Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: Campbell interviewed, in reply to Alfie,

    As I recall that didn’t go down well with station execs who didn’t think maori should expose wrong within maori organisations

    And given the example from mediaworks that capitalist right wing owned and managed TV stations shouldn't criticize capitalist right wing governments, they exercised their power

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3748 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Choose Wisely, Grasshopper:…, in reply to Dave Hansford,

    Any eagerness to be part of a Government is completely understandable

    What are you basing this on?

    I haven't seen a single thing from Mr Shaw indicating he plans to give up Green policy backbones simply to get a seat at the table (surely two seats or doesn't your female leader count?).

    If anything what he has said about climate change is (insultingly (and good on him for that)) suggesting that The Greens could help National develop a real climate change policy since they clearly have no clue themselves.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3748 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Choose Wisely, Grasshopper:…, in reply to Dave Hansford,

    Regarding the swing

    Dude you were worng. There was no swing towards the right. The data show a failure of left leaning voters to actually vote. That is actually important because it changes the approach that should be taken towards the next election.

    Failure to properly understand what happened will only lead to repetition.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3748 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Choose Wisely, Grasshopper:…, in reply to Dave Hansford,

    I have made no judgement whatsoever on James’ credentials, nor on what he has to offer the Greens. I most certainly do not “hate” his appointment, as someone has suggested.

    And yet when I read your post it sounded like a petulant rant from someone who didn't get the candidate they wanted.

    Whether you meant to give that impression is irrelevant because more than one reader got exactly that from your post.

    Goodness sake you Godwinned your own column! Raising the spectre of Nazi Germany in response to the election of ONE part of The Green leadership - drama queen much?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3748 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Not Uniform, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Are you saying I’m lying?

    Misguided?

    Or simply not allowed an opinion, based on experience?

    Of course you are allowed an opinion. However, based on my personal experience I don’t believe you are correct. In five years at such a school I saw no such “huge issues”.

    So no I won’t simply “believe you”

    Nor will I accept that uniforms have any power to reduce suicide or bullying. Frankly I think that is utter nonsense.

    If you want to address youth suicide do that. If you want to pretend a uniform is affecting youth depression and mental health then I’m going to suggest you look at countries where uniforms aren’t forced onto children and consider that if there was a causative relationship then you’d expect those countries to have a higher youth suicide rate. Good luck finding that relationship because those countries that treat their children more like adults would appear to have a better mental health record than New Zealand.

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  • Up Front: Not Uniform, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Believe me

    Nope I don't. Sorry but I went to such a school. There was angst but no more than my friends had who went to uniform schools.

    Perhaps we could trust kids to learn to cope with angst

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  • Up Front: Not Uniform, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    I have a whole other reason for supporting school uniforms that include trousers.

    If only they made warm clothes that weren't part of a uniform ... oh wait.

    As for angsting about "what to wear" - yeah some days it happened - sort like real life that we all have to learn sometime. Teasing about not wearing the right clothes - yeah I got teased about those red courds - I also got teased about my hair and my grades and my name and ... oh yeah everything. Uniforms had nothing to do with it.

    One thing that was true was you couldn't easily distinguish students from staff well except that staff were usually (not always) up front teaching in class. Apart from that our teachers were friends with whom we played sport after class. It was like they were humans too ...

    oh that's the point uniforms define students as less than human ...

    That's a really important lesson. Like learning to hate gays and have fights ... which BTW we didn't have at Green Bay high School when we were uniform-free and were treated like young adults.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3748 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Not Uniform,

    Wow that document reads like it was written by thoughtful, intelligent, experienced educators who consulted widely before coming up with the policy!

    Oh and I went to Green Bay High School when it was uniform-free. None of the claims made about lack of uniforms in schools were apparent to me in the time I went there. Frankly as far as I can tell most folks have been conned into paying the uniform industry relatively large amounts of money for no benefit to their children. But that was merely my experience.

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  • Hard News: Campbell interviewed, in reply to BenWilson,

    for all the complaint that management don’t know about the coalface, there is a dearth of people at the coalface who are actually prepared to stand up and become managers.

    While to be fair my rant was not entirely clear - that isn't the point I was making.

    Absolutely management is a skill and talented managers are valuable.

    BUT

    There is no reason why managers should always be at the top of the salary and decision making pyramid (or even that it be a pyramid at all).

    Why do we insist that managers make all the decisions? In very many cases they are least equiped to make the decision. Mark Weldon knows F all about journalism but he clearly was making a decision about what kind of journalism was good for mediaworks ... because he is the manager.

    That is an appallingly stupid situation and one that is replicated all over New Zealand.

    Even worse we actually have a small pool of quality managers in NZ to pull from so most organisations make do with very average managers ... and devolve all their decision making to those managers?!?!?!?

    As a consequence decision making in NZ organisations is almost always risk averse and dogma derived. It's unusual for it to be a catastrophically bad as at mediaworks (and I will stand by the bet that they will fail badly as a result of this decision) but it is mostly not what organisations really need in order to succeed.

    Should management be rewarded? Sure.
    Should it be rewarded more than what it is most time (doing chores)? No.
    Should they be rewarded more than the experts they manage? Hell no (unless they really are exceptional).

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  • Hard News: Campbell interviewed, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    good management is a thing

    Yup indeed. And rare.

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