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  • Hard News: Party on, dudes,

    +1 to that Jackie!

    I first came across PA when Jolisa broke the Witi story. We bought the book for my mother in law for her birthday and attached Jolisa's blog post and the article from the Listener for extra homework :-) I love reading Busy Town; few and far between as the posts are, they are always gold. And I was lucky enough to run into Jolisa at a performance of Alice in Wonderland, which seems somehow appropriate.

    And I've learnt so much from Emma! She has helped to open up and refine my views on a whole lot of things.

    And of course, your own prolific and pointed articles Russell always keep me up to date with NZ media and politics and more.

    And my friend Paul Williams and I often get a kick out of the fact that he a kiwi in Australia and me an aussie in New Zealand both hang out here.

    So, what Jackie said really. A huge congrats for starting and keeping this thing going!

    Auckland • Since Jun 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Strange days for journalism, in reply to bronwyn,

    The Monthly did a great profile on Gina Rinehart in last month's issue - it's now available online. Obviously it's before this recent spate of action, but is a great backgrounder on some the forces that have made her who she is.

    And there's also this one from the Global Mail on Lang Hancock.

    Auckland • Since Jun 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Women and their representations, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Sounds like you might enjoy cosmocking.

    Ha! Great comments too.

    Auckland • Since Jun 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Women and their representations, in reply to Deborah,

    You forgot: also, you might be too fat.

    But why do people buy them? (A genuine question ... I don't, neither does anyone in my immediate family)

    EDIT: although given that jezebel post - perhaps they are worth it for the satire...

    Auckland • Since Jun 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Women and their representations, in reply to Deborah,

    The only universal tip I think of right now is “warm your hands up first”.

    Not necessarily.... depending.

    That's how you warm them up isn't it? ;-)

    Auckland • Since Jun 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Briefing, blaming, backing down, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Sorry Nat (the Nats I know are Nathans or Nathaniels

    I love those names! No worries at all.

    Auckland • Since Jun 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Briefing, blaming, backing down, in reply to Paul Williams,

    Nat is short for Natalie in this instance Hilary.

    Thanks Paul. Although the point still stands - he's not going to like his mother there any more than his father!

    Auckland • Since Jun 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Briefing, blaming, backing down, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    My research suggested one vital approach in tackling wicked problems: policy people and politicians need to build good relationships with all parties involved, including those who have ‘lived experience’ of the issues. The wisdom of those who are the targets of the policies is invaluable in formulating solutions that will work in the real world.

    This sounds so obvious when you put it like this Hilary.

    Having lived the experience of helping out in my son's class this morning, our discussion here could not be more relevant. My son is in year 2 in class of 28, having had 19 in year 1. (They usually aim for 24-25 in year 2 but for some reason the numbers didn't work out this year). 28 feels like it is too many: the room itself is too small, everyone is tripping over each other; it's too noisy, the kids are constantly being told to be quiet. And there at least 4 groups of kids of different abilities, so they break out into different activities for reading and maths.

    I don't know whether student achievement will be affected by this. Hattie would say perhaps not. But I think the kids feel it and if I was the teacher I would be needing a stiff drink (or three) by the time I got home.

    Anyway, I've had an email to say that Hattie's book is now waiting for pickup at the library, so I'll report back. I might be a while.

    Auckland • Since Jun 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Briefing, blaming, backing down, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Thanks for that Ross. I am waiting for Hattie's book, which I have reserved from the library. I would like to understand effect size better. I am hoping he thoroughly defines it in the book. Or perhaps someone else can elucidate?

    I think it's really important that the debate around class sizes includes the assumptions and context of this research. Otherwise we just end up in a "Research says class size doesn't matter" vs "It is obvious class size matters" stalemate.

    Auckland • Since Jun 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Editorial Image, in reply to DeepRed,

    In Freakonomics, the authors linked falling US crime rates in the 1990s to the fewer unwanted babies that resulted from Roe vs Wade in the early 1970s. They also made it clear that it all happened by accident, with no government coercion – hence the title of the book.

    That link was questioned fairly rigourously in Stephen Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature ...

    Auckland • Since Jun 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

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