Teacher: One woman’s struggle to keep the heart in teaching

Book Review:

Teacher: one woman’s struggle to keep the heart in teaching
by Gabbie Stroud

This memoir is currently getting a lot of buzz here and in Australia. Stroud wrote an award winning essay in the Griffin Review in 2016 that got a lot of attention:

‘I was burnt out because successive Australian governments – both left and right – have locked Australian education into the original model of schooling first established during the industrial revolution. Each decision made keeps us stuck in an archaic learn-to-work model, now complete with ongoing
mandatory assessment of our student’s likely productivity and economic potential.

Fundamental to this model is the idea of standardising.

Standards, standardising and standardisation.

Making every kid the same.

Making every teacher the same.

If I was successful in my job, that’s what would happen.

Based on that, I don’t want the job any more.’

Teaching Australia
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‘It ain’t necessarily so’

By Frances Denz

I get very frustrated when I keep hearing about how Maori are disadvantaged and therefore poverty is entrenched. That the fact of being Maori means being poor.  In the words of the immortal song from (I think) Porgy and Bess, “It ain’t necessarily so.”

Many of us who are descendants of Maori, along with a lot of other 
nationalities, are not poor, at least in spirit and aspirations, and are 
in fact doing very well in life.

In the lane I lived in for fifteen years until recently, in one of the 
better Tauranga suburbs, the eight houses are all owned by their 
occupiers.  None are rented out.  Of these owners, five families have one
or more members of Maori descent, and four have a distinctly Maori approach to life with active involvement in whanau and hapu 

One family is Pasifika, one is Indian and one is Pakeha.  All have had good executive jobs, worked hard and contributed to society and their broader family. They are not poor.  Their families may have helped them buy the house in the first place. I don’t know, nor is it my business.  What I do 
know is that they are doing well and walk in both worlds, Maori or their 
own culture if Pasifika, Indian or Pakeha as is appropriate.

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A slap on the bum is not okay

The protestor who slapped a stranger on the ass in the video.

By James Davidson

I am so glad that the police stepped in.

Or at least, that’s what I would have said if they had stepped in.

February 2nd was a day to remember. While scouring through YouTube it is easy to find videos of MAGA hat wearing, wall-promoting right wing voters being harassed by left wingers while buying a vape, going onto a university or even for simply just smiling. You become accustomed to seeing the toxic “tolerant” left exploding in a rage of social justice ‘virtue’. But you’d never really consider it happening in your own town. Until it did.

On February 2nd, in Wellington City, at a protest about the UN Migrant Compact, we saw the clash of the ‘Liberal’ Wellingtonians and their counterparts who are those who believe in tighter border control than what the UN has been asserting.

After looking back at the event, from the get-go you could see trouble brewing. As New Zealand and especially Wellington is such a diverse place, the topic of immigration, refugees and migration can quickly turn into a screaming debate. Even when the only thing you’re arguing for is having tighter border controls.

We should turn away foreigners who believe that gays should be thrown from roof tops. How the left can stand for gay rights, but at the same time protest in support of importing people who would prefer them dead is something that I am still grappling with.

Before the event began, hasslers were already making their voices heard. Shouting about the lack of people attending the protest (even though the organisers were still setting up and hadn’t even begun) and that “immigrants will always be welcome here”.

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Talkin’ ’bout my generation

Brian Rogers

Starting a column with the phrases “in my day” or “when I was a kid” immediately poses the risk of pigeon-holing the writer as an outdated old fuddy duddy.

The use of phrases such as “fuddy duddy” and “pigeon-holed” further confirms everyone’s suspicions that the writer is not very hip.

Worse, the use of the word “hip” instantly brands the writer as Woodstock vintage. Then, like a set of falling dominos, terminology which includes Woodstock and dominos throws the writer into a stereotyped age bracket of ancient music festivals and archaic board games; and nothing to do with trendy RTD drinks and pizza chains.

Well let me just point out that Woodstock the music festival is about to be re-launched, proving that if you stick with an old idea long enough, it will eventually become fashionable again. I have several pairs of pants in that category, just waiting for their time to shine again.

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Rebel Poet Society: Poem of the week

Photoshopped image credit: Boondecker Green Party
Two Leaders Says it All

I want to trust a Green
Yet they're never what they seem
We all want our Rivers clean
but this current lot are pure mean

They're an embarrassment to our Nation
We Majority didn't take the punt 
to enable their tax paid ration
One 'Leader' a Pussy, the other a Gunt


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Performance Review: 2018 Jacinda Ardern PM NZ

By George



It has become apparent that you were clearly unaware of the magnitude of the commitment and the maturity required for the position of prime minister of New Zealand. You have, on several occasions, clearly exhibited your inability to comprehend the complexity of your appointment. The evidence of this is that you, and those in your cabinet, continue the practice of outsourcing responsibilities in search for policy guidance.

This has exposed the lack of expertise and capabilities in your cabinet and has subsequently led to unnecessary and considerable expense. We are rather concerned that many decisions are being made by those who were not given a mandate by the electorate.

Another concern is the evidence that the personnel within your cabinet, those who you had selected and appointed to oversee these tasks, are lacking suitable qualifications or experience. This identifies a substantial weakness in your ability to recognise appropriate talent. This fragility in your leadership is a concern.

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American Psychological Association legitimises ‘Toxic Masculinity’

By Temporal Tui

The American Psychological Association recently publicised its “Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men”. Given the current state of academia it is not surprising that the guidelines read like a Feminism 101 paper on toxic masculinity.

The research the APA based these guidelines on comes from a small clique of academic researchers in the field of “masculinities”, which is an offshoot of Gender Studies. Consequently, Intersectionality and Gender Identity are prominent concepts throughout.

The introduction begins apologetically, noting that, although boys and men tend to hold privilege and power based on gender, they also suffer from a variety of issues. These include mental health (depression and suicide) and public health (violence and substance abuse) issues. Additionally men are less likely to seek help when needed as it may be seen as a weakness or un-masculine. Therefore there is a need for male-specific psychological guidelines. While this may be true, the guidelines provided by the APA promote a view of men and men’s problems that is both limited by ideological dogma and potentially harmful.

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An Ant’s story

I’m just an ant. But what can one ant do without the colony? New Zealand Sovereignty is a movement that hopes to harness the passion and determination of the countless New Zealanders who have had enough.

Please, do not listen to those who shake their head and say “this can’t work” or “things are moving too slowly.” These are the voices of the ants that remain in the shadows and outskirts…they are not the worker ants.

Lil ol me “Concerned Ant” says…WE CAN CHANGE New Zealand’s direction BY 2020. NZ Sovereignty is in it for the long haul. The rallies are just the start, one small step. I am in 110%. Are you?

In just one month we have a database with lawyers, accountants, researchers, news reporters, a nurse, at least 4 graphic designers, volunteers for letterbox drops, speakers, counsellors, people who have donated access to equipment, their commercial premises etc. Yes, this is just in one month. And it was Xmas break. This Ant looks up at the sky and says, “Wow, what is possible in 6 months….or one year?”

For me, the Molyneux/Southern debacle and the attack on free speech was the first time I REALLY saw red. As it happened I saw them in Melbourne, and had hoped to go here as well. In Oz there were hundreds of police out that night, a secret location, horseback cavalry, dogs…you name it. I saw buses being rocked and purple haired SJWs screaming like lunatics…

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Free Speech Coalition update: Litigation progress & UN Migrant Pact protests

Credit: SonovaMin

Patrick Corish
Free Speech Coalition

Happy New Year. As things begin to start back up in government, the Free Speech Coalition is continuing the fight for free speech and debate in New Zealand.

Auckland Council / Phil Goff Litigation Update ⚖️

Last week we paid the High Court scheduling fees to secure our day in court regarding our case against Phil Goff and Auckland Council on the legal question of whether a mere threat of violence justified the council and Mayor to deny Aucklanders the right to assemble, seek information, and freely expresses themselves under our Bill of Rights Act.

Our legal team tell us that the substantive hearing is set down for two days beginning 2 September. We understand that this is a while away, but unfortunately, that is how slow the litigative process is in New Zealand. At least it gives us plenty of time to prepare our case.

The next step in the proceeding is Auckland City Council’s revised statement of defence, which is due mid-February.

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Open letter to West Coast Regional Council

Dear Andrew,

The Climate Conversation Group admires your council’s decision—which has gained widespread attention—not to support the Zero Carbon Bill until the science of the underlying theory of man-made global warming has been clearly explained and properly proven.

To support this decision and to strengthen your resolve, we write to let you know:

  1. The CCG has been asking for evidence of dangerous man-made warming (DAGW) for many years without success.
  2. Two weeks ago we asked the IPCC Secretariat itself for this evidence; they have none.
  3. We wrote last year to the Royal Society in London for this evidence; they had none.
  4. We asked the Royal Society of New Zealand a few months ago for this evidence; they had none.
  5. In December 2017 I asked the Minister for Climate Change, the Hon James Shaw, for this evidence; he had none (which means the Ministry for the Environment has none).
  6. We have asked numerous scientists in New Zealand and around the world and the publicly-employed ones universally tell us to see the IPCC Assessment Reports. Many of the independent scientists tell us there is no evidence.

I note that NIWA scientists have already started to bully you and your council, but please withstand the temptation to give in. No matter how much it may seem that the weight of public and official opinion is against you (and it’s a terrible weight) know beyond a shadow of doubt that truth is with you and truth is very weighty indeed.

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