100 academics opposed to league tables

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School league tables are harmful to education. Tables based on “ropey data” are even worse. In this open letter 100 academics speak out against league tables.


We are a group of New Zealand academics teaching and researching in universities. As a group we are very concerned about the proposed publication of ‘league tables’ of primary school performance based on National Standards, whether compiled by media organisations or by Government. We believe that National Standards achievement data and the available school and student level contextualising data are so clearly unsuitable for the purpose of comparing school performance that to purport to do so would be dishonest and irresponsible. We also believe, based on the experience of other countries, that the publication of league tables will be extremely damaging for New Zealand primary education. As academics we will condemn and disregard any published league table of primary school performance and we urge the New Zealand public to do likewise.

Current Signatories (names will continue to be added)

Emeritus Professor Raymond Adams, Massey University

Dr Vivienne Anderson, University of Otago

Judy Bailey, University of Waikato

Associate Professor Miles Barker, University of Waikato

Dr Roseanna Bourke, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Jenny Boyack, Massey University

Professor Christopher Branson, University of Waikato

Trish Brooking, University of Otago

Associate Professor Gavin Brown, University of Auckland

Dr Mike Brown, University of Waikato

Dr Seth Brown, Massey University

Tracey Carlyon, University of Waikato

Dr Vicki Carpenter, University of Auckland

Professor James Chapman, Massey University

Sue Cheesman, University of Waikato

Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips, University of Waikato

Tracey-Lynne Cody, Massey University

Associate Professor Lindsey Conner, University of Canterbury

Dr Marian Court, Massey University

Dr Hamish Crocket, University of Waikato

Associate Professor Kathie Crocket, University of Waikato

Professor Niki Davis, University of Canterbury

Associate Professor Nesta Devine, AUT University

Dr Vijaya Dharan, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Helen Dixon, University of Auckland

Judy Duncan, University of Auckland

Emeritus Professor Warwick Elley, University of Canterbury

Fiona Ellis, University of Otago

Dr Brian Finch, Massey University

Dr Katie Fitzpatrick, University of Auckland

Lester Flockton, University of Otago

Dr Margaret Franken, University of Waikato

Dr John Freeman-Moir, University of Canterbury

Associate Professor Alison Gilmore, University of Otago

Dr Barrie Gordon, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Alexandra Gunn, University of Otago

Maggie Haggerty, Victoria University of Wellington

Tamsin Hanly, University of Auckland

Paul Hansen, Massey University

Dr Sally Hansen, Massey University

Emeritus Professor Richard Harker, Massey University

Dr Penny Haworth, Massey University

Michelle Hesketh, University of Auckland

Paul Heyward, University of Auckland

Associate Professor Mary Hill, University of Auckland

Robert Hoeberigs, University of Auckland

Jodie Hunter, Massey University

Philippa Hunter, University of Waikato

Dr Michael Irwin, Massey University

Jayne Jackson, Massey University

Andrew Jamieson, Massey University

Dr Joce Jesson, University of Auckland

Professor Alison Jones, University of Auckland

Dr Alison Kearney, Massey University

Janette Kelly, University of Waikato

Dr Joanna Kidman, Victoria University of Wellington

Ken Kilpin, Massey University

Judine Ladbrook, University of Auckland

Dr Darrell Latham, University of Otago

Dr Deidre Le Fevre, University of Auckland

Dr Frances Langdon, University of Auckland

Debora Lee, University of Auckland

Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty, University of Canterbury

Dr Kirsten Locke, University of Auckland

Professor Terry Locke, University of Waikato

Dr Judith Loveridge, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Jude MacArthur, Massey University

Dr Sasha Matthewman, University of Auckland

Professor Helen May, University of Otago

Professor Stephen May, University of Auckland

John McCaffery, University of Auckland

Dr Alyson McGee, Massey University

Dr Mandia Mentis, Massey University

Frauke Meyer, University of Auckland

Louise Milne, University of Waikato

Professor Linda Mitchell, University of Waikato

Associate Professor Missy Morton, University of Canterbury

Associate Professor Carol Mutch, University of Auckland

Dr Karen Nairn, University of Otago

Wendy Neilson, University of Waikato

Associate Professor Peter O’Connor, University of Auckland

Anne-Marie O’Neill, Massey University

Professor John O’Neill, Massey University

Dr Kirsten Petrie, University of Waikato

Dr Peter Rawlins, Massey University

Dr Karen Rhodes, Massey University

Associate Professor Tracy Riley, Massey University

Professor Peter Roberts, University of Canterbury

Nigel Robertson, University of Waikato

Dr Susan Sandretto, University of Otago

Alan Scott, University of Canterbury

Cathy Short, University of Waikato

Associate Professor Mary Simpson, University of Otago

Anne Sinclair, University of Auckland

Dr David Small, University of Canterbury

Jill Stephenson, University of Auckland

Gary Tenbeth, University of Auckland

Dr Kate Thornton, Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Martin Thrupp, University of Waikato

Dr Trevor Thwaites, University of Auckland

Lynley Tulloch, University of Waikato

Distinguished Professor William Tunmer, Massey University

Dr Bill Ussher, University of Waikato

Dr Jannie van Hees, University of Auckland

Professor Margaret Walshaw, Massey University

Dr Kama Weir, Massey University

Dr Bronwyn Wood, Victoria University of Wellington

[See original for further notes and details.]

154 comments on “100 academics opposed to league tables”

  1. National Standards are seriously flawed and their inconsistent unmoderated nature means there will be no value in their collective data and for the Government to endorse a league table based on them would be unethical and dishonest. Judging by the government’s performance generally, perhaps honesty and ethics are not regarded as criteria important enough to reverse their decision.
    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/implementing-league-tables-dishonest.html

  2. Dr Terry 2

    They are welcome to my name! The problem is the grave suspicion of academics in this country, plus government abhorrence. (How often do we hear people throwing off at “egg-heads”? This is not so in all countries).If people wanted “intelligence” many more would be voting for the Greens.

  3. captain hook 3

    how dare they say that?
    we paid good money to a right wing think tank to substantiate our claims and allow us to wreck the education system.
    and now people who ekshally know what they are talking about are refuting it,.
    what would they know?

  4. Dv 4

    Spalling hook edukashun

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    Very proud of these NZ acaedmics. Just awesome. What we need, as opposed to the tame intellectuals we have in too many corners of the system.

  6. Dv 6

    Heard Parata (reported) as saying there needs to be an INFORMED discussion.
    Huh

    Plenty of information about standards.

    BUT YOU need to listen.

    • grumpy 6.1

      ….let’s just get this straight……..

      The Government responds to pressure from parents to give them information on the performance of the schools they sent their children to and pay for with their hard earned taxpayers dollars.

      The teachers at those schools (not all of them but mainly those from poor performing ones) object furiously to the introduction of National Standards.

      The Government, having been returned to power with a mandate, again listens to parents and (like Labour in Australia), moves to introduce “League Tables”.

      Teachers and their Unions furiously oppose parents rights to information.

      Now, the academics who teach the teachers in the poor performing schools where significant numbers of students leave without learning to read, write of make simple mathematical calculations, object furiously to parents finding out just how crap some schools are and by association how crap teacher training is.

      …and we should be surprised??????

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 6.1.1

        “Responds to pressure from parents…”

        Bullshit – what pressure?

        Sixth in the world currently. You are so full of drivel.

        • grumpy 6.1.1.1

          “sixth” in what exactly???

          Our level of underachievement is huge. On the disparity of education we are pitiful. ….but the crap teachers, their unions and the clowns that trained them don’t want you to know that.

          If we are “sixth”, then how come 1 in 5 leave school unable to read and write andv perform simple mathematical tasks.

          Parents want better for their children than your lame excuses.

          • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.1.1

            If we are “sixth”, then how come 1 in 5 leave school unable to read and write andv perform simple mathematical tasks.

            Prove it. Show that you’re not just some dumbfuck that’s parroting Nationals lies.

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 6.1.1.1.1.1

              You are right Draco – come on Grumps – but I warn you this one in five lie is another zombie – let’s see your sources. Put up or shut up.

              • Populuxe1

                CIA Worldbook still lists us at 99% literacy, which while much lower than I’d like and lower than what is possible, still puts us equal with the US, the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland and Sweden. And much of that could be corrected by throwing more money at learning disabilities and fostering a more positive educational culture in some economically disadvantaged communities.

          • s y d 6.1.1.1.2

             

            86% percent achieved NCEA Level 1 literacy and numeracy in 2010

            mate, probably 1 in 5 parents left school unable to read and write. After all 50% of kids are below average intelligence, which is never going to change no matter how many charter schools we have.
            stop blaming teachers…we are not all the same, we cannot all be geniuses, but things have been on the improve…
            http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/indicators/main/education-and-learning-outcomes/28788

          • Georgecom 6.1.1.1.3

            Grumpy. NZ does considerably better than most other education systems. Yes we do have levels of underachievement. So do countries like Australia, the US and Britain. These countries all have tried aspects of national testing and league tables. Any difference to their rate of underachievement?

            So tell me, if it failed to make an impact in those countries, how will it make a difference here?

            And no, because Tolley or Parata said so isn’t acceptable. I want you to explain it clearly from your own mind, not parroting something the Minister of education has trotted out.

        • Rob 6.1.1.2

          and you KTH cannot engage in a normal debate without becoming emotional and personal.

          • grumpy 6.1.1.2.1

            ……probably a teacher……

          • Kotahi Tane Huna 6.1.1.2.2

            Fucking cry baby. You, Rob, cannot engage in a discussion about our childrens’ education without regurgitating mindless gobshite and demonstrating complete ignorance of the topic. And you probably even vote accordingly. The lies you sponge up harm New Zealand education, which if Grumps here was a bit more informed he might have twigged the OECD ranks (currently) as sixth best, according to our PISA scores.

            So, I don’t feel inclined to be polite to you. Sob.

            And what a fool you are Grumps, if you think my abrasive manner would last two minutes in a classroom. It schools you pretty well but.

            • Rob 6.1.1.2.2.1

              I dont think your abusive manner would work anywhere except in this place, where it seems to be regarded quite highly, thats probably a left thing. Lets face it, you really are just soft & shouty.

              • Kotahi Tane Huna

                Squidgey too. I just don’t tolerate zombie arguments that well.

                • grumpy

                  heh, “zombie arguments”…. you mean resorting to abuse instead of confronting the issue eh?

                  So why should we be surprised that 100 of the creators of the predicament object to their employers and customers being able to scruitinise the fruits of their endeavours?

                  • Kotahi Tane Huna

                    deleted – misread Grumps’ comment.

                    • grumpy

                      Certainly “wingnuts” make the best teachers. If she was extolling the virtues of National Standards she is obviously comfortable with her ability and any examination of her performance – in stark contrast to the 100 perpetrators of the situation requiring the need for National Standards trying to keep their performance secret.

                      Thanks for proving my point.

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      Grumps, you haven’t actually twigged as to the reasons the best teachers are disadvantaged by National’s Standards, have you?

                    • grumpy

                      Come on, it was a great comment – put it back!

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      Have you twigged yet? Would you like a clue?

                  • Kotahi Tane Huna

                    And no, Grumps, a zombie argument is one which keeps on moaning and shuffling long after it’s been thoroughly killed.

                    • grumpy

                      OK, so teacher’s unions and “academics” whining about National Standards and league tables that are already introduced by Labour in Australia and by National in NZ (where we are about to have league tables as well), are indulging in “zombie” arguments?

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      Nope. The zombie argument is that education standards will rise, when they fell when “National Standards” (which are neither) and league tables were introduced everywhere else in the world that was duped into introducing them. New Zealand will be no different.

                      Aussie are far behind us on PISA scores. Why are you setting the benchmark so low?

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.2

        Teachers and their Unions furiously oppose parents rights to information.

        That’s an outright lie. The teachers and unions have always been in favour of giving the parents the information that they need and that information has always been available. What they’re against is misleading information such as league tables and National Standards.

        Now, the academics who teach the teachers in the poor performing schools…

        You mean the poor performing schools that has NZ education in the top 5 globally?

        Yeah, just another RWNJ who has NFI WTF he’s talking about.

        • grumpy 6.1.2.1

          So they just don’t like information that’s comparative?

          • Kotahi Tane Huna 6.1.2.1.1

            Show me some. NS are neither national nor standard. Would you like another clue?

          • Draco T Bastard 6.1.2.1.2

            I suggest you go back to school as your reading comprehension skills are lacking.

      • Georgy 6.1.3

        Grumpy – do you actually know what national standards and league tables actually are? Your ramblings clearly show you have absolutely no idea!! Why dont you do some homework before you rant and rave

      • Georgecom 6.1.4

        So lets get this straight Grumpy

        Many good teachers and principals from good schools think the National Standards are flawed. They have voiced their professional opinions.

        Many parents voice their concerns about the Standards.

        Despite all the concerns raised by people who know what they are talking about, the Government plows ahead with these flawed standards. They then promote league tables, based on the flawed standards.

        Teachers and their unions continue to raise a number of concerns, including parents right to quality and informed information.

        Now a number of respected and knowledgable academics riase their concerns. The academics who train the quality teachers who work in the well performing schools.

        And you are not surprised about the governments myopia?

  7. Rob 7

    You know, Grupy’s point is the point that a lot of parents feel about this issue. In the paragraph there is a lot of metion of the damaging nature of this tables, but where is the reason for why it is damaging to education or whatever the threat is.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 7.1

      Can you read? You see the word “harmful” in blue in the post? That’s called a link – try clicking on it (with your mouse) and see what happens, but perhaps you’d better sit down first.

      • Rob 7.1.1

        So what they are saying is that they are concerened that the low performing schools will be come marginalised , is that it. Well maybe if they are not performing then they should come in to some form of scrutiny.

        By the way I can read and I was referring to the ‘Group of Educationalists” paragraph. It may help if they actually list their concerns in plain english and then throw in all the emotive elements.

        • grumpy 7.1.1.1

          By “marginalised” they are just using the school and it’s children as a shield to their incompetent professional exposure.

          These are the clowns who are even more responsible than crap teachers. They are the “experts” who gave us the system we have today and trained the incompetents who further stuffed the system.

          Don’t want to be exposed – who would have thought???????

        • framu 7.1.1.2

          all schools are already scrutinised – all the time. All without national standards and league tables

          National standards and league tables will only give simplistic, non standardised and highly misleading impressions about the state of a school and its ability to teach its students – because it only looks at a narrow range of factors – without even benchmarking them to the same standard

          but follow the marginalised idea further – whats happens to a school that is perceived to be failing its students?

          its role drops, its funding diminishes, it finds it harder to keep good staff etc etc

          then what happens to the students who are unable to get to a different school due to issues of transport, location etc etc?

          then what happens to the surrounding community as people move away for good to get their kids nearing to a school they perceive to be better?

          and on it goes

          • Kotahi Tane Huna 7.1.1.2.1

            “all schools are already scrutinised – all the time”

            By the Education Review Office, hence “ERO” reports. Why are wingnuts always so clueless about the basic facts on any given topic?

            • grumpy 7.1.1.2.1.1

              …..Well, gosh, gee, I suppose parents just want to be part of that too…..you know, for their kid’s education….?

              Probably over your head anyway, just one of those who believe that parents have no rights and “the state will decide” – eh?

              • Kotahi Tane Huna

                What colour is the sky on your planet? On Earth, in New Zealand, ERO reports are made public. That is how an informed parent chooses a school. Please tell me you don’t have school age children.

                • grumpy

                  see Rob’s reply below.

                  • Georgecom

                    Grumpy, why not actually answer the question yourself.

                    ERO review schools, they make their reports public. Parents have full freedom to visit a school, talk to the Principal, talk to Board members, have a look round the school, get a prospectus.

                    Explain to me how that process locks parents out of making an informed decision regarding their childs education?

                • Rob

                  Yes I do have 2 children at school currently, what about you KTH.

                  One real life incidence was with my oldest. The the quality of basic maths taught at school in year 5 and 6 was an absolute shambles and it all got tragically found out when 2 years of children moved on to year 7 at different schools. All these kids fell way down on stanine scores , well below average national standard. The teacher eventually left and the board got completely focussed on protecting the schools reputation, driven by all these PR concerns that seems to be driving a lot of the educationalists arguments here. The disapointing aspect is that the teacher ended up at another local school down the road teaching the same old dodgy maths. So nothing changed and nothing was learnt.

                  • Kotahi Tane Huna

                    “Way below average National Standard” – lol there is no such thing, because for the nth time they are neither national nor standard. What part of that are you having trouble with? Are you sure your children’s learning difficulties aren’t genetic?

                  • Descendant Of Smith

                    Fuck – the PR protectionism is driven by a right wing model of competition and the wasted productivity in the education sector on marketing and my school is better than your school bullshit.

                    How you can remotely link that to any sort of left wing ideology is beyond me.

                    League tables will encourage schools to hide those things even more.

                    A table showing spend per student might be useful to see what it costs for some of the private schools to get mediocre outcomes but of course we won’t get to see the results for private schools will we cause they don’t have to do them.

            • Rob 7.1.1.2.1.2

              Well an ERO report gives a view on a single school, it seems the only comparitive measure in the report is the decile mark, which is not a great indication of performance. What people are wanting to understand is how does the school measure comparitively against the other school choices in the area that are available.

              • framu

                ” it seems the only comparitive measure in the report is the decile mark, which is not a great indication of performance”

                its not going to tell you much about the schools performance as its an indication of socio-economic levels of the surrounding community – not how well the school is doing

                • Rob

                  Exactly the point, without any comparitive measures , deciles are what is being considered.

                  • Kotahi Tane Huna

                    The solution is to abolish decile ratings, not add more meaningless noise.

                    • Grumpy

                      I agree with your point about abolishing decile rankings.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Like too many parents you guys seem to think that the decile rating system is a rating system of the school’s educational performance. IT IS NOT.

                      Please try and learn about something a little before deciding “get rid of it”.

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      Akshully CV that’s one of the reasons I’d get rid of them – by which I guess I mean get them out of the public domain.

                  • framu

                    so why go for a narrowly defined set of parameters that arent even the same across the country?

              • mike e

                Rob the ERO doen’t set the decile of the school stats NZ grades the school by the incomes of those in the area where the schools pupil catchment.

          • grumpy 7.1.1.2.2

            If the school community allow their school to get into that situation, it is better to close as it is only harming those who are entrusted to it.

            • framu 7.1.1.2.2.1

              what situation? the one where its seen as not doing well based on misleading information??

              • grumpy

                No, where it’s seen not to be doing well on results!

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  Results, like PISA scores for example?

                  • Rob

                    Oh great, my kid can’t read and add , however I am being told that he is in an education system evidently smarter than Turkey. Great now I am really reassured, good job chaps.

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      Do you have something against Turks? No matter. I think you are lying about having an illiterate, innumerate “kid”, but what does your personal tragedy (sob) have to do with the wider issue?

                      Is your child typical? How would you know? Where are your facts? Is there any basis for your notions other than stupidity, prejudice and ignorance? If so, where is it?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Oh great, my kid can’t read and add , however I am being told that he is in an education system evidently smarter than Turkey. Great now I am really reassured, good job chaps.

                      Take some personal responsibility as a parent then mate and don’t put it all on the school.

      • Mark 7.1.2

        Oh, a link to a NZ Herald article, top notch journalism quoting a tame left state funded “academic”
        Scientific.. yeah right.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 7.1.2.1

          And the basis for your opinion is what? So far you’ve displayed nothing but ignorance and zombie rhetoric.

        • Colonial Viper 7.1.2.2

          Hey Mark, as KTH mentions, how about doing a critique of the rationale instead of slamming the person?

          Because funnily enough, with your anti-education bent, you’ll quickly dismiss all university staff as being tame, lefty and state funded. And who does that leave you getting your opinions from? The NBR?

          Dork.

  8. Mark 8

    “but follow the marginalised idea further – whats happens to a school that is perceived to be failing its students?”

    I think the idea is that those schools will be given greater support.. teachers will be financially incentivised to lift the students’ results, parents will be given greater support to assist with this.
    But we wouldn’t want that would we.. the left have a vested interest in keeping people ignorant.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 8.1

      Wilfully idiotic is your signature MO, I take it.

      “The left” is the reason the children of poor parents get an education at all, and your lies are exposed by the real world effects of the policies you have been duped into supporting.

      None of the lies you just told about “schools will be”, and “teachers will be” ever actually happen in your awful right-wing dystopia. Are you deceitful or deceived?

      • Mark 8.1.1

        The planet, or particularly NZ, has moved on from the industrial revolution KTH, and although your point may have been valid many years ago, it is no longer relevant.
        What is your opposition to performance pay for teachers.. is it that it can’t be measured? Well, I suspect with a formula encompassing Decile Level, National Standard,s League Tables etc it is not that hard.
        Decile funding proves that “schools will be” – at least I guess in your utopia where everything can be fixed by throwing tax money at it.
        You should be grateful that private schools exist where parents pick up the major chunk of the cost of their childrens education, leaving more funds for the not- as- well- off.
        Do you have any solutions that don’t involve taxing the “rich” more, to give no strings attached handouts to everyone else?

        • framu 8.1.1.1

          “What is your opposition to performance pay for teachers”

          you do realise that this already happens?

          • Mark 8.1.1.1.1

            No, where?
            But what is the opposition to it?

            • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Following the lead of the US education system is a fail. The fact that you want to push us down that road is a fail.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 8.1.1.2

          You see that there, Mark? The bit where Framu pointed out to you that performance pay already happens?

          Why are wingnuts never well informed? Come on – explain yourself!

          PS: “Solution” to what, fool? The fact that our schools perform so well as measured against other countries in the OECD? Link to your supporting material or piss off.

          • Mark 8.1.1.2.1

            How about you answer some of the questions.. fool..
            Why are you against performance pay for teachers?
            What solutions apart from more tax?
            You are very good at throwing insults, on every thread, but no answers to pertinent questions, ever..
            The local bully boy?

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 8.1.1.2.1.1

              “Against performance pay” – I’m not – it already happens.

              Solutions to what? The pain in your mind? I’d suggest glad wrap.

              Stop whining about being treated like a clueless wingnut and justify your assertions with some supporting material.

              • Rob

                OK KTH, explain to us all about how performance pay occurs in a school environment.

                This will be good……..

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  It was Framu’s assertion, one which I know to be true. Why don’t you have a wee peek at the Ministry of Education’s website, perhaps do a search for “evaluation” or “assessment” – y’know, just like someone who was genuinely trying to find something out for themselves?

                  • Rob

                    As expected , nothing. Limp and soft and all shout and noise.

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      Oh for fucks sake. Do you people need your hand held for everything? Jesus wept.

                      Teacher appraisal – current practices.

                    • McFlock

                      Funnily enough, I did the recommended googling for you. Talk about spoon-feeding vs mind-reading. 

                           
                      Anyway, their performance does indeed affect the pay of teachers. It’s just not based on ill-considered, arbitrary, inflexible, counter-productive, idiotic and bureaucratic ‘National Standards’.
                           
                      I am sure your acceptance of this fact will be prompt, elegant and in warm spirit. /sarc.

                    • Rob

                      OK KTH

                      I went to your link and had a skim read, I then searched the doc for renumeration , pay scales, performance etc and there was nothing.

                      Anyway I was just interested in how teachers were paid. I still cannot see any evidence that there is any performance pay.

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      Rob, don’t worry about it – there are a lot of big words like “attestation against the professional standards for salary progression;” but McFlock’s link makes it even clearer.

                    • McFlock

                      Rob, do you need help finding your dick when you need to take a piss?

                  • Dv

                    Rob
                    From the first page of the doc.
                    “progression based on performance”

                    • Rob

                      Why McFlunk, are you offering to find it.

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      Not very gracious in total defeat are you Rob? Still, at least you will no longer repeat the lie that teachers are not paid according to performance, will you?

                      Of course you will – you’ll perhaps feel some sort of emotion while you’re lying through your teeth, but it won’t stop you, will it?

                      Have I judged you unfairly?

                    • McFlock

                      I don’t do nanotechnology.

        • Descendant Of Smith 8.1.1.3

          We shouldn’t be grateful at all. It was only ever intended that public finding went into public schools. Private schools and those parents who send their kids there have simultaneously argued for less taxation and for private access to public funding. That’s hardly a reason to be grateful.

          Religious schools should doubly not get state funding which perversely is increasing as religious participation is falling.

          • Populuxe1 8.1.1.3.1

            Religious schools should doubly not get state funding which perversely is increasing as religious participation is falling.

            Why? Don’t religious people pay tax? Does religious affiliation automatically mean you go to church? Are you making assumptions about what and how religious school’s teach?
            Religious schools frequently offer kids from economically disadvantaged families the sort of benefits otherwise only found in private schools – which I think is quite important as National seems determined to sabotage our state schools.

            • Descendant Of Smith 8.1.1.3.1.1

              Religious schools are private schools and the separation of religion and state principle should still apply as it used to. Most religions have tax free status and used to fund their own schools.

              It’s in more recent times they have had access to state funding.

              • Populuxe1

                Religious schools are not private schools in the conventional sense as they cater to a far broader range of socioeconomic backgrounds and have for some time been obliged to take non-religiously affiliated students who are also exempt from religious instruction (although I personally have found that the knowledge of the Bible and the study of comparative religions I picked up at school has always come in handy).
                I agree that churches shouldn’t be tax exempt – those there arguments to be made for those in possession of high maintenance heritage buildings and those genuinely providing charitable services.
                Schools for the deaf – where deafness is treated as a culture – get state funding, why not schools with people of a supernatural worldview?

              • Descendant Of Smith

                1975 when catholic schools were struggling for funding they lobbied and and got access to government funding. They have never relinquished their charitable status.

                • Populuxe1

                  Probably because they haven’t relinquished their charitable work.

                  • Populuxe1

                    I’s also point out that Metro‘s “Best Schools” issue this year indicated that the best performing schools in the lowest decile areas were Catholic.

                    • Descendant Of Smith

                      Depends what you are measuring doesn’t it. Truth takes a backward step for faith.

                      Public education should be secular as should the rest of the public service.

                      Reminder too that the Catholic church set up a network of private schools precisely because public schools were secular.

                      Tell me if public schools are to be religous which religion should they be?

                    • Populuxe1

                      I’m an atheist (but apparently not prejudiced). I went to a Vatican II (liberal) primary and secondary. Science teaching was straight up secular – big bang and evolution. The only weak points were sex ed, which we got the basics of, no contraception, but I personally think parents should be more involved there.
                      I don’t think public schools need to be religious, but some comparative understanding of the main religions in social studies would be more of a help than a hindrance – we live in a multicultural society after all.

                    • Descendant Of Smith

                      I don’t mind a social study historical approach to learning about religion either and in particular the development of an understanding of religous tolerance. That however is quite different from a specific religous school based on any religion.

                    • mike e

                      pop they are probably cooking the figures or get better children poorer families cannot afford uniforms either .
                      In my area the coed public high school performs better much better in fact than all the other schools including the very expensive private schools considering the private schools get so cold better teachers with better ratios and the cream of the crop children from wealthy well educated families the only advantage they get is snobbery and the old boys girls network.
                      1/2 truths and here say = popuganda1

    • framu 8.2

      “the left have a vested interest in keeping people ignorant.”

      oh well done – youve made an insult – you get a gold star 🙂

      • Mark 8.2.1

        That’s no insult, it is a fairly obvious truth to those that have experienced life from all sides of the spectrum, and are able to see through the bullshit, and call those from either side who spout it.
        (-:

        • framu 8.2.1.1

          no mark – its bullshit plain and simple to claim that the left want to keep people ignorant.

          just like saying the greens are all communists

          or that maori are all lazy bludgers

          or that right wingers are all out to eat babies

          its all bullshit

          all youve achieved is to loudly proclaim that your off in the corner with the kids who wear the pointy hat

        • Populuxe1 8.2.1.2

          I love the small of Ad Hominem in the morning. It smells like victory.

    • mike e 8.3

      mark of ignorance
      Another poodle of the right.

      • Mark 8.3.1

        Nobody’s poodle.. mike e you lapdog..
        Just browsing for some intellectual stimulation and reasoned argument/debate..
        Nothing to see here, I’ll move along to .. youtube? whoar?..
        Lol

        • Colonial Viper 8.3.1.1

          Just browsing for some intellectual stimulation and reasoned argument/debate..

          I thought you were just browsing to troll. It so hard to tell the difference with you.

  9. Colonial Viper 9

    At the end of the day all the Right Wing are interested in are dumbing down children mass education while privileged kids get even more resources, dissing frontline teaching and admin staff who know what they are doing, and privatising education income streams.

  10. fabregas4 10

    I’m sick of idiots thinking that deciles are anything at all to do with school quality – they are and always have been a funding mechanism. Quite simply anyone who thinks or believes otherwise is ignorant about education and shouldn’t comment here until they become more informed.

    • higherstandard 10.1

      Fair call.

    • Mark 10.2

      Exactly, precisely.. which is why we need more information. National Standards and League Tables.. and the only ones scared of them are bad teachers, bad teachers of teachers, and the ones who couldn’t even make it as teachers, the Teachers Union officials.
      As parents and taxpayers, we are both the employers and customers of teachers, and we have a right to know if they are any good.
      If they need support, we will support them, if they need discipline, we have the right to expect they will be. If they should be doing some other job, we have the right to expect that as well.
      The real world, that our kids will grow up in, and need to be prepared for.

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 10.2.1

        “The real world” – the one you know so little about? Especially when it comes to the part pertaining to education in NZ?

        • Mark 10.2.1.1

          Dunno really.. I was educated here, my kids are educated here, I’ve done a fair bit of vocational educating myself..
          One of my best mates is an educator of many years standing, I debate (argue like fuck actually) with him.. he states that because he is/has been a teacher that he performs some social service.. more than anyone else. (he now works for a private provider) He votes Green/Labour, spouts about his green/social cred as well.. exploits every tax loophole available (Trusts, LAQC’s) is a slum landlord (preferring Beneficiary tenants) and buys the latest iPad, xBox.. whenever available.
          Maybe I’m hypersensitive to leftie hypocrites.

          • Kotahi Tane Huna 10.2.1.1.1

            I don’t care about your character assassination of your friend.

          • Populuxe1 10.2.1.1.2

            Well that’s a classy way to talk about one of your “best mates” – shame on him for providing affordable accommodation and daring to treat himself!

      • Dv 10.2.2

        One of main arguments about Nat Stds, is they are Neither National nor are they standard.
        There is no effective moderation, so you can compare data across, pupils, time and schools.

        Teachers etc are worried about being judged by inacurate, ropey data that is near to meaningless.

        And the pass at L1 literacy is 87%. That is not 80%

        The other point i would make about those who are complaining about poor teachers, is WHO do you think are doing the evaluations of the nat stds? It is those teachers you think are so poor.

        I agree with Parata who said today there needs to be sensible debate.

      • Draco T Bastard 10.2.3

        All the information needed is already available. If people are complaining about the lack then it’s most likely that they haven’t actually engaged either their school or their children and are thus a failure as parents.

      • fabregas4 10.2.4

        I was a bloody fantastic teacher and am now a highly regarded principal. I am not scared of National Standards nor league tables. Not for me. But I know that they will do little good and will have a high chance of doing bad things for children, schools, and indeed our education system. 100 of our top education academics agree with this stand, a very large percentage of Principals do too. Most teachers do as well.

        If you want to know about your school – go visit it, get involved. Read the ERO report. Ask your neighbours but don’t mess the system just because you want some poorly constructed crap to tell you something that it doesn’t have the capacity to do and that the experts are clearly advising will only damage children.

  11. s y d 11

    Mark, just for you and the royal we….bring on the teacher discipline

  12. mike e 12

    Mark more redneck ranting
    Under labour our education system went from 14th in the OECD to 4th!
    No wonder our country is going backwards under Nactional.
    They can’t even do simple maths

  13. Mark 13

    From http://www.ssc.govt.nz/sites/all/files/pif-moe-review-june2011.PDF

    “The results of New Zealand education for most students compare well against those for other OECD
    countries, although New Zealand stands out as having a longer tail of low achievement. Those from
    low income households, including from Māori and Pasifika households, remain disproportionately
    represented in this group”

    So it is this group, that then becomes disproportionately represented in later crime statistics, welfare dependency etc that we need to help.
    There are however, many from this group that do very well, and any means that we can use to identify why/how etc will help to increase the general results.
    One of the methods that MUST be worth trying is educational/school/teacher performance, along with healthy homes, WFF, blah blah.
    So why are we not prepared to explore every method and option. We know that throwing more money at Welfare, Justice and Corrections does not work.
    Despite the opinions of most here, I am pretty sure that the dreaded RWNJ’s from JK down, want to see a society where everyone succeeds, and I doubt that most taxpayers would resent paying a little more if it was shown to have measurable effects.. but we need the measurement from somewhere.
    FFS, these 100 apparently intelligent people need to put up, or shut up.
    So do their supporters.

    • McFlock 13.1

      Seriously?
             
      You want to run a mandatory cohort study involving every single child in the country, including research access to individual criminal and health records? 
      Good luck with the ethics approval on that. 
           
       When you want to enter the real world, knock three times…

      • Mark 13.1.1

        McFluck
        No, we don’t need to study every child.. just the ones that (we?) are failing.
        Where you got the rest of your fantasy escapes me.. maybe I need to refresh more often.
        I am sure there must be some reasoned debate in here.. hard to find tho..

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 13.1.1.1

          That you do not understand McFlock’s point, and why it is relevant to your comment, is a reflection on your intellect, or perhaps your unwillingness to apply it. Have a wee think about it and see if the penny drops.

        • McFlock 13.1.1.2

          How would you know which ones fail and which ones don’t?
          How would you know that “educated” people don’t end up in jail too?
          How would you know that “educated” people don’t end up in hospital for the same or even more serious conditions than “poorly educated”?
             
          You would need to compare lifestyle factors between successful people and those cast aside by society. Lifestyle factors in addition to the national standards and deprivation catchment which would be on their minEd data. Police records. CYF/W&I. MinHealth NMDS admissions. Mental health records. Otherwise you’re just comparing the blunt instrument of national standards with the blunt instrument of national standards.
               
          And you don’t know which pupils would be successful vs the others. So you’d need to get this lifestyle data from all of them.
               
          Like I say,  your pithy little line “There are however, many from this group that do very well, and any means that we can use to identify why/how etc will help to increase the general results.” actually hides a multimillion dollar study with zero chance of ethics approval, and that’s even before you target it along the lines of ethnicity.
                 
          You have no idea what the fuck you are talking about.  

    • mike e 13.2

      Mark no doubt you supported boot camps as well they were highly successful costing millions
      Creating one that is one good outcome after 3 years just to prove all the overseas research was right
      Boot camps acshually have a negative outcome!
      But it sucked all the rednecks in and they acshually voted nashonil!

    • Draco T Bastard 13.3

      FFS, these 100 apparently intelligent people need to put up, or shut up.

      They have. Studies showing the failure of the system you want abound. Everywhere it’s been put in place it’s failed.

  14. Mark 14

    Oh KTH, on some threads you seem to have some knowledge, or even intellect..
    More often, sadly, it seems a case of parroting what you think sounds right..
    Proof that league tables or rigorous teacher appraisal in your educational history would be most enlightening.
    But enlighten me (for once) on your understanding of the comment and response.. go on.. bully boy..

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 14.1

      Oh come on, it’s simple – the data you are proposing we gather would take the sort of study that McFlock illustrates.

      To make matters worse, it would be money down the toilet because we know what the problem is and we have some ideas about the solutions. As discussed in this forum on many occasions.

      • Mark 14.1.1

        No, the data we want and need right now is League Tables, which when used with Decile Levels, and National Standards, will enable us to effectively target the areas that need improvement, and improve them.
        Your links are not only crap leftie bullshit, they demonstrate your lack of ability to think for yourself.
        Further evidenced by your running away and resorting to insult when owned.
        Come on, show us what you got..

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 14.1.1.1

          “Owned” lol

          If any of the above were true, why have education standards fallen so markedly in the UK and USA?

          You still haven’t articulated what you even think the problem is – and you have nothing to even back it up when you do.

          How do you know, Mark, that one in five are illiterate and innumerate? Hint – they aren’t – the figure is bullshit – but where did you get it from? Have you been spoon-fed or did you check? Since I have a new owner I want make sure he’s house-trained.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 14.1.1.2

          PS: “Crap lefty bullshit” is such a strong argument – especially when combined with nothing whatsoever to even attempt to address the points it raises. No wonder they say stupidity is a gateway to conservatism.

        • Descendant Of Smith 14.1.1.3

          But we already know from existing data which students are failing and which schools are having difficulty. We could now, without national standards put more teachers, more social workers, better after school care, more sports support, etc into those schools. We could look at the ERO reports and put support in to address those issues. We could understand whether that school has a significant number of kids with disabilities, alcohol foetal syndrome, lack of parental support, English as a second language students, etc.

          Tables tell us none of those things and simply gives a not very accurate output measure which can be skewed by a hundred things.

          The days when you measured kids at entry level as to whether they could tie their shoelaces and say the alphabet when they started school without considering that the parents were poor and the kid only got their first pair of shoes some how the day before and the parents were illiterate hence the problems with the alphabet resulted in much damage, including kids being institutionalised were a good example of national standardisation having bad results across many OECD countries.

          And if the intent is really to provide more support why are we publishing the tables. We could just take the info and put in the support. We could give every parent the confidence that if any school their children went to had performance issues that supports would be in place and issues addressed.
          .

        • prism 14.1.1.4

          Mark

          No, the data we want and need right now is League Tables, which when used with Decile Levels, and National Standards, will enable us to effectively target the areas that need improvement, and improve them.

          Very funny parody. You have covered all the amusing rubbishy incorrect spiel that is coming from certain proportion of the public, the half-educated, who have reached the highest level of their understanding and are dangling at that point, fixed by the Peter Principle.

      • Mark 14.1.2

        Fuck, if you think that graph proves your point… you need a bit more education. luckily we will have some Charter Schools soon, although even they might struggle.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 14.1.2.1

          Proves what? It demonstrates a strong relationship between levels of equality and education outcomes – one that is borne out by plenty of studies – and your source is what? A big bag of air.

        • Draco T Bastard 14.1.2.2

          Charter schools are, on average, worse than state schools that means that having them will be worse for our children.

        • mike e 14.1.2.3

          Charter schools only take children who doe well anyway and get rid of children who do not perform. to make themselves look good’
          They have a very high teacher turn over because of the way their run. No evidence they are cheaper in fact the opposite is true and the taxpayer ends up cleaning up the mess of another public private fuck up.
          Mark look at whats happening in the UK
          PPP.s are bankrupting the UK.
          Dumb and Dumber bean brained bean counters trying to run education.
          Isaac’s what a joke her experience I’ve been on the board of trustees of my kids school.
          Mark you better f/off back to the centre of independent studies for some better propaganda than BS your spewing out here.

  15. mike e 15

    Mark Act BS you are pushing 1% of people voted for the party that seems to have more power than it deserves.
    Your info is out of date like your redneck BS.
    Overseas right wing propagandists are pushing the same line with made up data.
    They have been outed the latest Education scammer Michelle lee who falsified Data to help her careerer .
    Because Act has done dismally its using its financial mite to bully everyone into submission.

  16. Colonial Viper 16

    Mark making noises that National Standards will allow us to better target resources at areas which are failing.

    Hey, newsflash, we ALREADY know all that, we just need to DO IT.

    You’re just running delays and cover for National’s no idea no plan strategy.

    • Herodotus 16.1

      CV ask any parent with an education background. If they cannot buy into it why should anyone else.
      Re league tables – who needs them Key lives in the grammar zone and even these 2 state school were not up to his NATIONAL standards

  17. fabregas4 17

    I’m waiting for Key to say “Well as for those academics I could get you 101 who would hold a counter view” and praying for an interviewer who replies “like who for example- please tell me the names of say 10”.

  18. Georgy 18

    Wouldn’t it be good if Grumpy and Mark could clearly show what a national standard is for, lets say, year 8 writing, how it was determined, why it is a national standard, how it is moderated, and how, when coupled to a decile level, would be useful info for parents.

    It would also be good if they could clearly show how league tables are actually created, what data is used, how it is collated, and why it is a true reflection of a given school.

    Come on you guys, please enlighten us.

  19. I get the impression from Grumpy and others of his ilk that the education system would perform better with politicians deciding what and how we should teach and assess. We need to remove teachers as having a legitimate voice in what happens in education and we should ignore the views of 100 education academics who don’t know a jot about education. This all sounds like climate change deniers rejecting the 95% of scientific agreement.

    What Grumpy and the Government don’t understand is that of all the determiners of a child’s education achievement the influence of teachers only contributes 10%. Family wealth, cultural background and natural capability make up the majority of the determiners. Considering New Zealand is a multicultural society (20% of NZ children tested for the international PISA assessment spoke English as a second language) and we have the fastest growing income inequity in the OECD, we perform extremely well.

    It is interesting that for many years we ranked in the international top five for education but since National took power our ranking is slipping. With the unfortunate focus on just numeracy and literacy we have dropped in our science achievement and our ranking overall is now about 6th or 7th. The top ranked countries like Finland do not have national standards or league tables. We are adopting the systems of the US and UK who a ranked well beneath us and we are rapidly moving down to join them.

    • grumpy 19.1

      “……the unfortunate focus on just numeracy and literacy ….”

      Says it all really.

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 19.1.1

        What Grumps, you think your vague allusions count as an argument do you? Not everyone is as inarticulate as you are. Thank goodness you have fuck all say in education policy.

      • framu 19.1.2

        not really – you missed out the remainder of the sentence, and paragraph

        try reading the whole thing then get back to us

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    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    7 days ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
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  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
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    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
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  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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