Schools urged to go back to ‘chalk and talk’ teaching (UK)


MailOnline 15 December 2014 Schools are being urged to go back to ‘chalk and talk’ teaching that was once widespread in Britain – in order to reproduce the success the traditional methods now have in China. Education Minister Nick Gibb said having a teacher speak to the class as a whole from the front was […]

Labour MP drops euthanasia bill


NZ Herald 15 December 2014 A bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little. Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill before deciding whether to return it to the private members’ bill ballot. But Mr […]

Baby aborted because of ‘deformed’ left hand (Aust)

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Brisbane Times 12 December 2014 A NSW couple who fought to have their pregnancy terminated at 28 weeks after discovering the foetus had a physical abnormality has revealed the inconsistency and fear surrounding decisions over late-term abortion in NSW, where the procedure remains a criminal act, punishable by ten years jail. Mother-to-be Cindy was 23 weeks […]

Is Time Magazine wrong? Or have politicians misled us?

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Time Magazine is doing a feature on spanking (“smacking”) as the US debates the issue. As part of the coverage they include a chart entitled “How Other Countries Handle Spanking“. Note the description for NZ NZ became the first English-speaking country to fully prohibit corporal punishment in June 2007. Fully prohibit? That’s not what the […]

School tells 13y/o’s can have sex choose gender (US)


Fox News 10 December 2014 Students at one northern California high school are learning more than just the birds and the bees. Along with local area groups, some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge. […]

‘Lack of leadership’ over prostitution bylaw

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Stuff 11 December 2014 Community leaders are “bitterly disappointed” that a long-awaited street prostitution law has been scrapped by a parliamentary select committee. The Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill would have let Auckland Council make a bylaw banning street prostitution in specified areas. But instead the Local Government and […]

Setting the Record Straight on Perry Preschool


Brainwave Trust – Keryn O’Neill The attempts to use evidence when developing policy to enhance outcomes for New Zealand’s children are to be applauded. Research can certainly be a very useful tool in determining which of the multiple options facing Government are likely to effectively contribute to improved wellbeing for children. However, like the tools […]

Maori women lead assault statistics

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Stuff 10 December 2014 Maori women are more likely to become assault victims than other New Zealanders, police data shows. Recorded crime victim statistics, recently released by police, showed about one in five assault victims in the last four months was a Maori woman. Yet they make up just 7 per cent of the […]

On RNZ’s The Panel re Charities Commission

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Listen to ‘The Panel with Jonathan Krebs and Ella Henry (Part 2)’ on Radio New Zealand. Topics – The Charities Service is going to de-register the Family First lobby group as a charity. It says the organisation’s political views aren’t in the public interest. The Charities Service has specifications for political and legal activity for […]

Assisted suicide ‘a stepping stone’

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Stuff 1 December 2014 I know first-hand how painful it is to watch a loved one deteriorate and die. However, I feel frustrated by the emphasis the current assisted suicide debate puts on the terminally ill. Rhetoric about how the terminally ill need assisted dying is only a way to manipulate our emotions and […]