Posts by Jeremy Eade

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  • Hard News: And so it begins, in reply to Paul Williams,

    Agree Paul, if your child is struggling with reading and writing the parent needs to help formulate new strategies towards those tasks. They have much more sway than a teacher.

    Also to be fair to John Hartevelt , I have read more of his articles and can see he is a good journalist. It's just a big move to grab data from a sector who have explained at considerable lengths on the shortcomings of the tabling of it.

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: And so it begins, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    I think recognising that a sizeable minority of students are coming out of modern schools worldwide with limited reading, writing and maths skills is important and a measurement of that and its symptoms is sensible. Why is writing so difficult to some students? A lot of reasons.

    Teaching to a test literally means teaching the answers to a known test to push up pass marks for politicains to use in their re-election bids.

    Incidentally where does the science of climate change fit into national standards or evolution, maybe to set an example for the kids the inability to comprehend the idea at an adult political level should see some serious flags come up for that individual , as we would for a youth unable to add or spell.

    National standards are fine but what are the standards and what are the measurements. Cirriculum is a field that does need some urgency, that's where we should be putting our energy, cirriculum and delivery.

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: And so it begins, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    One of the big improvements in schools has been the move to smaller class sizes. The ability to answer individual queries from the class is a massive prerequisite for more productive learning.... yet only recently we saw are very uneducated move to increase class size.

    The teaching to the test principle and this bigger class size ideology are examples of a cabinet that needs quite honestly to go back to school. The fact that we have senior politicians still grappling with climate change makes you wonder whether these citizens really should be going anywhere near the education of our youth.

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: And so it begins, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    He looks older in his cartoon picture. Still he probably would find the world of the 5 - 10 year old very different to his usual environment, and its fair to say these kids aren't gen x or y derivatives but students being prepared to face quite a changed playing feild and an increasing number of problems.

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  • Hard News: And so it begins, in reply to Jane Pearson,

    I hope any articles on teachers are written with some focus above the recent focus on the supposed self-interest of the teachers themselves. If he wants to destroy the collection process he surely could have done it another way. Oh well.

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: And so it begins, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I haven't read a lot of John Hartevelt but I haven't read anything to support that theory. It's hard to know with many of our journalists, maybe you know them personally but their writing personas are hardly stunning ,although I don't know much about the culture.

    The move to table this data with his name on it invites a negative perception. It actually is quite a pissy thing to do given the sensible arguements against pointless data comparison. Education is under attack to some extent across media and I'm sick of reading about ruthless, selfish teachers in N.Z media.. Bankers collapsed the economy not teachers. Teachers are delivering much more than most sectors.

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: And so it begins, in reply to DeepRed,

    In my school days violence was common, either in the fields or at the Headmaster's office. Our schooldays produced a generation that are looking to deliver an inferior way of life to our next generation. Our schooldays produced wild poetry such as "Hate fluff" and other classics.

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: And so it begins,

    John Hartevelt went to school a million years ago. These kids are different. I think fairfax news gatherers should spend some time considering why this new generation will be different from them,if they really feel pasionate about understanding education theory.

    The tables are a mess because students are all very unique. Ignorance parading as brave news reporting. Stats should be collected in a scientific way, if not ,they're not stats. The data is drawn from pools of incredible diversity and you need to define a population to use data as an instrument of measurement.

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media3 starts next week, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Of course, we need new political journalists, politics gets bigger every year in this fair land. We need to have political reporting in line with reality and not ideology. It's hard not to notice Paul Krugman destroying T.V opponents, the bar is being raised, in this country, by Brownie, you're doinng a great job Brownie. No other blogger commands more respect.

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media3 starts next week,

    The Newsguy they just can't kill. Well done.

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

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