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Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most – ME Awareness Day, Monday May 12th

By   /  May 12, 2014  /  Allan Alach, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

ME Awareness Day – Monday May 12th – Allan Alach’s personal journey

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The Destruction of New Zealand’s Public Education

By   /  March 18, 2014  /  Allan Alach, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

National and its cronies are set on a path to destroy New Zealand’s public education at all levels. The privatisation process is on full speed ahead. We have six months to stop it.

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Welcome to National’s Brave New World of Education.

By   /  January 30, 2014  /  Allan Alach, Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

The summer political hiatus is clearly over, and education has been lined up by the National Party as the whipping boy yet again.

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Whatever it takes.

By   /  January 2, 2014  /  Allan Alach, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

So the crunch year has now arrived – the year where we must ensure the demise of the National led government. All else must be secondary to this.

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Why are teachers used as targets?

By   /  December 18, 2013  /  Allan Alach, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

I’m not sure, as things stand today, whether I’d encourage anyone to consider teaching as a career. Why should anyone want to paint a target on their chest so that ill informed politicians, media and others, can take pot shots?

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If PISA is the answer, what is the hell was the question?

By   /  December 5, 2013  /  Allan Alach, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Late on Tuesday evening, the results of the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests were officially released. The resulting rhetoric was very predictable.

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Rough and ready reflections on PISA test results.

By   /  December 4, 2013  /  Allan Alach, Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

The release of the PISA testing data has engendered the usual media and political hysteria. I’m working on a comprehensive article about PISA and all its failings, which will be posted tomorrow. However there are some quick and probably not too well researched comments that need to be made about the results.

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With ‘friends’ like these…..

By   /  November 21, 2013  /  Allan Alach, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

As I followed the online chatter (Twitter and blogs) about the tragic affair of the ‘Roastbusters’ I became increasingly disturbed by the descent into personal attacks and character assassinations, and that’s just from the ‘left.’

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The Return of She Who Must Be Obeyed

By   /  November 7, 2013  /  Allan Alach, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Having had her fingers slapped over her decision to merge Christchurch schools, Hekia Parata has wasted little time in stamping her foot and resuming the ‘consultation’ process.

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Eviscerating education through deliverology.

By   /  October 24, 2013  /  Allan Alach, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

the elimination of Learning Media opens the door for private enterprises to take over the provision of all education resources to New Zealand schools, including outfits such as Scholastic, McGraw Hill, News Corp and Pearson Group

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Random Reflections of a Rambler

By   /  October 10, 2013  /  Allan Alach, Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

My body has just returned from the UK; not quite sure where my brain is – seems it was delayed in transit. As a result I’m not completely up to speed with New Zealand issues, and so I thought I’d cover a range of observations that have occurred to me over the last month, influenced by my experiences in Britain.

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To glorify democracy and silence the people is a farce.

By   /  August 15, 2013  /  Allan Alach, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

The overall intention of the oppressors, as described by Friere, is to control the consciousness of the oppressed, to ensure that they accept the world as it is, to prevent them becoming aware of an alternative reality and therefore to minimise challenges to the dominance of the oppressors.

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Hey Hekia, aren’t you missing something?

By   /  August 2, 2013  /  Allan Alach, Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

So one child in five is not achieving? So New Zealand schools are failing children? So New Zealand teachers aren’t good enough (John Key 2011)?

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So what’s the truth, Hekia?

By   /  July 22, 2013  /  Allan Alach, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

I offer this warning to the people down under and beyond. This misguided emphasis is no more likely to work there than it has in the US—unless of course, New Zealand truly is “opposite land,” where hot snow falls up

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Education soap opera: ‘One in five: The phrase of our lives’

By   /  July 8, 2013  /  Allan Alach, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Funding schools on results leads to yet another overseas practice – closing schools with ‘poor’ national standards results, and replacing these with charter schools. And so the wheels turn on their way to a semi-privatised provision of schooling in New Zealand.

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More Bricks in the National Standards Wall.

By   /  June 24, 2013  /  Allan Alach, Deconstructing Headlines  /  3 Comments

How exciting – the first half of the 2012 national standards results have been released. Just as we expected, Hekia Parata tried to use these to prove the success of National in raising achievement. Empty words, based on a pile of effluent.

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