Author Archives: Kelvin Smythe

Chris Hipkins is Peter Fraser to our time, Iona Holsted and Katrina Casey are our Clarence Beeby (can you hear the gods laughing?)

This posting starts off in one direction, only to head in, perhaps lurch to might be more accurate, another. But it is held together (hopefully) by my judgement that Chris Hipkins lacks depth of feeling veering to milksop, and my … Continue reading

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What I wrote last year about CoLs and salaries, don’t say I didn’t warn you (written some months ago)

(And just for your edification NZEI’s media yesterday’s release (17.05.18).) Get this straight: if National is returned, paying for the clusters will just about be it, and National will have another term saying clusters will solve everything (another three years … Continue reading

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My four changes to fix a broken primary school education system: you will only guess one of them

The primary school education system is broken – if change isn’t fundamental, it will be yet another betrayal of teachers and children. At the top we have Chris Hipkins. I have stopped issuing dire warnings about him because I recognise … Continue reading

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Dear Vice-Chancellors

Dear Vice-Chancellors The posting-letter you will receive, or have received, is a factual story of https://networkonnet.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/hatties-research-is-false-vice-chancellors-asked-to-investigate-part-1/ the Hattie saga typical of my communications to teachers over a number of years, paying special attention to those who bore the erroneous burden … Continue reading

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Hattie’s research is false: Vice-Chancellors asked to investigate Part 2

The falseness of Hattie’s research is not difficult to explain; only a few aspects are complex. But everything about Hattie’s research is false except for some opinions which, while they may be true, are also false, because he claims them … Continue reading

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Hattie’s research is false: Vice-Chancellors asked to investigate Part 1

5 April 2018                                                                            … Continue reading

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We’ve turned the classroom into a spaceship Part 2

It was interesting to listen and watch the reactions of the group members when choices had to be made from their own submissions. By trial, error, and much discussion we established a lay-out for the spaceship. This stage of the … Continue reading

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