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Parata to change careers?

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, June 2nd, 2012 - 15 comments
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Hekia Parata this week became the fourth minister in three months to see her career reduced to tatters. Looks like she’s planning a change – sixth member of My Chemical Romance.

h/t JC

In her latest fuck-up, Parata’s spin doctors told reporters that she got a standing ovation from principals. It was bullshit, of course. They stood when she left out of respect for her office, as they do with all ministers.

15 comments on “Parata to change careers?”

  1. fustercluck 1

    ovation |ōˈvāSHən|
    1 a sustained and enthusiastic show of appreciation from an audience, esp. by means of applause: the performance received a thundering ovation.
    2 Roman History: a processional entrance into Rome by a victorious commander, of lesser honor than a triumph.

    I think Parata meant the second definition of ‘ovation.’ She certainly is leading a militant assault on behalf of an imperial plutocracy. Perhaps a bit early to declare victory but given the Nats trend of reckless slashing of social spending her interpretation of the term ovation may be an indication of Nats intransigence on the matter of education funding.

  2. ianmac 2

    A long time ago when the then Minister of Education Lockwood Smith walked in to meet with a Rural teachers, they all stood respectfully. I believe that Lockwood was genuinely amused. (Coincidentally he was then defending his position on what he believed was the great advantages of Private Schools. It was pointed out to him that there was no way of measuring whether that was so, as they operated outside comparative State Schools systems. Given the huge socio/economic advantages that they started with, and much smaller classes, then maybe their pupils should do a great deal better. How could you tell?)

    A decade or so ago someone measured the success rate of First Year Students at Victoria University. They were ordered by where they had been College Schooled. Co-ed were clearly most successful, then Single Sex Schools and least successful were Private Schools. May have been something to do with natural mixing of the sexes in Co-ed.

    • just saying 2.1

      I think it had more to do with all that scaffolding being removed.

      • ianmac 2.1.1

        Yes JS. I think that in Private Schools, constant supervision rather than developing self-reliance, independent decisions on study/homework, as well as restricted interaction between the sexes must have an effect.

        • Bob McG

          the scaffolding probably gets more of them past the university gatekeepers but it’s not until you take it away that you find out who really deserves to be there.

          • Murray Olsen

            Sadly, the credit card gets them past the university gatekeepers in today’s universities.

    • Murray Olsen 2.2

      My own experience with university teaching of physics is that private school students can tend to get a bit lost when they’re not given paint by numbers projects to perform. They tend to have a better background than public schoolkids, but by the time they get to postgraduate level, they’ve sunk well back in the pack. You can’t differentiate them by achievement, but you certainly can by conversational topics. I can’t really say anything about coed schools except that I think that if we are wanting to help prepare someone for society, it would seem natural to have both boys and girls present.

    • Peter 2.3

      The fact that there are far more co-ed schools than single sex schools and private schools might have something to do with the ranking.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    National Standards consistent across our entire school system. Apart from elite, privileged, private schools of course.

    • Dv 3.1

      Ever then across schools the National Standards ARE NOT consistent because there is NO effective moderation!

      Nationals standards are neither national nor standard.

    • Chevalier 3.2

      and apart from Kura Kaupapa schools, of course.

  4. captain hook 4

    looks like they both take the same drugzzz…

  5. redman 5

    You can always tell how much shit a Minster is in by how awful and easily disproved the lies they are telling.

    She must be neck-deep at least.

  6. Mel 6

     The attacks on Education have united the Education sector in opposition, with the treasury policy on class sizes that she is foisting on primary schools the biggest ‘dud’ of all. In one foul swoop she has outraged parents, students. teachers, principals as well as the wider community. 
    This is a lose-lose policy for the government and for our nation’s children. The public know that and educationalists know that.
    We don’t want their Maceducation.

  7. I am sure many people have found out first hand the problems that go attached with being in big classes – those with extra learning needs more likely to dip out; more likely to have a couple hard core trouble makers; less stability. Sound familiar?


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