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An NZ teacher asks, why am I so racist

Jamie Banks is half white. Or is he? What does it even mean?

Here, in a fabulously funny and thought-provoking speech, and through a reflection on his own personal journey, Jamie reflects on what it means to be white, half white, not white, and how our view of ourselves influences how we view others.

“…although I had been a victim of racism, I was racist myself”

Truly worth watching and thinking about.

 

If you want to speak to Jamie about his speech or teaching, he can be reached here.

Ka pai, Jamie – love your work.

~ Dianne

Jamie Banks is an author, actor, rapper, performance poet and teacher, who has been campaigning since 2008 to get Emotional Intelligence (and now also Financial and Business Literacy) formally introduced into the curriculum.

Professional page: https://www.facebook.com/Banksta.Rapper/?fref=ts

Emotional Intelligence in NZ Schools: https://www.facebook.com/Emotional-Intelligence-in-NZ-Schools-467013176736336/?fref=ts

Business Literacy in Schools: https://www.facebook.com/Business.Literacy.in.NZ.Schools/?fref=ts

Hi, I’m Mikey and I’m OK

I'm ok

I’m OK

Hi, I’m Mikey and I’m OK.

I get plenty of sleep, I get up early. I’m never late to school…I’m OK.

I never call out in class, I put my hand up and answer questions when asked…I’m OK.

I sit National Standards tests which I think are boring, I get my school reports and no one is angry at me…I’m OK.

My older sister is loud, fidgets and bosses me around, my younger brother is disabled and takes up all mum’s time…But I’m OK.

I complete my homework tasks, sometimes at the last minute but the teacher says that…I’m OK.

I could do more writing with extra time or with less distractions in class but I usually finish so that’s OK.

I get LOADS of certificates at school that say I’m a magnificent member of the Middle Syndicate but when I haven’t tried 100% I still get them…Is this OK?

At home I like to sit on my own, to play on my computer or read spy books. So long as no one is arguing Mum says…that’s OK.

I’d love to be a spy like Zac Power or an inventor or a scientist like on Myth Busters. Mum loves my ambition and says…THAT’S FANTASTIC!

I’d love to film a documentary for Animal Planet and sometimes pretend with mums camera…it’s waterproof so it’s OK.

I keep telling her I’m joining Sea Shepherd when I turn 18. Mum will miss me but she’ll be OK.

In the meantime Mum extends me and gave me some editing software.

It’s kinda fun and I have my own YouTube channel – sometimes Mum films me practicing my news.

I’m a bit shy and nervous speaking up front but she tells me to try my best.

Mum shared my channel and her friends said WOW and even Mojo Mathers loved my video with the subtitles.

I’m not perfect, I don’t know everything but I’d sure love someone to notice me without me having to call out, be naughty or late.

I’d appreciate being challenged and sometimes pushed out of my comfort zone.

I don’t want school to be too difficult that I’m stressed out but I’m bored with being JUST OK.

by Mikey Lemon www.youtube.com

Mikey also makes videos, and in this one, he explains what a hero is:

 

NOTE: This article was edited at 8:30am 28/8/14

IES: Investing in ELECTORAL Success

In this video, Liz Horgan, Principal, discusses the Investing in Educational Success (IES) plan.  She notes that the policy seems to be more about electioneering than about sound plans for education, and  she outlines the key widespread concerns

Video taken by Thomas Stokell at the QPEC (Quality Public Education Coalition) Annual Forum, April 2014.

The global attack on public schools

STANDARDIZED Lies, Money, & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education.

This documentary focuses on the proliferation, business,and inadequacies of state-mandated testing in our public schools.

It focuses on America but is every bit as pertinent to what is happening in New Zealand; we may not be as far down the track as the USA , but we are on the same path.

Whenever a new education policy is announced, I would ask you to come back to this:  follow the money.

Who stands to benefit?  Because with testing now a multi TRILLION $$$ industry worldwide, you can bet your bottom dollar it isn’t students or parents that are the main concern.

The doco will be out later in the year, but here is a sneak peek.

Education Reform Poetry Slam

quillOkay guys, here’s a fun challenge:  

Write a haiku or other style of poem to reflect your views on education reforms in NZ or globally.

Share them below in the comments or email them to me at SOSNZmail@gmail.com

If you are feeling super creative, feel free to make a video of you performing your piece, and I will upload them.

7.7.13 STOP PRESS UPDATE:  There are some great poems already entered – see them in the comments below – and don’t miss the SUPERB entry by Mr Boon.

Here are two  crackers to get you started…

Hekia, so smug
You have no understanding
Of education.

by Alison K

and What Teacher Make, by Taylor Mali (Badass ex Teacher)

Add your poems to the comments below…

Now go, create.

~ Dianne

A glimpse into Kiwi students’ futures …

Is this what we have come to?  In 2013 people worldwide are fighting to claim back a child’s right to a decent education.

Big business has taken over.

They saw dollar signs and little by little snuck in, a charter schools here, standardised testing there, rigid curricula and resource requirements forcing schools to buy only from certain companies.

And before you know it schools are about making money for corporations, not about a well-rounded and proper education for our children.

America has seen the worst, with 20 years or more of this.

If we want to stop this taking hold in New Zealand, if we want to prevent this disaster down the (short) road, then we all need to speak up now.

We want to improve out schools by making them better for our kids, not by making them into businesses for the few.

Parents – Students – Teachers – Time to start speaking up.

An animated fairy tale about just who the big bad wolf in society really is…

Tax the rich An animated fairy taleWho creates the issues and then who they blame for them to divert attention…  Does this sound at all familiar to you, New Zealand?

Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale 

(Narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers.)

An 8 minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality.

Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes any more.

They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure.

This land bears a startling resemblance to our land.

For more info, http://www.cft.org.

© 2012 California Federation of Teachers

WATCH HERE

dedicated to my friend Nikki and her kids  

~Dianne

Some Stuff I Used To Know – time for a well needed laugh, I think

It’s been a hard time for teachers of late – so I thought for once we could do with a laugh (and one that doesn’t involve mocking politicians)

So here you go

The more you watch, the funnier it gets.

Enjoy 🙂

Shirley Boys’ Chch School Mergers Protest is the Best Yet.

There have been marches, government submissions, letters to the editor – but Shirley Boys’ protest rocks!

Watch it here, and prepare for a giggle.

Well done Shirley Boys, and good luck.

UPDATE:  AS OF AROUND 8pm, THE VIDEO HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM YouTube BY THE USER.  IF YOU MISSED IT, YOU MISSED A TREAT.  I HOPE IT COMES BACK.

Sir Ken Robinson Discusses Changing Educational Needs

This is an interesting video and well worth watching.  I don’t agree with some of what is said (possibly due to how it was edited, possibly because I just don’t agree), but it is very thought provoking and is a good place to get your juices flowing and the grey matter working on the subject of how we educate our children.

Watch it and tell me what you think.   My feedback is evolving and is being discussed along with others’ thoughts over on the Facebook page.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

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