Intensification – A Dense Idea

While Len Brown wants to sock landowners with a 70% stealth tax from Canada, new evidence is emerging that despite his claims of following best practice for intensification, it is in fact detrimental.

It turns out cramming more people into cities won?t help the environment or our health, and may even hurt the economy

… In the eyes of many city planners and political leaders, the suburban ideal of the single-detached house on a quiet cul-de-sac, complete with a large yard and the requisite lengthy commute, is a relic of a bygone and largely unsustainable era. In its place, they are pushing for ?smart growth? communities featuring high-density housing?usually in the form of apartment and condo complexes?in mixed-use neighbourhoods where everyone walks, bikes or takes the bus. It?s the only way, we?re told, to handle our rapid population growth without destroying the environment and clogging streets with traffic.

Urban planners have been hotly debating how to cope with sprawl?or whether we even need to cope with it at all?for decades. But the smart-growth movement has picked up steam over the past decade as environmentalists concerned about global warming pointed the finger squarely at the suburban commuter for contributing to climate change.? Read more »

Public school philosophy vs private school philosophy

It is good to know there is one teacher in the world that believes kids shouldn’t get something for nothing.?

Dorval was a teacher at Ross Sheppard High School and was reprimanded for insubordination, and not following the school?s grading policy. He was suspended, and later fired after handing out zeros to students for work that wasn?t handed in or tests that weren?t taken.

Bloody scary there is such a thing as a grading policy that means a teacher can’t assign a zero mark for work that’s never been seen or where the kid hasn’t even bothered to turn up for the test. ?The really interesting part of this story is that Mr Dorval got reemployed straight away… in the private schooling system.

The headmaster of Tempo School says he had been looking for an advanced physics teacher, which is what Dorval taught at Ross Sheppard. The private school also says marking is left up to the teachers, and its students would expect to receive zeros if they didn?t complete their work.

It got me thinking… how many New Zealand kids get marks for doing nothing? ?And is there a growing divide between the expectations that private schools place on their students compared to those in the public sector?

One of my mates’ daughters is doing a forklift driving course so that she can bump up her NCEA credits… she has no intention ever to drive one but they are quick, easy credits. ?It seems to me that getting marks for doing nothing must be part of the grand scheme in the New Zealand public system somewhere.



The Doctors are revolting

More bad news for Labour in the health sector.

The Association of Salried Medical Specialists has announced that they will take a "consistantly critical" approach to commenting on government Health policy.

[quote]One paediatrician says there are now signs of rationing of healthcare.

The association has accused the Government of "data cleansing" waiting lists and indifference to patients.[/quote]

The days of labour controlling the media stories are long gone. There is now a constant stream of critical articles hitting the papers. Labour has essentially lost the media and therefore it will lose the people.