This is not me thread-jacking but compare the destructive transparency and relentless scrutiny of schools with how the Police are treated.
“While national curriculums and tests have been introduced since 2000, results are not published, there are no league tables, and so schools are not constantly worried about their reputation. It is less target driven,”
From the Guardian:
P.S. You get the value of good editing when you try and put education in the title....
what it means is that you have to “go there”, as much as it hurts or confronts or shocks you, instead of sweeping the past under the carpet and let it rot there until it becomes toxic waste.
Anke, Emma -
Perhaps I should emphasise the flipside a little. Quite importantly those who are prepared to "go there" and take on such burdens and obstructions on behalf of others bring great hope that the future will be better. That matters.
If anything they probably see what’s been happening as nothing more than a harmless positive outcome for a favorite political party.
FTR. Appointed in 2007 Steve Tew is a pragmatist you could love to hate, but he is not a fool.
But of late one can only wonder how All Blacks management have allowed this politicisation to get quite out-of-hand.
As mentioned on these boards elsewhere, a characteristic of this most recent National govt has been a deep insidious politicisation throughout many areas of public service. Sport is not immune. A case study is the way in which contestable research funds for Sport (they were small but did exist) have been turned into funds for the assessment of SportNZ projects/goals. Not in itself all that evil until you confront some quite sinister micromanagement with respect to how results are reported. With the benefit of time i can say things were somewhat different before 2007.
It’s also the complete opposite of how many other sports do it, instead letting adults dead set on reliving the glory days of their youth run riot over the structure and organisation of kids and teens sport, leading to the exact kind of half-arsed results the All Blacks and NZ rowing have avoided. The miserable condition of NZ swimming is a prime example of this.
I don't think the arguments involving vicarious behaviours of parents are as straightforward as might appear. Historical participation data would strongly suggest that many parents lack meaningful knowledge with regard to the sports they are watching. The level of expertise demanded by modern sport is substantially different, even at school level which is a problem for coaches and parents. Unfortunately the discourses of commodified sport (think any given Sunday) fill a lot of the gaps, which matches very poorly with the experiences necessary to sustain and develop sport.
Don't don't start me....
Given the expensive hours required to produce, edit and review research; it is staggering that academics are encouraged to give it to people who then charge inflated, rorted prices for it.
"Winning sports records boost incumbents’ vote totals and likelihoods of reelection, exceeding in magnitude the effect of variation in unemployment. In contrast, sports records following elections display no such relationship."
A study found here.
I'm not sure if this is paywalled or not.
I await with interest any government response to a winning streak by the Ferns.
It is worth a hat-tip to the NZRU for their enlightened relationship with academia. They have funded research and PhD scholarships for at least ten years to my knowledge and possibly longer. Not only does this contribute to a world leading culture of sport research in NZ (which we do export). It seems to have shaped the way in which high performance sport has developed in NZ. I don’t happen to believe that all the research in itself has had direct benefits, but the culture it has created appears to be influential. Indeed it should come as no surprise that NZ Rowing has done the same thing and has achieved similar results.
That said it’s not all Roses, I would argue the biggest threat to sport in NZ is sport academies in schools. These in many cases have far exceeded their stated purpose, becoming a focal point for conflict between adult values and children's needs.
It weighs heavily on my mind as Mr. 7 has asked to join his friends in playing before school Rugby. My son made this choice on the basis of friendship, to date he has made no mention of wanting to be an AB.
As for leadership, this is gold and worth a read while it is still visible. I wonder what politicians amongst others could learn.
The left in Britain has a long and painful history of arguing that the voters don’t know what is good for them and will eventually see the light etc.