have often wondered whether it had an influence
Over 10,000km, the short answer has to be, no.
Not that that ever stops parents worrying :-/
(For comparison: I was 300km from Fukushima in 2011 … fielding calls from my parents in which I had to point out that hopping on a flight back to NZ would expose me to more additional radiation than staying a year in Tokyo.)
A motorist is just a more rapid wanker, innit.
So is Hooton the fool shilling, or not?
I/S answers that question pretty clearly:
Its another National spam bill, containing a trivial provision presumably plucked from the Statutes Amendment Bill pile, designed purely to fill a ballot slot and prevent something more substantive from being drawn. Another example of how National abuses the Parliamentary process to undermine our democracy.
As for how to deal with it, seeking leave to add it to the Statutes Amendment Bill is probably the way to go. Alternatively, threatening to veto every SAB provision unless the bullshit bills are withdrawn might help.
So whether that makes it less a mission to Mars and more a hiding to nothing depends on the people making the decisions.
*Looks at headlines* ... Yeah, I wouldn't be too optimistic either.
much more option to mix and match
"More options", here as in healthcare and every other domain, just means more options for the already privileged, coming at the expense of an adequately funded national system. Bugger that.
Just another way of getting high?
it takes an enormous amount of work to prepare distance materials, far more so than preparing internal courses
Absolutely – for one thing, you have to parse everything in minute detail for possible miscommunication, as there’s no chance to clear up ambiguities or errors. One of the courses I’m currently teaching has both physical and online students. I try to cover all the material ‘live’ in class before sending it online, so that the online students can also get an account of the in-class discussion. But essentially it means doing everything twice over.
For students, well… it depends. It depends a lot on whether the student has people or forums available for interactive discussion. Homeschooling can work well for some students, but either the student has to be incredibly motivated to follow up ideas themselves, and/or the parents have to be well-educated and involved.
* wreaks of > reeks of
(Language errors are kind of inevitable when writing on education :-/
Still not quite as embarrassing as Parata’s incompetence, though.)
But it's his drug of choice, so of course that's different.