Manukau Courier : January 21st 2010
2 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 21, 2011 OPINION 80% of children s learning is done visually, so having the best possible vision is a must for the new school year. Children need scanning, focussing and visual co-ordination skills for learning and understanding written material. At The University of Auckland Clinics we have a friendly team and a great range of eyewear for kids. So book an eye examination today at either of our clinics at Tāmaki or Grafton and put the enjoyment back into your child s reading. If you ve noticed that they are getting headaches and rubbing their eyes, then now is the best time to get their eyes checked. Get your child's eyes tested by 28 February 2011 and pay only $15 that's a 50% discount! Free parking is provided at our Tamaki Campus, Morrin Road, Glen Innes. We also offer another clinic at our city site. Contact us to arrange an appointment: email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (09) 923 9909 Visit www.clinics.auckland.ac.nz for more information about our ser vices. Back to school has never looked better. THIS SATURDAY (and every Saturday) 6PM -- MIDNIGHT 200 Amazing stalls • Food, Fashion, Fun 50 Authentic food stalls, cooking up tasty "street snacks" and delicacies from around the world Free live entertainment. (All weather fully undercover) Phone 09 576 5223 or 027 689 9520 www.aucklandnightmarket.co.nz 3360709AK 0800 88 NZCC (6922) email@example.com www.nzcc.ac.nz *Conditions apply Our National Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 3) gives you the knowledge, professional skills and practical experience to start a rewarding career in this exciting industry. If you're 16 or 17, you could be eligible for our FREE one-year Youth Guarantee programme. Call us today to find out! Manukau Campus 8 Puhinui Rd Manukau FREE NZQA REGISTERED & ACCREDITED for 16 & 17 year olds! Auckland Grammar stance is out of line Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM It's a shame that Auckland Grammar's principal John Morris believes there is a need for his school to return to the bad old days'' when only exams assessed the per- formance of the student and in-class work throughout the year counted for nothing. That system resulted in half the students failing school certificate, university entrance and bursary and those who didn't achieve at least the 50 percent pass mark were branded as failures. For many of those the stigma of failing became a lifelong curse and op- portunities rarely came their way. The dividing up of students as winners or losers under the old system can in many ways explain why we have such a dog eat dog society today. Only winners count, only the strong survive or effort counts for nothing if you come second'' are views that were entrenched by the old assess- ment system. Fortunately, a more com- prehensive method of assessing a student's overall performance replaced the old system with the much-needed introduction of NCEA. It's a system that is not limited to rewarding someone who's good at exams and you can't do nothing all year then turn up at exam time in November and pass all your subjects and become a rock star like you could under the old system. NCEA recognises and rewards students who are willing to make a consistent and worthwhile contribution. The benefits from this sys- tem of assessment should not be underestimated. Surely kids leaving school with that type of training are the sort of citizens we want in New Zealand today -- Kiwis who want to contribute to our society consistently rather than those who just turn up when the big show is on. I'm not saying that NCEA is perfect but it's a fairer way of assessing a student's per- formance than the old exter- nal assessment system Auckland Grammar's refusal to provide NCEA unless specifically requested is a cop-out because students are effectively discouraged to make such a request given the school's strong preference for the externally assessed Cambridge exam system. It's also a huge step backwards because it will again disenfranchise those who do not perform well in exams. Mr Morris and his board have clearly laid down a chal- lenge to the government and it will be fascinating to watch the response because most of the school's constituents are National supporters. Its stance, however, is nothing short of a disgrace and is an example of the power and influence these people think they wield. It is a clear challenge to the education system and the government must act against them with urgency.
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