Education

Schools are too white

Schools are too white, apparently. A newspaper attempts to explain. quote.

Quote:A Tongan Auckland high school student is issuing a plea to educators not to make her a “brown Palangi” – a brown-skinned person with European values.

Foloiola Finau, a Year 13 student at Kia Aroha College in ?tara, says education initiatives should aim not to “fix” M?ori and Pasifika students who are seen as “failures”, but to fix “the whiteness of our education system”.End of quote.

Note how saying “the brownness of our education system” would be racist. Quote.

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My warning is too late: Kiwi kids are already being indoctrinated

LGBT rights advocates march on Washington in 2009 (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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All that time I said I wasn’t indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people? That was a lie. end quote.

S. Bear quote.

And after all, we are advocating the destruction of the centrality of marriage and the nuclear family unit […] end quote.

Ryan Conrad quote.

[…] gays must be portrayed as victims in need of protection so that straights will be inclined by reflex to adopt the role of protector. end quote.

This last quote comes from the 2004 article After the Ball-Why the Homosexual Movement Has Won?which discusses the strategy used by the homosexual movement to make homosexuality part of mainstream American culture.

The purpose of this article is to warn all of you about the encroaching indoctrination of your children, about programmes designed to use psychology, marketing and training, not for tolerance and respect for fringe sexual desires or mental disorders, but to convince your children that such conditions are normal and that they need to accept the readjustment of society in order to propagate this delusion.

We in New Zealand should all be alarmed at the restrictions on our free speech and the cultural push to bully anyone who disagrees with the gender ideology/propaganda that is rapidly replacing scientific fact, moral thought and political courage.

Despite many years of people trying to warn the public, the creep of this ideological wave has already taken over much of our political authority, educational leadership, and, unsurprisingly, our media.

As part of our party’s stance of standing up for your children, one of our team managed to get a hold of the ?Mates & Dates sex programme that is being pushed onto schools throughout the country, and I have been told?that ?it’s as bad as we thought”.

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That really does sound a little queer

Celine Ryan writes for Campus Reform. Quote.

This school year, students across the country will attend courses on ?Queering the Bible,? ?Queering Childhood,? ?Queering Theology,? and similar topics.

Students at Pomona College in Claremont, California, for instance, will have the opportunity to enroll in a brand new course titled ?Queering Childhood,? which will examine ?the figure of the Child and how this figuration is used by politics, law, and medicine to justify continued cultural investment in reproductive heteronormativity and productive ablebodiedness.?

The course description explains that students will examine the childhoods of ?queer and crip children,? as well as ?childhoods against which the figure of the Child is articulated,? with reference to work related to ?gender studies, childhood studies, disability studies, and queer theory.? End of quote.

Can someone please explain why cultural investment in productive, able-bodied, heterosexual relationships producing children should be questioned?? Does this not describe the vast majority of the population? Quote. Read more »

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Zero fees: Frank Spencer couldn’t have done a better job

Colour me surprised. Looks like one of the government’s flagship policies, the zero fees policy, is turning out to be a bit of disaster. RNZ reports.

Quote:Official figures show student numbers increased just 0.3 percent this year, which the organisation representing New Zealand’s universities says shows the zero fees policy is not working.End of quote.

Student numbers have increased just 0.3 percent. I can understand a zero-fees policy if it means more students. More students is good. More students means hopefully you get enough students who when they graduate end up benefiting the country and offsetting the cost of the zero fees scheme.

Except student numbers haven’t increased which means as taxpayers we’re just subsidising students who would have gone to uni anyway. Quote:

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Kate Hawkesby nails it: Hipkins is deadset useless

Chris Hipkins Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

You know something’s awry when universities are at odds with a Labour government.

Information released to the Herald under the Official Information Act regards the government’s free fees policy, has revealed tensions in the form of letters between Education Minister Chris Hipkins and the Chair of Universities NZ.

In a nutshell, universities claim the free fees policy will only create an added burden to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars in administrative fees – not to mention potentially pushing students into studying courses they simply won’t or can’t pass.

In other words a poorly thought out policy with no regard for any unintended consequences. An easy bribe to get the student vote.

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So now it’s all about ability

A South Island principal says some boys are missing out because of a lack of male primary school teachers.

But the Ministry of Education says it’s about the quality of teaching, not the gender of the teacher.

Really? About quality teaching now is it?

[…]The Kaitangata Primary School teacher says your gender doesn’t make you a better teacher, but he says it’s important students have both female and male role models.

“For a lot of the children at schools and inner city schools where I’ve taught, you’d be the only positive male in the family, if not the only male that was present in their lives, and I think that’s crucial.”

Good point.

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Photo of the Day

Six Dots

Louis Braille

How a tenacious boy created one of the most life-changing inventions in human history

Louis Braille was born near Paris, France on January 4th, 1809. At the age of three, he lost sight in his left eye due to an accident in his father’s workshop. A year later, an infection took his vision in his right eye as well.Six dots. Six bumps. Six bumps in different patterns, like constellations, spreading out over the page. What are they? Numbers, letters, words. Who made this code? None other than Louis Braille, a French 12-year-old, who was also blind. And his work changed the world of reading and writing, forever.

Braille would later attend the Royal Institute for Blind Children in Paris. There, he learned of a system used in the military known as “night writing” which allowed soldiers to communicate without light or speech. This system utilised 12 raised dots used to represent different sounds,

Intrigued, the young Braille adapted this system and created the modern Braille system as we know it today. The system has been adapted to most languages and it is still the most popular way for the blind to read.

?Communication is health; communication is truth; communication is happiness,??Virginia Woolf wrote in contemplating?the elemental human need for communication. Indeed, a life deprived of that essential sustenance of the soul, whatever form it may take, is a life of unthinkable tragedy.

In the first few weeks of 1809, three baby boys were born who changed the course of history: Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States; Charles Darwin, British father of the theory of evolution; and Louis Braille, the French inventor of a means of literacy for blind people worldwide. Unlike Lincoln and Darwin, Braille’s genius is little known outside his native land, except among those who have been touched by his gift of literacy.

No cultural hero has delivered more people of that tragedy than?Louis Braille?(January 4, 1809?January 6, 1852).

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Who really needs to change their culture, do some soul-searching?

A self-described Teachers’ Union apparatchik talks about the?culture of police and military and how it needs to change:

I find it strange that he never acknowledges the abuse of young people by their own and the cover-ups that go on within the education sector, mostly by people represented by the union. ? Read more »

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He was registered, so he thought he’d grab her by the pussy

Teacher Registration is supposed to protect the kids. That is what Chris Hipkins tells us, that is why Labour opposes Charter Schools.

Yet, almost every week we see stories like this.

An Auckland teacher has had his registration cancelled after he put his hand up a colleague’s skirt and commented?on the size of her breasts.

However, the New Zealand Teachers’ Disciplinary Tribunal said?if Wayne Mackay re-applied for registration, he should be treated with positive consideration, but only if the Teachers’ Council believed he was rehabilitated.

In 2012, Mackay was accused of putting his hand up his colleague’s skirt?and touching her genitals while he was employed at Pakuranga College.

The case was heard in November 2016 after Mackay delayed it through legal action.

The tribunal found Mackay guilty, according to a?decision released on Monday. ? Read more »

Who will take responsibility for the failure and create genuine change?

In the middle of an opinion piece on the failure of streaming in schools, Andrew Dickens repeats an astounding statistic:

“[New Zealand’s]?15 year old’s maths scores have dropped by more than any other developed nation over the past 17 years. There’s a similar story in reading and science scores.”

Who will accept responsibility? ? Read more »