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Auckland Uni Sacks Staff Member for Trying to Shake Hands with Muslim Student (plus Tweets)

Things are slightly better today. We won the fourth one-dayer (cricket) against England yesterday! It was a really exciting game. Ross Taylor was amazing – back to his best. His outstanding performance makes him every Kiwi cricket fan’s hero today. I’ve put several tweets on his feat in the “Sports Tweets” below. So there’s a veneer of happiness in my life for a little... read more

Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Inspire Confidence in the Future of US Education

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary. I concluded K-12 education in the United States was going to get worse. (K = kindergarten; 12 = year 12.) DeVos’s confirmation hearing occurred this week, and I’m now even more concerned about the situation in that country than before. Full questioning of DeVos was prevented by the Republican... read more

Another Egregious Headline From Breitbart

I frequently notice the difference between New Zealand media and the media in the United States. There’s plenty of lying for Jesus here, but the media is largely free of it. On the whole, our media don’t deliberately lie to push a certain point of view. We’re lucky to have a media that is largely genuinely fair and balanced. We don’t have outlets like Fox News, MSNBC, Breitbart, or... read more

Has the USA Education System Been Set-Up to Fail?

I have to say up front that I have no expertise whatsoever in the field of education. This post is just a comment on what looks to me like a disaster waiting to happen. If anyone can give me evidence that my instinct is wrong, I’ll be glad to hear it. From an outsider’s point of view, pre-tertiary education in the US hasn’t looked that great for a while. They’ve been slipping down... read more

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