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Speaking of backing down...

Posted by Philip on 7 June 2012, 8:02 pm in , , ,

The Government has backed down on its ridiculous decision over education after 13 days. It might see fit to do the same about its equally stupid decision to continually appeal against its discrimination against family supporters of people experiencing disability, which it has been doing for nearly three years.

Perhaps Minister Ryall could have a cup of tea with Minister Parata. She could tell him it's ok to get it wrong.

No tape recorders please.

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Education Minister gets it wrong about performance pay for teachers

Posted by Philip on 17 May 2012, 8:30 am in , ,

Hekia Parata obviously hasn't read Freakonomics.

The education minister's decision to "introduce performance pay for teachers" has been proven in the US to cause corruption in teachers' marking habits.

In their book subtitled "the hidden side of everything," economist Steven D. Levitt and writer Stephen J. Dubner discuss a study that showed that increases in student achievement correlated to teachers deliberately fudging test marks. Like the NZ proposal, teacher pay was directly linked to higher student grades.

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Political policies I'd die for

Posted by Philip on 7 November 2011, 7:02 am in , , , ,

I remember saying once at a political forum I addressed as a comedian, "If I ever get into politics, someone shoot me." I still stand by that directive.

But were I to lose all reason for some reason and start, say, the Diversity New Zealand Party, here are some policy ideas I'd like to rabidly bark out in true politician style, before I received a bullet to the temple:

Health policy

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