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National Standards Scandal
Posted 3 February, 2010
State teachers crusade dogmatically to obscure public accountability while the state demostrates incompetence in articulating standards. It ought to be an uncontestable expectation that teachers demonstrate they are meeting clearly defined standards ~ instead teachers are doing everything they can to avoid public accountability. At the same time the state's published standards, shaped by the teachers themselves, are meaningless and deceptive.
Time to Shut-Down Robber Council
Posted 3 March 2010
The announcement of an 80% increase in fees to cover uncontrolled spending bythe Teachers Council brings a focus back on this useless quango. The Council was set up with the aim of bringing teachers under state control with no greater purpose than forcing conformity. At the time we were lied to: we were told it would stop paedophiles being employed (it hasn't) and improve standards of teaching (which the ERO says hasn't happened either).
A Showtrial of Children for Being Naughty
Posted 9 June 2010
Sociology Professor Frank Furedi condemns the conviction of two boys for attempted rape as not only a travesty of justice - it also exposes society’s screwed-up attitude towards childhood. It exposes the insidious consequences of the disintegration of adult control over children. Punishment has become a dirty word in child-rearing manuals, smacking has become stigmatised, and parents who raise their voices to their children are denounced for being ‘emotionally abusive’. The flipside is a new reliance on formal processes to compensate for the loss of adult authority. Through such a showtrial, the prosecution can pretend that it is punishing individuals who are ‘criminally responsible’ rather than admitting what it is really doing: disciplining children. The aim was not just to punish the so-called offenders but to send a message to a wider audience.
Most Children Experience Bad Internet
Posted 18 June 2010
The Norton Online Family Report reveals nearly 2/3rds of children aged 8-17 have experienced bad internet such as seeing nude or violent images, been approached inappropriately or downloaded viruses and as a result have been upset, frightened or angry. The Report identifies good parenting as the most essential component in protecting and guiding children. "children actually want more parental involvement in their online lives." (Although the report unashamedly promotes Norton software, we recommend all parents and teachers read it and review the guidance they give children.)
The End of Men
Posted 23 June, 2010
It is reported men are now falling behind women in almost every sector of cultural influence, employment, education and economic power. Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, argues that an article in the 22 June 2010 issue of The Atlantic, demands close attention: “These trends represent nothing less than a collapse of male responsibility, leadership, and expectations. The real issue here is not the end of men, but the disappearance of manhood.”
Butterflies and the End of Science Teaching
Posted 17 July, 2010
The new National Curriculum is designed to change science courses from learning about things to learning what science does. From lessons in butterflies children will know nothing of butterflies but will know that science studies butterflies. There are no facts and no individuals in the National Curriculum, only group experience, and children who have personal integrity and knowledge apart from the group are being expunged from classrooms and ultimately from the community.
Routines Help Children Avoid Anxiety
Posted 7 August 2010
Keeping young children on a stable schedule of activities - with consistent wake and sleep times, regular play periods and reliable intervals between meals - can make them less anxious about new situations and environments as they grow older. Timothy Monk at the University of Pittsburgh. Monk asked the parents of 59 1-month-old babies to document when they performed specific tasks, such as feeding, changing, playing with and comforting their infants. Over the next 13 years, the parents answered periodic questionnaires about their children’s developing mental state, including how often they cried or felt fearful about new situations in school.
Monk found that babies who had more dependable routines at 1 month were less likely to be anxious at age 10. He thinks the reason may have to do with both physiological factors - like the levels of the hormones cortisol and melatonin, which help regulate sleep and eating - and environmentally influenced ones like sociability, which is encouraged in children who feel secure in their daily routines and interactions with their parents.
The Real Meaning of critical Thinking
Posted 9 September 2010
Most parents and teachers still believe that critical thinking refers to factual, logical thinking. They have been misled. School fliers explain that it means teaching students "to think for themselves". It actually means the opposite; it's a psychological strategy for dismantling old beliefs and values and instilling new ones by limiting factual knowledge while encouraging myths, imagination, and group synthesis. Since it trades the traditional broad knowledge base for selected information that supports the new ideology, most students can easily be manipulated toward the preplanned outcomes. [from Berit Kjos' challenging read Brave New Schools]
Minister Encouraged to Protect Private Schools
Posted 2 March 2011
When the Associate Minister of education, the Hon Mr Rodney Hide visited Carey College in March, Principal Mr Drake addressed the school’s concern that the freedom it had to operate for the benefit of children and the community is potentially under threat. He told the Minister, “We are under constant pressure from the state to conform to the state’s failing model of teaching. Diversity and freedom of parental choice are fundamental to education in a democracy, but increasing intrusion by the state is threatening that freedom.”
Among issues the school highlighted for the Minister is the despotic requirement for its teachers to be trained in the state’s favoured methods and content. The school is legally entitled to teach by different methods. It is legally free teach a curriculum that is demonstrably at least as successful as anything the state is offering. Yet the Teachers Council will only register teachers who conform to its own narrow ideology.
Mr Drake expressed the thanks of the school for the protection of choice in education given by the Government and the Minister in particular. However, he also expressed its grave concerns about the future.
“Schools like ours are already experiencing pressure to conform from many state officials,” Mr Drake says. “They want us to abandon our Christian convictions and stop being different.”
Mr Drake drew the Minister’s attention to a number recent changes in the Education Act that could be used by officials to abuse private schools. He thanked the Minister for the assurances the Government has made that such powers would not be used wrongly. “But we all know that where such powers exist they can be corrupted,” said Mr Drake.
The school presented the Minister with a submission contending, “It is of the essence of a democratic government to trust and protect its citizens and mistrust and constrain its officials; whereas it is of the essence of a totalitarian state to trust and protect its officials and mistrust and constrain its citizens.”
“Yet,” Mr Drake told the Minister, “The Education Act gives officials unrestrained powers over otherwise free citizens. While such powers have not yet been used, the potential now exists in our law for citizens’ rights to be completely overthrown.”
Some parts of the Act, the school’s submission pointed out, have “No requirement for evidence, no due process, no guidance required, and no restraints imposed.”
“It is our hope that the more that is known about these issues by people who, like the Minister, are committed to a safe democracy,” said Mr Drake, “the more likely it is that protection of our freedoms will become entrenched in both legislation and our national culture.”
Shocking! Families Abused by CYFS, the Police & Parliament
Posted 20 July 2011
My Mummy's a Criminal is a video everyone who cares about children and families needs to watch. It looks like a report from a police state. But it's about New Zealand children ripped from parents; good parents branded as criminals; families destroyed. This is happening with the consent of Parliament, led by the Prime Minister who promised it wouldn't happen. This is the Prime Minister who said that if it did happen he would change the law. It has happened, it is happening, and the Prime Minister and Parliament aren't lifting a finger to fix it. A litany of lies, deceit and propaganda is being pumped to the public to make it appear this is right. Well it isn't!
Like us, you are probably skeptical about people claiming they have been abused by those in power we trust: our police, our social workers and our lawmakers. But the measured, clear comments by Dr Richard Ekins dispel any hint that this video is mistaken. Dr Ekins, a specialist in legislation on the academic staff of the Law Faculty at the University of Auckland, says, "Good parents, those who lightly smack their children, are already being criminalised.” And it doesn’t even take a smack to have your children taken from you: a false accusation, a lie, a social worker’s unsubstantiated prejudice, is all it takes.
This is happening in families near you … it could happen in your family without warning and without you doing anything wrong at all. Don't think that if you are found not guilty in Court your nightmare will be over: the innocent don't get their children back. Watch the video. Share it. Go to every MP you can contact with the message: this must change. And pray: our families and our children are under attack
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