Month: February 2011

Why banning corporal punishment is a disaster

I blogged earlier about South Korea banning corporal punishment recently and the sudden upsurge in assaults on teachers and bullying amonst students. According to a teacher, “the troublesome students find the new ban as a godsend.” Hilariously, the Ministry of…

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Experts support our call on ADHD

From the Sunday Star Times today ADHD kids given ‘wrong care and treatment’ Many of the children being given drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have been misdiagnosed, an expert believes. Psychologist and behavioural expert Frances Steinberg believes shoddy…

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Parents Can Claim School Fees Refund

Media Release 11 February 2011 Family First NZ is reminding and possibly informing parents that when they complete their IRD Tax Returns for the financial year ended 31 March 2011, they are entitled to claim back 1/3’rd of their school…

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Overwhelming Support for Drinking Age to be 21

Media Release 10 February 2011 Family First NZ is welcoming an online NZ Herald poll showing 72% support for their call to raise the drinking age to 21 and says that the government should ditch their split-age proposal.  “Wth over…

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Sue Bradford is dead right – on this one

‘Win a wife’ competition appals Stuff.co.nz 09/02/2011 A radio competition offering listeners the chance to “win a wife” has appalled a former MP who is calling for it to be pulled. The winner of MediaWorks’ The Rock promotion will fly…

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Over-reach results in under-delivery

Teachers are annoyed that when they notify CYF about potential abuse cases, no action is taken. I can relate to this having made a number of notifications when working as a social worker in schools. But when the number of…

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Incredible that it wasn’t already a crime

Adults who turn a blind eye to kids’ abuse will be prosecuted  Dominion Post 09/02/2011 Failure to protect a child from abuse will finally become illegal this year, more than 12 months after Justice Minister Simon Power first announced it.…

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Healthy diet ‘boosts childhood IQ’

BBC News 8 Feb 2011 Eating chips, chocolate and cake may be damaging to a child’s intelligence, according to researchers at Bristol University. Their study suggests a link between a diet high in processed foods and a slightly lower IQ.…

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Being around heavy drinkers may take a health toll

From Reuters, NZ-based research If you have a heavy drinker in your life, your own health and well-being could suffer because of it, new research suggests. The study of more than 3,000 New Zealanders showed that people with a family…

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