The Dim-Post

September 9, 2012

Quote of the day, nit-picking edition

Filed under: education — danylmc @ 6:31 pm

We won’t agree to National’s plan to set up Charter Schools – funded with taxpayer dollars – whether they’re run by Brian Tamaki the Maharishi yogi, or whoever.

From Shearer’s education speech. The Maharishi is funny, but also a bit dated. I would have said Scientologists.

Update: Apparently the Transcendental Mediation crew were trying to set up a charter school. How did I miss that?

13 Comments »

  1. Absolutely agree about the Scientologists.

    Would Leninist and Sharia charter schools still be approved?

    Comment by DeepRed — September 9, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

  2. It was a good speech and and well received by those present. Shearer spoke easily and gives lie to those that claim he doesn’t have passion.
    He can also speak reasonable English that we could understand unlike certain other party leaders.
    All in all it made me feel hopeful.

    Comment by Ron — September 9, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

  3. There is an integrated Muslim school in Auckland. There is one integrated jewish school in wellington, though about to close. There are all sorts of looney christian ones all over the country. The world hasn’t ended. it wouldn’t end with a Scientology one.

    Comment by insider — September 9, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

  4. Seems a little inflexible. It may well be an ACT initiative but it could be judged on a case by case basis. Devolution of State power to communities etc.

    School meals and extending reading recovery sound like good ideas.

    Comment by NeilM — September 9, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  5. Do you mean ‘meditation’?

    Comment by Polyphemus — September 9, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

  6. School report cards – national standards in sheeps clothing.

    Shearer should be greatful to national for lowering expectations to such an extent that he can offer school lunches as a major policy initiative for economic recovery.

    Comment by NeilM — September 10, 2012 @ 1:18 am

  7. “… he can offer school lunches as a major policy initiative for economic recovery…”

    Really? I thought it was a speech about education, not the economy. Maybe you ought to go and look up “education” and “economy” in the dictionary and wonder at the revelation you’ll have.

    Comment by Sanctuary — September 10, 2012 @ 7:56 am

  8. I wonder at what point bizarre cults become traditional religions and worthy of respect?

    Ordo Templi Orientis / People’s Temple / Scientology / Destiny | Baptism / Presbyterianism / Catholicism / Anglicanism

    It’s a bit of an arbitrary line.

    Comment by Rich d'Rich (@rich_d_rich) — September 10, 2012 @ 8:52 am

  9. approving a jedi charter school may well be a significant vote winner though

    Comment by amc32 — September 10, 2012 @ 9:12 am

  10. Transcendental Mediation.

    I’ll take some of that.

    Comment by Gregor W — September 10, 2012 @ 10:02 am

  11. @Rich I went to catholic school and in the RE curriculum they have a whole module about sects and cults, featuring the most delightfully convenient distinctions. (can’t find intertubes links sorry).

    Comment by Chris Bull — September 10, 2012 @ 10:07 am

  12. National are only bringing charter schools in because John Key wants to teach banking after he leaves politics

    Comment by Dan — September 10, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

  13. We won’t agree to National’s plan to set up Charter Schools – funded with taxpayer dollars – whether they’re run by Brian Tamaki the Maharishi yogi, or whoever.

    With Tuhoe looking at setting up not one but three charter schools, closely following on from National negotiating the Te Urewera settlement, that might place Labour in an awkward position.

    Comment by NeilM — September 13, 2012 @ 1:15 am


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