Board of Trustees

The Ministry of Education are disappointed

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Cartoon altered by Spanishbride

After reading about this story I contacted the Ministry of Education by e-mail and asked them the following questions.

  • Can you please tell us what action if any is going to be taken to address the discriminatory behaviour of the PPTA and the school towards the Student teacher?
  • What has the Ministry said to the? PPTA and the school that withdrew the student teacher’s placement?
  • What consequences if any will there be for the PPTA and the school after denying the Student teacher equal access and opportunity to a State School for placement?
  • What further action if any will the Ministry be taking in order to protect the Student teacher’s human right to equal access to training regardless of his sex, race, age, religion or place of employment?
  • Does the Ministry believe that the PPTA have broken the law and that they have a case to answer with the Human Rights commission?
  • Does the Ministry believe that? Tikipunga High School has broken the law and that they have a case to answer to the Human rights commission?
  • The Ministry has acknowledged that the PPTA has no responsibility or authority to influence these decisions. Are there any rules that the PPTA has broken that you can bring to our attention? Is there a piece of legislation that you can provide us with that states whose responsibility and authority it is to influence this kind of decision?

I also said…

I realise that some of my questions are very similar. I do not expect them all to be answered. Please answer the ones that you think are most pertinent and that you can answer most comprehensively.

I received a response today from Dr Graham Stoop, Deputy Secretary of Student Achievement:

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Joe the Plumber on the MSM

Joe the Plumber has gone to Israel to look into reporting on the Israeli’s war on terror group Hamas. he is less than impressed; perhaps he should look up Mark Crysell, the TVNZ coward sitting in Sderot, Israel all doled up in a flak jacket while Israeli citizens wander around him without protection.

Samuel Wurzelbacher of Ohio, aka Joe the Plumber, arrived in Sderot at noon Sunday to show local and foreign reporters how to do it right.

“You should be ashamed of yourself,” he told foreign reporters.

“You should be patriotic, protect your family and children, not report like you have been doing for the past two weeks since this war has started,” he said.

Wurzelbacher, the man who stole the limelight from Republican presidential candidate John McCain during the American election campaign, has found a new job – as a correspondent for the Internet Web sites PJTV and Pajamas Media.

Armed with a camera and a temporary Government Press Office card, he got a taste of reality in Sderot, visiting a house hit by a Kassam rocket two weeks ago and experiencing a “Code Red” alert first-hand. He also observed and reported from the house where a Kassam landed on Sunday afternoon.

The people of Sderot “can’t do normal things day to day,” like get soap in their eyes in the shower, for fear a rocket might come in, Wurzelbacher said. “I’m sure they’re taking quick showers. I know I would.”

He also wondered why Israel waited so long to act. “I know if I were a citizen here, I’d be damned upset.” He described himself as a “peaceloving man,” but added, “when someone hits me, I’m going to unload on the boy. And if the rest of the world doesn’t understand that, then I’m sorry.”

Wurzelbacher had already announced that he would arrive in the area for 10 days to cover Operation Cast Lead and to assist in getting out the Israeli side of the story.

“I want the average American Joes to understand the story here from the point of view of someone like them,” he told WNWO, a TV channel in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, before heading here.

During the election campaign, Wurzelbacher (who supported McCain) warned Jewish voters in America that voting for President-elect Barack Obama would be a death blow to Israel, saying, “Obama has offered to sit down with the enemies of Israel.”

But in Sderot, he seemed just as intent on teaching a thing or two to the media. “Do you think this is normal, the way you cover this conflict and give away information to your enemy?” he asked the journalists that gathered around him.

“It makes me sick to see the way you behave – you guys need to be protective of your homes, your children, your family.”

“I am angry,” he said, “and this is why I came here.”

I saw some pictures of Joe the Plumber in Sderot and he wasn’t wearing a flak jacket. He is right though, the mainstream media should be ashamed of themselves.