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Questionable schools experiment
Education is a minefield for
This year, the Key Govern-
ment learned the hard way to
avoid promoting policies that
voters feel will directly affect their
It backed down, for instance,
from increasing class sizes, which
was a foolhardy idea that Treas-
ury had somehow managed to sell
to Education Minister Hekia
On the other hand, the Govern-
ment is gambling that it can get
away with antagonising teachers,
principals and school boards, so
long as it keeps parents on side.
However shortsightedly, the
public seems to have treated
national standards, for example,
as something that mainly affects
teachers, not children.
Similarly, the pilot programme
on charter schools has so far failed
to generate much heat among the
general public -- perhaps because
voters are treating it is as some-
thing more likely to affect other
peoples children, and not their
However, the first real stirrings
of public concern were sparked by
last week s headlines that
unqualified teachers would be
allowed to teach at charter
The contradiction that trades-
men need to be trained and regis-
tered while people who teach chil-
dren in taxpayer-funded charter
schools will require no training at
all, has begun to resonate. If one
can take online polls and com-
ments as somewhat indicative of
the public mood. Tellingly, the
best private schools do not hire
It is not surprising the public
has taken a while to get to grips
with this issue.
Last year, the charter schools
idea suddenly emerged from the
post-election deal that the Gov-
ernment struck with the ACT
party. It has never received a
mandate from voters, who were
never told during the election
campaign that it was a serious
The first charter schools will
open in 2014. They will be based
on United States models that offer
more flexibility in governance,
curricula, working hours and pay
rates than ordinary state schools.
To critics, they are an ideologi-
cal solution to a largely non-
existent problem, given that since
the introduction of Tomorrow s
Schools in 1988, New Zealand
already has the most de-
centralised form of school govern-
ance in the developed world.
Although not perfect, our edu-
cation system also rates highly in
performance, at fifth in the entire
OECD. Arguably, the residual
problems in our school system
could be better treated by pump-
ing the funds currently being ear-
marked for the charter schools
experiment, into state schooling.
Judging by US evidence, only
those at the very top and the very
bottom of the social ladder tend to
benefit from charter schools.
The wealthy can afford to equip
their charter schools and cherry
pick the students (they tend to
exclude special needs and prob-
lem children at a higher rate
than state schools) in a way that
almost guarantees they will per-
form better on league tables.
Similarly, the poor get to form
their own politically or religiously
defined charter schools. ot sur-
prisingly, Destiny Church has
already declared an interest in
accessing the charter schools pool
Ultimately, there is a risk of
atomising the state school system,
along lines familiar in the US.
In the name of compensating for
social inequality, charter schools
appear just as likely to accentuate
it. The political risk for the Gov-
ernment lies in how quickly the
public come to judge the current
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In the past, we have never been
affected by train noise, in fact, we
didn t ever hear the noise.
Since the new trains have come
in, the noise is terrible. When
trains are going north, the
screeching starts soon after the
train leaves Ngaio station and
lasts for what seems an eternity.
Then the train brakes, make
another screeching noise.
I have a home-based office and
there are some days when the
train noise just gets me down and
I feel I have had enough.
Kiwi Rail or Tranz Metro need
to sort it and, in my mind, ought
to have done so before the trains
were introduced in the first place.
I would like to congratulate
Joseph Romanos (Sports Talk) on
his review on "A hard day s night
for London 2012 .
It must have been a sad sight to
see Paul McCartney desperately
trying to cling to his youth and
Muhammad Ali not even able to
Yes, I hope the athletes learned
something from looking at Ali:
They should train hard and
strive to win, even more
importantly they should enjoy
their youth, their time in the sun.
I think boxing is a very violent
sport, as is rugby. I would say
rugby is legalised violence.
Do we know how many spinal
and other injuries follow matches?
They do some yoga stretches in
their training, but this is not
enough. As you say you never
know what s around the corner.
All I know is that life goes on in
some way or another. Tania Dyett,
As visitors to Wellington over the
last the weeks, may we say how
much we have enjoyed our stay in
your city -- great place, great
shopping, friendly people.
We have one observation that
we d like to make and that is
concerning noise pollution. We
have been staying in a hotel
opposite the university
accommodation along The Terrace
and we, and presumably many of
the students, have regularly been
woken in the early hours of the
morning on most days of the week
by rubbish trucks collecting and
The loud crashing of bins and
roar of machinery and truck
engines, together with powerful
lighting occurs at 3am, 4am and
5am to 6am.
A variety of companies,
including TransPacific Waste and
Daily Waste, have their trucks
operating in The Terrace during
these early hours making a very
high volume of noise and it seems
there is a total disregard for
people living on The Terrace and
that the majority of us endeavour
to sleep at night.
Do they have to operate at these
hours? Are they allowed to make
so much noise that it wakes
people during normal sleeping
It s a big turn off to us booking
another stay in the city -- it s bad
news for hotels like Quest on
Lambton as it may attract bad
travellers reviews despite them
providing an excellent service in
JOHN AND MARY LUCIONI
We recently bought a house in
Wadestown above the
Johnsonville train line and are
awakened at 6am by the
screeching sound of the trains.
Glad to read that others are
complaining and we hope the
problem gets solved.WENDY JOYCE,
I write in reply to H Westfold (A
sonnet or an ode? August 2).
Mr Westfold states that my
sonnet to Peter Dunne is not a
sonnet, because it does not have
My original sonnet did have 14
lines but, as stated in my July 19
post script, I sold the third verse
to a mum and dad investor.
Despite their reassurances at
the time of sale, said mum and
dad have already on-sold the
verse to an American corporation
who, under the Trans Pacific
Poetry Agreement (TPPA), are
They want me to change the
second verse to attack Mr Dunne
in a rather unfair way.
I am refusing, but cannot match
their legal resources. I shouldn t
have sold verse three. In the
pursuit of a quick buck I have lost
control of the entire sonnet (or
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Samuelle: If you want the
convenience of living close to
the train line, then you have to
put up with the inconveniences
of it. I live five mins from Welly
train station; I should know.
Bobby: Come on, the old
trains made a horrible graunch
when they stopped. People
should get used to it or move
away, maybe they could try
magnetic levitation trains with
a super loud horn as you will
never hear it coming.
Rachael: I don t have a
problem with the noise from the
new trains and I live in
Johnsonville close to the line!
Never hear them at all -- maybe
I am deaf! I notice that it is
Khandallah people that have
HR: Mr McKinnon I am so
frustrated. The airport was told
that congestion would happen
when it made Stewart Duff Dr
one way, and it said there
would not be a problem.
Now it says we need these
measures. How will these
measures reduce congestion?
This is just a sound bite that
takes no account of the reality
of the situation.
Please speak up for those of
us who use the thoroughfare
regularly instead of this clever
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