled campaign manager thinks that you are who your ad man is when he attacked John Ansell and led the charge for personality smears against individuals. Bomber Bradbury launched a similar attack against Cathy Odgers, yet he has stayed strangely silent on Labour’s ad-man and his sexist comments about women.

I wonder now what the two of them think about “Hutch” and his opinion of teachers? I wonder what Sue Moroney will think?

I really doubt Labour’s teacher union funders would support the ad-man’s views on kids and standards:

Too much positive reinforcement and not enough negative reinforcement have taught our children that mediocrity is acceptable. Erroneously they think that doing their best makes them winners. They are more preoccupied with self-esteem and self-indulgence than with selflessness.

They are quickly going to learn that, sometimes, even their best isn’t good enough. How are their delicate psyches going to cope with the shock of finding out others in the world are manifestly better than they are at some things, despite what their teachers have told them.

In our clean little country with no natural predators, we have raised our children in such a way that they are often unable to cope in a world that can be both predatory and harsh. No wonder we have a relatively high rate of youth suicide.

We have become a society that rewards failure, not success. We’ve taught our kids how to hug the trees but not how to climb them. Our kids are taught its OK to fail by not even trying, as opposed to falling short in a valiant attempt.

So Trevor, if the ad men speak for the parties they work for, then how does Labour explain its new policies on education, and welfare?

 


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  • thor42

    An interesting column! The guy should be working for ACT or the Nats, not the namby-pamby panty-waisted Labour Party.

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