Posts by Sacha

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  • OnPoint: Updated: GST compensation: Can…,

    Oh, I doubt it. They still think they got a tax cut from them.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19164 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: What I saw at the step change.,

    He gets up there, stands alongside the mighty gun, pulls out a water pistol squeezes it and says: "I make no apologies for making a few of you a bit wet."

    Nice. Bernard Hickey also seems mighty unimpressed with the flaccid Key.

    He has finally shown his colours. He is a mediocre leader without the vision or the ability to change New Zealand. He is a seat-warmer who is too scared to scare the masses.

    He is saying he wants to get re-elected. How uninspiring. How pedestrian.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19164 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Standards Matter,

    no hopers in groups riding on the "success" of the others

    Learning how to cope with that dynamic is essential preparation for life and work. After all, our ambitious leader tells us:

    New Zealand simply can’t afford a future where 20 percent of our workforce does not have the skills necessary for modern jobs.

    ...

    This year National will progress the education reforms that are necessary to address underachievement in our schools, improve young New Zealanders’ job opportunities and drive improved educational performance across the board.

    We will implement a range of reforms to lift the performance of these schools, and ensure that where children need extra help they get it. This will include improving the training of our teachers, both in our training institutions and in professional development programmes; refocusing the tens of millions currently aimed at struggling students; and intervening more aggressively in schools which are consistently failing their students.

    Laughable in light of our conversation above. Punitive in tone and lacking in any concrete idea how to meet the aspirations cited. Genuinely modern job opportunities - and innovative export businesses - seem well beyond the imagination of the wallies in charge.

    And 'refocusing' extra assistance where?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19164 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Standards Matter,

    TL:DR (too long, didn't read)

    Always wondered what that meant. See, learning all the time..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19164 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Standards Matter,

    There's a time and place.

    I don't think it's all group work.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19164 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: We hold these truths to be self-evident,

    I feel almost compelled to link to a vindaloo recipe. Almost.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19164 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Standards Matter,

    It already is

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19164 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Standards Matter,

    Does the query imply that people have been commenting on the party policy without reading it?

    Perhaps assuming that the Ministry's policy is the same as Government policy is the same as what the National party sold to voters. Touching of us.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19164 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Standards Matter,

    Practically, unmoderated publishing of either individual results or aggregates can encourage changes in systemic behaviour that undermine learning outcomes. Excluding students who will reduce averages is one. Teaching to the test is another.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19164 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Standards Matter,

    Thanks for that, Hilary. Seems the Ministry is trying to make this work properly, though it's not them I'm worried about.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19164 posts Report Reply

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