The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 56,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Not bad. Not bad at all!
Readers came from 143 different countries, with most of them coming from New Zealand, of course. Quite a lot were from the USA, with the UK and Australia not far behind. Which is no surprise since we are all facing similar education deforms.
The most popular posts were viewed by thousands of people and are still getting hits. National Stigma – two teachers speak out really hit a nerve, speaking the words that so many of you wanted to say. The next three most popular posts were:
The most viewed image was this gem, as valid now as it was then, with the constant fandangoes orchestrated by Beehive press officers and danced to by the mainstream media:
The SOSNZ Facebook page leapt up to 1728 likers, and our Twitter warblings attracted a hearty 639 followers, and there were even a couple of times I was spotted out in the field, so to speak, Tweeting live at a union meeting and also in parliament at the oral submissions regarding charter (partnership) schools.
In 2014, we can do more to push back against these reforms. We can change this government for one that puts children at the forefront, one that works *with* educators rather than belittling them, that puts children before profits, and quality education before privatisation.
Please make sure you vote. I don’t care who for, but be sure to look at which parties are truly looking after the interests of our tamariki, look at their past form, and vote for someone who will care about people over profits.
Happy New Year to you all, Kia Ora, and thank you.