Education

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 »

In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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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 »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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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 »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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 »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Duncan’s right, I wouldn’t want teachers doing it either

For once Duncan Garner has got something right.

I’ve been lucky to get a reasonably good insight into what goes on in our schools in recent years.

In many ways I’ve had a front row seat in the classroom, and I’m not sure it’s always been a privilege.

And that’s not because we have bad teachers and poor schools, not at all.

What I’m talking about is the huge and ever-increasing demands that are being piled upon our teachers.

My wife is a teacher-aide at a decile 4 school. I hear stories that could regularly lead news bulletins.

Schools have become more than a learning environment, they’re now a one-stop welfare agency without the corresponding resources required.

And I blame, among other things, bad or absent parents, stress, drugs, poverty, alcohol and general societal breakdown.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Who is in charge of education?

Education is in a shambles, that is if you believe the news media and the Labour party.

Labour wants to rid us of charter schools yet this is what the media have said about the education system in just the past week.

Illegal in school payments:

Teachers may have been granted “illegal” long service leave payments to go on overseas holidays in a case uncovered after the Ministry of Education stepped in at one south Auckland school.

A number of financial irregularities were uncovered at Papatoetoe Intermediate School, including funds that could have been used to support student learning being spent elsewhere.

Meanwhile pupils’ National Standards results lagged at up to 70 per cent ‘well below’ in reading, writing and maths.

It’s one of nine schools that are currently under the control of appointments directed by Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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