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Corporate Schooling

Monday, 18 October 2021, 11:37 am | David Cooke

If society pressures on schools worked, Monday's timetable could look like this: Political education Computer coding Climate change Religion Substance abuse Financial literacy Lots of testing The point is that there are plenty of different pressure ... More >>

Military and media missiles

Friday, 20 April 2018, 4:14 pm | David Cooke

President Trump's speech on the US-led missile strike on Syria will no doubt resonate enthusiastically with his base in the US, and to judge from letters to the editor, with his supporters in NZ. But there are good reasons for not getting too dewy-eyed ... More >>

More of the same

Monday, 6 October 2014, 3:03 pm | David Cooke

It's business as usual, and that should worry us. Here are three items that slipped by, late in the election campaign, with very little comment. More >>

Tertiary Train-Wreck - Unitec Design

Tuesday, 10 December 2013, 5:32 pm | David Cooke

Since the social reforms of the 1980s, tertiary education institutions have engaged constantly in steady rounds of restructuring. One of the outcomes is to dismiss academic staff, and that's what Unitec management is doing to 50 academic staff in the Department ... More >>

Punch-drunk: Commentators' take on the GCSB debate

Thursday, 29 August 2013, 2:31 pm | David Cooke

Mainstream media commentators were keen to paint the Campbell – Key confrontation as the heavy-weight punch-up of the season, with Key the winner. In doing so, they managed to seriously distort the picture and miss the point. More >>

The TPPA: Corporate Control on Steroids

Tuesday, 4 December 2012, 5:13 pm | David Cooke

We should avoid the TPPA like the plague, for at least four main reasons. First, we should be instantly suspicious of any negotiations conducted in oppressive secrecy. The lead nation, America, has everything to gain and much to hide, so much so that ... More >>

David Cooke: Restructuring Polytech Governance

Tuesday, 20 October 2009, 2:35 pm | David Cooke

Restructuring is contagious. Polytechnic councils have spent years presiding over the restructuring of their institutions, but now Government is doing it to them, in decisive style. The result will be governance by the few, so we should look hard ... More >>

David Cooke: Only for the economy, stupid

Wednesday, 14 October 2009, 10:43 am | David Cooke

In tertiary education, the Government means business, and not much else. The draft Tertiary Education Strategy starts by firmly bolting education to work and the economy, and never wavers in its focus. It does have some passing references to profile items ... More >>