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1500 Charter school students have nothing to celebrate

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Dominic Elliot holding a sign: “Jacinda where is your support now?”

It is a dark day for 1500 Charter school students.

There is absolutely nothing to celebrate in Minister Hipkins announcement yesterday that all 12 Charter school operators who applied to establish state schools have been approved to do so. Two additional schools that were previously approved to open have chosen not to, those being Vanguard Military School – Christchurch and Blue Light – Taupo.

The opportunity for this government to pursue an educational solution to child poverty, particularly when our prime minister is minister for child poverty reduction, has been lost. Political dogma has had its way. Read more »

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The campaign to make Paedophillia just another sexual orientation

I was at a buddies place Sunday night. The tv was on and while he and I were catching up his wife was watching a programme about three guys who had been sexually abused. It was on TV One. As I watched them all watching it, I thought hmmm, where is this going and then at the end there it was.

The show ended with an editorial comment along the lines of we need to understand pedos, and let them come forward and talk about their sexual preferences without fear of prosecution etc etc.

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‘Public safety & victims will always come first’

A younger Mark Mitchell pictured with his police dog partner Czar.

I found it interesting to read former Labour Party president Mike Williams recently reference my attitude towards crime as “disgusting nonsense”.

I will not support his government’s policies to transfer the responsibility and risk away from themselves, and back into our communities with the early release of serious offenders.

Williams struggles to understand why the National Party won’t be shifted off a position that when it comes to our justice system, public safety and victims will always come first.

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NZ Education needs to be rebuilt from the ground up

Every New Zealander should be distressed by Saturday’s article in a newspaper. Quote.

Data sourced from six universities shows while 60 per cent of the almost 16,000 students accepted into professional law, medicine and engineering in the past five years came from the richest third of homes, just 6 per cent came from the poorest third. […]

“If you only include decile one schools – the most disadvantaged – that figure drops to just 1 per cent. End quote.

Through the work at our Villa Education Trust Middle schools and what is happening for our students (for example we can show approx 1.5 years progress in the basics for each year with us), we believe that we have something to share that is a part of the needed change. Cognition Education recently looked in detail at our model and what we are achieving and concluded: Quote.

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Ardern’s speech ‘leaked’ to Whaleoil

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern winking gif

Satire.


 

Dear proletariat.

We are proud of what I have accomplished in our first year after the previous nine years of neglect by the previous government.

In the last year, I have successfully managed to kowtow to Greenpeace and have destroyed the provinces occupied by greenhouse gas producing, water consuming cows. Oh, and I also dealt to those cows with mandatory cullings.

Speaking of cullings, my dearest flatmate Claire accepted the resignation letter that happened to slide in front of her following a conversation in my office. That was a hard thing to bear, but I remain hopeful that Meka will whakaingoatia shortly (which is Te Reo by the way).

You see, we are a coalition that stands for cuts.

Cut out pay rises, cut cows, cut charter schools, cut free speech, cut single-use plastic bags, cut off any option of repatriating the terminally ill Bali holidaymaker, cut guest appearances on scheduled TV slots, cut cabinet ministers, cut business confidence, cut important ties with 5 Eye partners. We did this!

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Mirror mirror…

Magic Mirror

It had been weeks since the Magic Mirror last appeared with offerings of wisdom and proper advice… and oh how Jacinda needed wisdom after the weeks she’d had to endure! Hurriedly, breathlessly racing to the ornate Magic Mirror, hoping for a new inscription to recite, heart, pounding in her chest, heady with anticipation she was delighted to see that there was something for her to receive. With her heart in her mouth, she hoarsely whispered the magical inscription highlighted on the ornate mirror’s surface…

“Mirror mirror make this political term go faster
I seem to lurch from disaster to disaster”

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‘Treating students like dogs’

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Dear Minister Martin

It is with great justification that our trust, families and students will be absolutely repulsed by your comments about charter schools treating their students like dogs in your speech in parliament last night.

Despite frequent invitations, you have never visited our two partnership/charter schools.

Can I ask you please to entirely apologise or to be clear and name the schools you visited? It is very poor practice from the minister for children and an associate minister of education to make such statements and tar any/all of the schools with the same brush.

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State control eroding our individual freedoms

State Control. Edel Rodriguez

Since the dawn of mankind, humans have traded their skills, expertise and time for their own measure of what they value those assets to be worth. They negotiated and agreed with another willing buyer/seller. The beneficial trade happened all over the globe, always with the individual being able to determine their own prices, exchange, trade and value and with the legs to walk away also if needed.

Fast forward to 2018 and us Kiwi’s are about to swindled like never before if the ugly rumours are true about this Labour coalition government and their plans to usurp our sovereign rights with the state determining the price of our own skills and worth in the employment market.

Sure, they’ll try and position it differently with a prime minister giving the most earnest of condescending tilted head nods explaining so clearly that it’s for the protection and rights of workers (neglecting to mention that there’s already employment legislation protecting the workers.)

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Kiribati Kapers

The delegation from Kiribati to the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru last week went home rather unhappy.  When you live in paradise a week on Nauru would tend to make you unhappy.  Nauru has few redeeming features and its efforts to hold a successful Forum progressing important issues like security and sovereignty, failed.  Nauru’s President should stick to playing banjo lullabies.   Read more »

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Look at how you can improve before asking for a payrise

Don’t ask for a pay rise until you have earned it.

Teachers need to look at how they can improve the system for all students before asking for a pay rise.

First published on Education Central


There is no other way to say it – the latest release of qualifications statistics for our young people is a disgrace for our nation.

People think of movies such as Schindler’s List or Amistad as great Spielberg productions that highlight man’s (in the inclusive sense) inhumanity against others but fail to see what is before them on a day-to-day basis.

The latest education statistics release in New Zealand shows that for our peak secondary qualification (University Entrance) we are a massive failure. University Entrance is – in modern parlance – the “game breaker”. It is the opportunity for young people to access an education that allows them, on average, to earn more than $1.5million above those without a degree.

So how are our teachers/system doing towards providing that opportunity? Well … even in 2017/18 it turns out that your skin colour matters immensely. If you are a school leaver of an Asian background there is a 67% chance that you will gain entrance into one of our institutions of higher learning. If you are European then you are down to 45% but that is still way ahead of our Pasifika young people who are at 22% and our Māori young people who are at 19%.

This is simply awful. A disaster! But in typical adult fashion the current education “crisis” is about paying people more because there is an apparent teacher shortage. The teacher unions are doing their job. They are seeking the best conditions for their current members. This may well be deserved but it will not solve the teacher shortage which is actually about an extra year of unpaid study – not about the ongoing salary earned.

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