New Zealand First will oppose a National Party bill to strengthen second language learning in schools through Government funding, but a language professor says it needs to be encouraged. The bill, proposed by National's education spokesperson Nikki Kaye, aims to strengthen primary and intermediate schools' access to language learning through additional resources provided by the Government for language specialists and online resources. "Learning a language has cognitive, cultural and social benefits and these benefits are becoming increasingly important in a globally connected world," the bill says. Second language proficiency harder after ten, study shows Second languages: Good idea, but can't be done - principals Teachers not ruling out third strike to fix education 'crisis' - NZEI "Under the bill regulations will be made to identify at least 10 priority languages, which will be set following nationwide consultation with communities." NZ First, a coalition partner … [Read more...] about Should schools reinforce second languages? New Zealand First doesn’t think so
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THOMAS MANCH Last updated 09:40, August 30 2018 ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF Nory Mosquera Daza, second left, and her family compare the life of danger they once faced in Colombia with the security and friendliness of New Zealand. When Nory Mosquera Daza speaks of her job at a Wellington food manufacturer, where she arrives before her 7am start to set up the day's ingredients, her hands dance in tandem as she mimes operating two machines at once.The job is a joy for the Colombian refugee, but it's more than an offer of a better life. For Mosquera Daza and her children – four of the 5.7 million displaced by 60 years of civil war – it's part of an answer to a question: how they will contribute?Eldest daughter Leidy, 25, is studying English and has in mind a postgraduate degree in human resources as she scans groceries part-time. ROSS … [Read more...] about The cost and value of refugees: are we ready to take on more from troubled lands?
A successful gay businessman has criticised a university report suggesting a slowdown in tolerance of homosexuality among ethnic minorities, saying it was "offensive" to claim tolerance was on the decline. The analysis by the University of Manchester suggested that people who were black, south Asian or religious were still far more likely to think homosexuality was wrong. Based on a National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles in 2010 it said a person's religion and ethnicity was now more strongly associated with their attitude towards homosexuality than their level of education. Read more LGBT+ people describe the homophobic abuse they've faced this year Security guards attack Chinese women for 'wearing LGBT rainbow badges' Ann Widdecombe attacks Harry and Markle for supporting LGBT+ rights Leading LGBT+ lawyer dies setting himself on fire in climate protest The 2020 US census will fail to recognise most LGBT+ people LGBT+ hate crimes: What to do if you've been a victim and … [Read more...] about Britain reaching ‘peak acceptance’ for LGBT rights, study finds
“Crush The Saboteurs” was the Daily Mail front page that greeted the announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May of a snap General Election last April. In that fateful statement she gave in Downing Street, she cited the failure of Westminster to back her plans for a hard, destructive Brexit as the justification for seeking the dissolution of Parliament, despite the fact she had won every vote in the House of Commons on Brexit up to that point. Dancing to the tune of the Brextremists in her party – led by the likes of Boris Johnson and Michael Gove in cabinet, and Jacob Rees-Mogg and others on the Tory backbenches – she sought to ensure the UK would no longer participate in the European Union’s Single Market and Customs Union: even though a number of non-EU states do so because of the huge economic benefits. She went on to make clear that she would not sanction any observance of EU laws for whatever purpose; nor would she sanction a transition period, … [Read more...] about Labour must end its ambiguity over Brexit and commit to policies that match its values
Men hit their style ‘prime’ at the age of 30, a study has found. After years of experimenting with their clothes and facial hair, men finally find a look they feel confident in after reaching the milestone age. The journey to the style peak will see the average bloke try three different facial hair styles, four hair dos, five fashion picks and five overall looks throughout the years. But the study, by male grooming brand Braun, also revealed substance is just as important as style, with honesty, intelligence and success in work revealed as the top three values for men. Read more How long you have to exercise for to get an endorphin high Stress and power lines are 'mythical' cancer causes worrying public Drawing pictures of past events can boost chances of remembering them The combination of style and substance takes longer to come through though, with 35 found to be the age at which men finally manage to juggle both. Along with close friends and family members, … [Read more...] about Men hit their style prime at 30, study finds