Posts by Ianmac

  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    As for the lower grades allocated to these quota seats; this is simply a recognition that most Māori come from lower socio-economic areas and we know, from the statistics, that grades on average are lower across the board in lower socio-economic areas.

    This is to improve the <b> entry</b> into those special courses. The pass rate once in, has just as high a standard regardless of race.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Now win the argument,

    Associate Professor John O'Neill, of Massey University's Institute of Education, said the Labour Party's proposal to cut school class sizes if elected in September would not achieve much without changes to teaching itself.

    So true. This does not mean that smaller classes are not important. It means that a smaller number allows better targeted learning to take place and for the isolated underachievers lost in a big class can get better support from peer tutoring and better feedback from teachers.
    Note that Private Schools with 18 per class and Charter Schools with the same, do so with clear evidence on their side.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Hope and Wire,

    Against the tide but I think it was pretty good. The lasting image of chaos and of this bringing out the best and the worst in people and of ordinary people making some sort of sense resonates with me. The subject was so huge and had the writers narrowed the scope to focus on just a few characters would have distracted from the diversity and the size of the calamity. The bad people carried on taking advantage of the lapse of security and family dynamics still disrupted because or in spite of the earthquake, and authorities did their best to establish order.
    In short the program was unsettling but I will watch the other two episodes whilst I suppose those who are so critical will be watching something else.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Decidedly Undecided,

    Maybe the high number of undecideds suggest that we should take poll result with a large spoonful of salt?
    How about the proposition that the number of National supporters in most polls stayed about the same over 6 years or more? Therefore, if this is so, the apparent rise of National support arround 50%+ is a statistical anomaly.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Labour's Fiscal Plan:…,

    A weird Joyce being Joyceless and blustery. It almost sounded as though they are worried.
    I wonder if the twists and turns of the English response will be highlighted as much as the Cunliffe dolphin switch?

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Radio New Zealand: changing…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    That’s just ever so slightly condescending there, Ianmac.

    Not meant to be Craig. Great believer in freedom of choice. Just hope that programs such as Morning Report does not sacrifice content in order to make it more popular.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Radio New Zealand: changing…,

    The need for Radio New Zealand to increase both the size and diversity of its audience is emphasised throughout the material distributed to staff.

    Hope that doesn't mean that news programs like Morning Report slip into frothy stuff to appeal to frothy people who love to hear about the Royal family doings and what celebrities eat, in order to widen the audience. National Radio has a wide range of topics now, like Rural Report, World News, Nine to Noon, The Panel, Morning Report etc. Pretty diverse.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A win for Jai and Jim,

    Funny that such a short film can capture me and compel me to watch to the end. So many levels. Great and I will look at my sock collection with more respect!

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Surely Mr Cunliffe could have signed the letter without ever meeting the man? Office process would have an electorate Secretary processing the request of many constituents and DC signing. (Although at that time Mr Liu was not a constituent of anywhere in NZ.)

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Letter,

    My guess is that in a day or so someone will "discover" a photo of Mr Cunliffe and Mr Liu in the same place at the same time. This will be "proof" that the two were known to each other and had met. Therefore DC must be not telling the truth. Of course MPs meet heaps of people all the time without knowing who they are but if Labour is a threat....

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

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