Support for widow's claims
Anihera Zhou Black's courageous exposure of the dark side of her late husband's life should be cheered for its selfless thoughts for those persons who have been irreparably damaged.
May those people find the courage to come forward to verify your claims. History tells us that there will an attempt to enfold Anihera in the cultural "cloak of silence". Know Anihera, that many people of all cultures send whirikoha (strength), pono (truth) and aroha (love) into your life.
Maureen J Anderson
Right to express views
Ian Lees-Galloway, Minister of Immigration, in announcing Southern/Molyneux have received visas to come to NZ, said: "INZ's decision in no way condones the views expressed by the pair, which are repugnant to this Government and run counter to the kind and tolerant values of the vast majority of New Zealanders." The minister is spot on.
Let these clowns say their piece and then correct them via civil discourse and a logical counter-argument. How else can one learn truth from error if a civil debate is not allowed – on any issue for that matter? It's not the Free Speech Coalition or Southern's supporters threatening violence but the "tolerant" Peace Action.
Last year both Bill English and Andrew Little said people should have the right to express "strong" views. If we, as a society, cannot engage in civil debate and have to resort to gender, race and age epithets, as Rosemary McLeod has done yesterday, we are truly on a downward spiral. I will not waste my time, money ... to see this pair, either live or on YouTube – but if I want to that is my right, regardless of what anyone thinks.
Science of learning
The reason why charter schools have sprung into being, in my opinion, is simply because teachers and the general public know very little about learning per se. Okay, so they know plenty about the mythology of teaching, but nothing about the science of learning.
No, this isn't some half-baked theory I'm giving you, this is all evidence-based stuff and moreover, it works brilliantly, in my view. I'm just trying to update facts that have needed updating since they were first introduced as the how-to of teaching back in the 1920s.
So the spending that is currently being used on charter schools ought to be put to use developing Bobbie maths.