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Hard News: Birth of the Nasty

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  • Sacha,

    Yep, blaming the victim is such fresh thinking..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19729 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    My brother has dyslexia. How on earth would enshrining in law the requirement that all children learn to read, write and do maths assist my brother, who all through his school years, struggled with those subjects? What I am saying is that the proposed 'testing' regime is a one size fits all, when clearly, it doesn't. Children have different abilities (and for proof of that, look at the adult population). Educational policy and laws need to recognise this.

    I've blogged about this this morning. They're saying "we're not going to provide you with any good options -- and we're going to come down on you like a ton of bricks when it doesn't work out".

    I'm personally glad my kids are now at the other end of the education system. Other people won't be so lucky.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    National's Nicky Wagner spammed me with this just now:

    The committee has been set up to have a fresh look at the Emissions Trading Scheme in response to concerns about New Zealand’s poor record on emissions, the changed economic environment and rushed way the legislation was passed.

    That last seven words has the subtle aroma of irony about it. Or, not so subtle, didn't quite see the irony about it.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Shep,as you know the 'Inca Wall' was a Kaimanawa ignimbrite dyke and another of Barry B's little fantasies. Y'see, the Ancient Nation of Waitaha. although originating in the Pleiades, came here via South America...only corrupt arcaheologists abetted by those self-interested latecomers the Maori have destroyed or perverted all the evidence. Much like the corrupt & self-interested scientists who present evidence for anthropogenic global warming...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    "a Kaimanawa ignimbrite dyke", eh?

    And what sort of bike does she ride?

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    horse, surely :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19729 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Yep, mutated Clydesdale with hooves the size of ashets...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,


    Clydesdales with afterburners (fire mares), from the early-80s B-flick Krull.

    Seriously, thanks to ancient organic video technology, the knowledge of which has long been suppressed (boo hiss), this is NZ before those ill-mannered polynesians showed up and ate everyone. All "natural" rock formations shown are lovingly hand crafted by ancient white folks. So.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    My god, I'd forgotten that one.

    Quite successfully.

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    My god, I'd forgotten that one.
    Quite successfully.

    Sorry :(

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    O brillant Joe!
    Sorry Mark, but I have a thing about big heavy horses at full gallop-they literally do shake the earth. And then fart, sweat very heavily and haw for quite a while afterwards-

    incidentally, I've ridden a horse twice in my life (a big old draft mare at Motueka, long ago, tobacco-picking, and an ex-trotter led by an experienced person...)so I dont have a general thing about horses - it
    just brings to life, thankfully momentarily, a lot of ancient battles-

    and whee! You can see the iron adze marks on all those 'natural' formations! (if you squint-)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Upthread, there was discussion about the 90 day fire at will law hastily passed before christmas. Lo, today comes news that the kindergarten teachers are trying to negotiate it out of their contract.

    However a spokesman for Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson, who steered the bill through Parliament, said there was nothing in the law to stop unions, or individuals, and businesses negotiating out the probationary period.

    He said the Government had always envisaged that might occur in jobs or sectors where employers were having problems recruiting staff.

    Weren't we told that the law change was needed urgently to make it easier to recruit staff?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19729 posts Report Reply

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