Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Brownlee Announces Housing Plan for Christchuch

Minister for Earthquake Recovery and local Christchurch MP Gerry Brownlee has announced an exciting new housing plan for Christchurch people struggling to find housing since the earthquakes.

The National Party stalwart, long-time advocate for market rentals and part-time meat connoisseur says at the end of the current school year there will be plenty of buildings on Ministry of Education land that will be freed up to offer to renters.

There has been a real shortage of good quality rentals in the city for some time now,” Brownlee said while showing reporters around and empty padder-tennis court in South Beach.

“I’ve been into hundreds of classrooms over the years,” said Brownlee, “and many large windows which offer wonderful floor to ceiling glass walls giving excellent outlook to the surrounding countryside and toilet block.”

Brownlee is adamant the plan will fill an immediate need. He says that it’s important that people take advantage of this offer because it won’t be around forever pointing to a nearby studio apartment.

“Take this one here, Apartment Room 1,” said Brownlee, “here you’ve got unique studio living with carefully chosen white plastic siding along one wall which is perfect for constructing those enormous pre-Christmas shopping lists.”

Brownlee was also very keen to point out the superb kitchenette area with stylish componentry and easy under-sink access to a years supply of jovis and PVA glue. He was also quick to point out the 1500 square metres of off-street parking between the hall and Apartment Room 7.

Brownlee concluded his tour saying it was an excited opportunity in a lower to mid-decile street was worthy of our immediate attention.

Why Early Childhood Education Is So Important

Here’s a beautiful little video I watched today. It outlines why early childhood education is so important for our young people. It’s not just, as John Key tends to think, daycare for working kiwi mumĀ and dads attempting to earn all that money for share floats.

If you are a kiwi mum or dad you need to start getting active and finding out what our National overlords wish to do to the education of your children. This video is a great start. There will be more to come soon.

As the video says, all kids deserve the best start.

Mr B

Pasi Talking Competition in Teaching

Here’s a video of Finnish educational expert Pasi Salhberg talking about collaboration vs competition. It’s interesting he mentions a ‘conspiracy.’

ACT Announce School in Schools Policy

Hard on the heels of coalition big brother National announcing a new Food in Schools programme today, the ACT Party has announced a groundbreaking education policy.

John Banks, Leader of the Least Popular Party Except for United Future, says the brand-new education policy is giving something back to kiwi children.

“Too many children attend a school where no schooling happens,” Mr Banks told a massive crowd of 7 at a special ACT breakfast.

Banks told the crowd of over 5 that he’d recently been to schools where teachers were spending their mornings feeding hungry kids rather than planning lessons, dusting blackboards or sharpening chalk.

“It’s a sad world when a child turns up to school and all they do is eat breakfast supplied by a religious charity or a dairy giant.”

Mr Banks went on to tell the packed lounge-room he was certain if kids turned up to school to attend school, rather than eat breakfast, learning outcomes would improve for our most vulnerable.

The School in Schools plan, announced to the heaving throng, would bring learning back to schools. Banks says teachers need to be teaching and not dipping into their own pockets to pay for sandwiches or taking kids on trips to the observatory or whatever.

“Back in my day,” said Banks, “everyone went to school and were schooled. Nowadays I’d be surprised if any child leaves school with any schooling at all.

“That’s why we’re so excited about bringing in this exciting new School in Schools development.”

Banks told the surging congregation School in Schools would see billions of kiwi children leaving school each day with schooling in their brains and smiles on their faces.

“It’s like Christmas, but with fewer presents, and more maths and stuff.”

The gathering finished with Mrs Banks making everyone a cup of tea and handing around a delicious plate of Krispies.

Open Letter to Parliament regarding charter schools

This could be renamed, “Open Letter to the Maori Party.” It’s good to see Maori academics signing their names to it. More pressure from everyone please.

http://saveourschoolsnz.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/open-letter-to-parliament-regarding-charter-schools/