Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: If wishing made it so ...,

    Speaking as a plant developmental biologist ie not an expert.

    The target is probably achievable BUT the problem depends very much on figuring out why certain areas have high rates of infection. If the underlying cause is too little affordable housing then the only solution is building houses and spreading the families out a bit - I can't see an education policy doing that.

    But the problem might really be a simple lack of knowledge in those communities where incidence is high. If that is true then the policy may work IF and only IF they pay for people to go out in those communities and go house to house and talk to people.

    Getting these kinds of changes requires figuring out exactly where to put the effort, my feeling is that even the experts are making guesses as to what exactly might work - very well educated guesses - but they could be wrong. And at that point some public servants will get their pay cut.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving from frustration to disgust, in reply to tim kong,

    What Jackie said.

    Pay parity is, in my humble opinion, one of the key aspects of our NZ education system

    I happily sit corrected

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving from frustration to disgust, in reply to Scott Chris,

    is enhanced when presented in an objective way

    Scott you are mistaking numbers for information. It's a relatively common error especially when funding is dictated by people who spend their lives working with numbers.

    Your version of the statement actually conveys less information but it has numbers and hence can be summarized. Essentially if you want the information form the first version you need to read and process the information.

    I agree funding bodies generally are not good at that - hence the default to numbers. but I strongly disagree that the use of described informative English is in any way inferior nor does it diminish the reputation of the person giving it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving from frustration to disgust, in reply to DeepRed,

    Is there anything that can be done without being accused of PC gone mad?

    Yes, fund decile 1,2,3 and 4 schools so damn well that they can afford the best teachers and more of them so that the decile 10 school are no longer the only choice. Wait isn't that what we're trying to do now.

    Actually to hell with it why not fund ALL our schools so that they can afford the best trained teachers and lots of them so our next generation can have the proven advantages of high quality education.

    But that will cost money so we need to get the culture of paying taxes back into society.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving from frustration to disgust, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It isn’t particularly unusual for parents to have a choice of local schools – see Whoops’ comment above about having a choice of five – and indeed, that’s the only reason we’re having this debate.

    I don't know and I'd be happy to see data to the contrary, but my feeling is that most families in NZ have much less choice than you describe. It's only in the big cities that schools are close enough for families to be in range of more than one. Even then factors such as transport options limit the choice even further. As for moving house that really is only an option for a few.

    I don't begrudge that some families have choices what I am angry about is that for those with limited choices this government seems happy to allow their local school to be labelled by some muddle headed league table and then screwed over when those that do have a choice abandon the school.

    Frankly I'm upset by losing our assets but we'll survive that - if we lose our education system we lose our future.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving from frustration to disgust, in reply to Deborah,

    What she said :)

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  • Hard News: Moving from frustration to disgust, in reply to Russell Brown,

    but that doesn’t mean parents shouldn’t choose the school they think is best for their child.

    Except most parents won't be able to afford to do that. Sure if you can make that choice great, but it can't be such a big difference that those that can't afford the choice are penalized.

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  • Hard News: Moving from frustration to disgust, in reply to Richard Aston,

    My question is how do parents – and students – make informed choices about schools? What should we be doing, what would be meaningful rather than narrow?

    Wrong question.

    And I think this gets to the heart of the whole National Party ideology.

    In the past we (the people) worked really really hard to make sure that every single damn school was great. Now I know that some schools started with disadvantages compared to those in rich areas since they couldn't hit up the parents to provide extra servers and free trips to Spain. But that's why the decile system exists, so that schools in poor communities get more government funding.

    From National's perspective this sucks. It means that a kid from a poor family has every chance that we can possibly provide to succeed. Let me just pause to say that is one of things that made me proud of our country.

    Or to convert it into National idealogy - that there is no advantage to being filthy stinking obscenely disgustingly rich. And everyone (in the National Party) knows that being rich should, as of right, give you advantages.

    You shouldn't have to make a choice about the school you send you children to, they should ALL be good.

    That is what National is trying to destroy - the idea that ALL kids get to go to a really good school.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving from frustration to disgust, in reply to Euan Mason,

    I’m not convinced that the policy is motivated by profit.

    Yes and no. One overarching feature of this government is the idea that private (profit making) enterprise can do everything better than public governance. Education is just one example of that to this government. Performance in standardized tests is a good way for highly selective private schools to sell themselves.

    This may be a policy Key believes genuinely (or not), but it damn well makes someone a healthy profit.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving from frustration to disgust, in reply to Gareth Ward,

    4. ?
    5. PROFIT!

    4 Create charter schools

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

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