Michael Neill: Humanities in peril as universities wind down studies

OPINION It all began in New Zealand with Rogernomics, the neo-liberal transformation of the economy in the late 1980s. For true believers in this now discredited doctrine, education was “a business like any other”, subject like the private sector to top-down managerial efficiencies. Primary and secondary education, they said, was a “public good”, and therefore to be funded by the […]

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‘Uncomfortable’: Top cop has fishing boat called ‘Dawn Raid’

Northland police district commander superintendent Tony Hill says he is “uncomfortable” having a fishing boat called Dawn Raid and is changing its name. The Prime Minister has announced that an apology will be made to New Zealand’s Pasifika communities for the dawn raids that targeted those communities between 1974 and 1976. Hill said: “After the dawn raids issue came into […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Schools being targeted by anti-vaxers

The Ministry of Education has warned schools that several are being targeted by opponents of the national vaccination programme for Covid-19. Regular bulletins published for school leaders have had to address misinformation since March last year. The June update, however, specifies the department is aware of reports some influential leaders such as principals were opposing vaccination. “Individual principals may choose […]

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University of Colorado presidential search: How can CU create a less divisive process?

From the University of Colorado’s “rushed” introduction of Mark Kennedy onward, controversy swirled around his selection as CU’s president in 2019 and subsequent leadership of the four-campus, multibillion-dollar state university system. A presidential search process cloaked in secrecy led to the unveiling of Kennedy as the sole finalist, with the former Republican congressman’s introduction clouded by opposition to his voting […]

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How Colorado schools are helping teenagers get the COVID vaccine

This week, the federal Centers for Disease Control opened vaccine eligibility to children aged 12 to 15, clearing the way for most middle and high school students to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Children in that age group drove an increase in cases in April and a corresponding increase in school outbreaks and quarantines. Getting more children vaccinated is the key to […]

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Martin Lewis accuses Student Loan Company of misleading graduates

Finance expert says borrowers are being pushed into making needless repayments Last modified on Mon 20 Jul 2020 15.20 EDT The Student Loans Company is giving graduates a “demoralising, damaging and dangerous” picture of their debts, according to the consumer finance champion Martin Lewis, who accused the company of pushing its users into making needless repayments. Lewis, the founder of […]

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