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Down with literacy

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, October 14th, 2008 - 45 comments
Categories: education, election 2008, humour, john key, national, youtube - Tags:

A crusade on illiteracy, surely.

Um, I’m not sure we want to entrust these guys with improving language skills.

[Update: true to form, the people in the sector don’t know what the hell National is talking about. Teachers say National seems to be taking about some vague reporting system, not more resources to actually improve literacy]

45 comments on “Down with literacy ”

  1. T-rex 1

    Key doesn’t even say literacy – it’s litracy.

    Wait… f*ck… there I go being an elitist. Dagnabbit!

  2. Julie 2

    Nice. I like the music too – is it just me or is Roger Douglas looking scarily like the Emperor these days? Maybe you Photoshop smarties could do something with that?

  3. G 3

    Yes, judging by Labour’s billboards you socialist smarties are indeed very adept with ol’ Photoshop! But here’s a shot that doesn’t need any retouching — you’ll recognise the face immediately…

    http://www.mooncostumes.com/image/10219

  4. Shit G – I do recognise her – it’s your missus! Tell her the ‘sod ain’t gonna answer her calls no matter how many times she rings!

    They find it so hard to let go…

  5. T-rex 5

    Huh?

    OHhhh, I get it G! Because it’s an ugly witch, and Helen Clark is also an ugly witch right? BRILLIANT! AHHAAHAHAHAHAHAH! OH DEAR LORD MY SIDES! And it’s so NEW too! Seriously, nothing like that has ever been suggested before. Daaaaang G, yo’ so avant garde! Just when I thought that maybe the left could possibly win this election afterall you came in here with your razor sharp tory wit and left all my dreams in tatters.

    Oh woe is me!

    Oh LACKadaY!

    In case the subtle undertones in the above made it based your ninja-esque perception, I’m calling you a stupid gumby.

  6. Better Dead Than Red 6

    “Literacy”- in the leftist lexicon means schooled in socialist thought patterns to the exclusion of all other thought patterns.

    [I’ve just checked my leftist lexicon and it defines literacy as: [n] the ability to read the writings of dear uncle Mao and copy out all of his wise teachings. SP]

  7. Hey baiter – you is only say’n that ‘cos you is illiterate 2. Don’t worry bro – it’s not you it’s everyone else that’s wrong…

  8. Pascal's bookie 8

    “..schooled in socialist thought patterns to the exclusion of all other thought patterns.”

    Wassamatta dead, your ideas can’t compete?

  9. jaymam 9

    Julie, something like this?
    http://i33.tinypic.com/98ec5s.jpg

  10. yl 10

    ok, thrilling debate so far.

    I will try to put it back on track.

    Nats education standards are rubbish. It is dated policy that has been proven to have no ability to further education standards.

    As a trained teacher, i know that ‘at risk’ students are already highlighted within the school through formative assessment. We do not need nation wide exams to do this. All they will do is use up schools, already limited resources, and time. They will cause teachers to teach towards the test which is dangerous.

    What we need is more money put into resources. More direct funding.

    NZEI has already slammed this policy as vague http://www.nzherald.co.nz/education/news/article.cfm?c_id=35&objectid=10537328

    this type of policy from nats is a paving the way to league tables are furthering a competitive model in school administration.

  11. randal 11

    literaacy shitteracy. if people read then they might get ideas and start thinking for themselves. cease and desist at once!

  12. Better Dead Than Red 12

    Yeah right Sod- always need that imaginary majority support don’t you?

    Y’know its sad that statistically speaking, more sexual assaults on students by teachers occur in the government sector. Even sadder that they have to interfere with their minds as well. (BTW, is that why you’ve been at school all your life?)

  13. Pascal's bookie 13

    It’s ok, yl.

    The Nats assure us that they’ll work out the details after they get elected. What could be fairer than that?

  14. Aldnut 14

    Hey dead – wassup cuz, gunna go get me a dictionry and learn me some real inglish

  15. Better Dead Than Red 15

    “Wassamatta dead, your ideas can’t compete?”

    When they’re purposefully excluded from the competition by ideological totalitarians, how can they?

  16. toad 16

    Three yeers ago I coodn’t even spel Nashnul politishun, and now I are one!

  17. Pascal's bookie 17

    Right. You and the creationists.

  18. randal 18

    wah wah wah…another tory whimperer. If that is all yo have to say then get a soapbox and lett it all hangout in logan park on sunday afternoons

  19. Better Dead Than Red 19

    “Three yeers ago I coodn’t even spel Nashnul politishun, and now I are one!”

    That’s funny Toad, given that its progressives like you who are mostly responsible for the decline in spelling standards.

  20. Aldnut 21

    Getting a bit pissed at u fullas havin a go at the way me and my m8s talk, any1 would fink yous r betta than us

  21. Better Dead Than Red 22

    “I’ve just checked my leftist lexicon and it defines literacy as: [n] the ability to read the writings of dear uncle Mao and copy out all of his wise teachings. SP”

    Heck that was quick. That lexicon- sitting right there by your elbow was it?

  22. Aldnut 23

    or u fink u are

  23. randal 24

    who needs literacy when you have a calculator and a spreadsheet?

  24. randal 25

    ooops…forgot the whip!

  25. Dom 26

    When Key says New Zild it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard…it’s so making the argument to change over to Aotearoa – though he could butcher that also I guess.

  26. Aldnut 27

    Hey here’s a flip flop I was just looking at, JK on NZ 1st in case anyones interested

    John Keys 180degree flip flop on Peters
    Paul Henry finally gets stuck into Key

    And here it is

    4:00AM Saturday Oct 11, 2008
    By Paula Oliver NZ Herald
    Q&A with National Party leader John Key

    Q: “You have said you will not work with Winston Peters. Does that mean no deal with New Zealand First under any circumstances’?
    John Key A:Yes!

    Hope my link worked

  27. Aldnut 28

    4:00AM Saturday Oct 11, 2008
    By Paula Oliver NZ Herald
    Q&A with National Party leader John Key
    Q: “You have said you will not work with Winston Peters. Does that mean no deal with New Zealand First under any circumstances’?
    John Key A: Yes!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10536831&pnum=0

    try again

  28. G 29

    Whoa! A little sensitive aren’t we? Seriously though, you have to admit the likeness is uncanny — Murray Webb couldn’t have done a better job…

    http://www-tc.pbs.org/adventuredivas/nz/media/pm.jpg

    http://www.mooncostumes.com/image/10219

    I know I’m not the first to make the comparison, T-Rex, but I Googled ‘Wicked Witch’ for my daughter last night and that’s what I got, complete without the ugly wart — just like the billboards! 🙂

  29. This is something we’d expect from George Bush, for example see his quote: “Childrens do learn.”

    Why won’t the media call out John Keys gaffe (?). Or does he really want to wage a “crusade on literacy”? It’s always a bad look to be talking about levels of literacy when you can’t even string a proper sentence together yourself.

  30. Whoa! A little sensitive aren’t we? Seriously though, you have to admit the likeness is uncanny

    Of course I’m sensitive, G – that’s why your wife likes me so very very much…

  31. Better Dead Than Red 32

    “This is something we’d expect from George Bush,”

    Or maybe even Barack Obama-

    “Well it costs too much money,” but you know what? It would cost, about… It — it — it would cost about the same as what we would spend… It… Over the course of 10 years it would cost what it would costs us… (nervous laugh) All right. Okay. We’re going to… It… It would cost us about the same as it would cost for about — hold on one second. I can’t hear myself. But I’m glad you’re fired up, though. I’m glad.

  32. G 33

    An hour to come up with that useless comeback, Sod? Oh dear…

    BTW you’re welcome to my wife, mate — I left her 6-years ago when she got fat and started voting Labour. To give the ex credit, though, she’s still a darn sight prettier than ol’ Smash-mouth.

  33. randal 34

    G… well if you are a representative of the ‘TYPE’ that votes natoinal then its no wonder that the electorate will reject you and your ilk on Nov 8. YOu are sick dude and need therapy for underlying character deformity

  34. G 35

    randal small-letters, if you can’t even spell ‘National’ then it’s no wonder the leader of the opposition wants to help you out on Nov 8.

  35. Ianmac 36

    Aldnut: When did that interview happen?

  36. appleboy 37

    Can I suggest we all just ignore and not even bother responding to posts from betterdeadthanred. With out exception, they are all moronic and it’s easy to see that this fruitcake exists only to extol the virtues of keyboard masturbation as a viable alternative to having friends. From here on in we can all live comfortably in the knowledge that we have missed nothing. Seriously, just ignore all posts from the git.

  37. gobsmacked 38

    So John Key goes to Gisborne to launch his policy. Unfortunately this gets shoved off the news by Clark, and also by himself, getting his knickers in a twist about some missing briefs.

    Still, at least he would have got some nice, uncritical coverage in Gisborne, surely.

    Er, no …

    http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/Default.aspx?s=3&s1=2&id=6245

  38. Better Dead Than Red 39

    “Seriously, just ignore all posts from the git.”

    Given the emptiness of your own comments,I would be immensely pleased if you could abide by that intention. In fact, I dunno why if my posts are so bad, you would need to beg in that manner anyway. Why would it matter to you?

    I’ll tell you why. You wish to control the debate. Like so many leftists, it irks you uncontrollably that some people express ideas outside of the socialist space time continuum. You want to send those who do express those ideas to the Siberian gulags. Like Joe Stalin. Or maybe you would like to take them out behind the rice paddies and suffocate them with a plastic bag over their head. In the way that Pol Pot’s acolytes dealt with dissenters. Or maybe you’d just like, in the age old fashion of totalitarians everywhere, to put them up against the wall like Fidel and Che did. Or put them thru a chipper like your buddy Saddam did. Or maybe just gas them in masse like your good old mate Adolf did. Just look back into the history of totalitarianism. There’s so many methods you can choose from.

    [lprent: wow – that one would have hit moderation. That was why I put all those names into moderation – overuse and largely out of context. ]

  39. RedLogix 40

    RB,

    You cannot tell difference between social democracy and totalitarianism, because from the remote perspective of your own self-imposed intellectual gulag… they look like the same thing.

    BTW. As I may have mentioned to you some years ago, I’m likely one of the few New Zealanders to have actually stood on that desolate “Highway of Bones”, running north from Kolyma. I went there as a personal pilgrimage in 2001.

    Your attempt to exploit the abomination of the gulags in order to cast yourself into a faux-matyrdom…. is pitiful.

  40. tracey 41

    Illiterati rools!

  41. Better Dead Than Red 42

    “Your attempt to exploit the abomination of the gulags in order to cast yourself into a faux-matyrdom . is pitiful.”

    Yawn….

    Why can’t you just do as your good buddy Appleboy implores you?? What I’m trying to do is make the ignorant little twit aware of the left’s history of stifling free speech so that he might think twice in future before he advocates shutting people he doesn’t like out of the debate.

    I’m reminding him of the murdering anti-freedom of expression dictators he is traditionally aligned with, and how, unless he wants to constantly remind other readers of this history, he should strive not to emulate those tyrants.

    Of course, if he was taught history at school, he’d already know that. If he was taught something other than socialism, he’d also know what he sounds like to people who have wider political views and greater experience of life than himself.

  42. Better Dead Than Red 43

    “That was why I put all those names into moderation – overuse and largely out of context.”

    See my post above. Don’t you think its important that people who obviously don’t know, should be warned about the history of totalitarianism? I do. That’s why I mention it.

    [lprent: and that is why it went through. But there is a strong correlation between comments mentioning the names of various dictators and someone I’d define as a troll. Specifically the pop-in and “crap in the porch” type of graffiti troll. Doesn’t add to debate out of context]

  43. randal 44

    that looks like the classic comics version of the world with a foreword by joe mccarthy!

  44. toad 45

    I guess National just want kids to grow up to spell as well as their mates in the ACT Party can!

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