Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Political palatability and…,

    Kirsty Johnston has a follow-up story today, which raises some very serious questions about how this school was dealt with – and whether there was political pressure to make the charter school programme look better than it was.

    This is significant stuff.

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  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…,

    What happens if you tell a bogan they are a public intellectual?

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  • Hard News: Political palatability and…,

    Radio NZ's report has more of the same denial and parent-blaming.

    Can you even imagine what Farrar and Slater would have to say about a conventional state school which constantly declared complaints were the parents' fault for just not understanding its methods?

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  • Hard News: Political palatability and…,

    It seems Mr Poole has some notoriety amongst reporters.

    Although he won’t answer serious and significant questions about his own schools, he’s quite fond of emailing reporters to diss competing schools.

    And, of course, he’s not shy about funnelling things through Whaleoil.

    Basically, this is fucking nuts. Serious and numerous complaints that bear on the welfare of vulnerable children, a mysterious teaching system with an uncertain connection to any concept of educational best practice … and Farrar and Slater on board as cheerleaders. Ugh.

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  • OnPoint: Don't put words in our mouths, Rob, in reply to simon g,

    What you’re (unsubtly) doing is taking cheap shots for views they don’t hold and haven’t expressed. As I’m sure you know.

    Indeed. There's been plenty of that sort of cheap self-indulgence on social media, but I have no use for it here.

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  • Hard News: Auckland: The songs of the city, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Careful what you wish for ID – you may be the perfect person to write this for AudioCulture. He’s on our priority list …

    I vote Ian!

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  • OnPoint: Don't put words in our mouths, Rob, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Barfoot’s have another problem – if the letter is authentic, that is;

    Yes, big if. Although you'd hope Garner would have taken some action to satisfy himself of that.

    The letter doesn't say offshore Chinese buyers either. The "despite official denials" part is weird – would a Barfoots agents say that? If it's real, it certainly cries out for follow-up.

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  • Hard News: Political palatability and…, in reply to David MacGregor,

    When you mention ‘cultural safety’ – what do you mean Russell?

    Among the schools' selling points is their support of te reo Maori and whanautanga. They don't seem to be delivering on those things.

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  • Speaker: Jim's Festival,

    Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

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  • OnPoint: Don't put words in our mouths, Rob, in reply to simon g,

    Not worried, just gleeful. Keep up the entertainment

    By posting racist cartoons? Oh sorry, that’s just your Kiwiblog …

    Given the day-in-day-out schadenfreude delivered by Kiwiblog comments over so many years, perhaps we should let David have his moment.

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