Author Archives: Kelvin Smythe

What has apparently happened at Wairoa College (and the like at other schools) should never happen again

Part 1 I am calling for a parliamentary committee of inquiry to investigate what followed Chris Allen’s appointment as principal to Wairoa College in June, 2015, and alleged subsequent actions and behaviour towards him. Chris Allen has now left New … Continue reading

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The writers of the draft digital technologies have pulled a swift one

The writers of the document have taken over the purposes of education and this without any real consultation – I dismiss the validity of the discussion to come: one of the reasons is that the writers have been dishonest. The … Continue reading

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Attack! 117 The Halfmen of O used to full measure

Welcome to ATTACK!  ATTACK! is a two-page occasional publication giving attention to the curriculum – the holistic curriculum. ATTACK! is for you, also to introduce to your colleagues. Each issue will be restricted to two pages. A cover graphic for a file or … Continue reading

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NZEI betrayal again: this time computers

I was part way through a second posting alert about NZEI betrayal over CoLs and I said there was something sinister about NZEI and its behaviour generally. Then the computer madness struck. The following is written hastily and in a … Continue reading

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Attack! 116 … and the rabbit bobs past!

Welcome to ATTACK!  ATTACK! is a two-page occasional publication giving attention to the curriculum – the holistic curriculum. ATTACK! is for you, also to introduce to your colleagues. Each issue will be restricted to two pages. A cover graphic for a file or … Continue reading

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Attack! 115 Some school years in the golden weather

Welcome to ATTACK!  ATTACK! is a two-page occasional publication giving attention to the curriculum – the holistic curriculum. ATTACK! is for you, also to introduce to your colleagues. Each issue will be restricted to two pages. A cover graphic for a file or … Continue reading

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This is the moment for decisive action against CoLs Part 3

[1988, kitchen table, scratching away with a pen, and for some reason I get on to collaboration.] [This is just a post-note to Parts 1 and 2. I cannot remember what occasioned it. I don’t know whether it was some … Continue reading

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