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RODNEY HIDE talks to DR MICHAEL JOHNSTON




Rodney talks to Dr Michael Johnston, from The New Zealand Initiative about learning, the psychology of learning ("a total lack of constraint is not good for creativity"), the unhappy state of NZ's universities, and what the Ministry of Education wants to do to science (ditch physics and chemistry).


This is a wide-ranging and animated discussion touching on the similarity between science and democracy regarding the necessity of disproving theories; the psychology of military leadership; Karl Popper's 'paradox of tolerance'; the relatively brief existence of New Zealand's universal franchise and having always taken it for granted - learning how to defend free speech.


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Macademia
Macademia
Jul 10, 2023

Here's a link to the Article by Michael Johnston (I'm not a fan of pod-casts) https://www.nzinitiative.org.nz/reports-and-media/opinion/the-ministry-of-ignorance-strikes-again/

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Oh dear this Tolbert is endorsed by the conman Hendy who managed to convince an ignorant uneducated cabinet that his modelling was spot on so he should get lots of our money. This when we all knew that if what he put in was what the Govt wanted to see then the model would confirm that position. And this Tolbert signed the petition against the Listener 7. That makes what follows in the article complete nonsense and gibberish right there without any other analysis being required.

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Macademia
Macademia
Jul 09, 2023

And here we go with the Herald "Opinion Piece" trying its best to justify this nonsense. Article written by Sara Tolbert, Associate Professor of Science and Environmental Education at University of Canterbury. She co-wrote the Science Curriculum Refresh, so no wonder she is doing her best trying to defend the dumbing down of our population.... The fact that she is the co-writer was omitted from the Herald Article of course... "Disclosure statement

Sara Tolbert receives funding from the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI). She also consults for the New Zealand Ministry of Education and is a co-writer to the New Zealand Curriculum Refresh for the science learning area". 🙄 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/opinion-nz-curriculum-refresh-the-world-faces-complex-challenges-and-science-education-must-reflect-that/EHQJZJWA4FECHANWGLH7PJCPDM/?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=nzh_fb&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2Kk1wrzXO_rI7LhmdpG5CYPnihT4wsXiRWug3prmTOFjanOP6mIjcmMro#Echobox=1688861747

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lynnsam112
lynnsam112
Jul 09, 2023
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the BS that flows from the mouths of these over paid puppets of the government is criminal, in that the river of knowledge will be stymied, the level of aptitude will drop and the overall IQ of the country will be in the gutter....

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Make Ripples
Make Ripples
Jul 08, 2023

The new science curriculum is to include matauranga Maori. Presumably, also included will be the Druids’ Big Book of Spells, alchemy, astrology and Old Moore’s Almanac.


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The Huey Dewey and Louie Junior Woodchucks (1966 Gold Key) comic books would be of more value.

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lynnsam112
lynnsam112
Jul 07, 2023

A disaster looms.....next the 'academic morons' will have us believe that Einstein's Theory of Relativity was fake, and implement their NEW WORLD ORDER.......the IQ of this country is rapidly heading south.....New Zealand will be the perfect environment for the roll out of George Orwells 1984


When are we going to say ENOUGH of this BULLSHIT?

If teachers on masse stood up and said NO WAY this rubbish would disappear over night.....are the lunatics going to sack everyone.....


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"All animals are born equal. But some are more equal than others"

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