Let’s face it peeps. The twentieth century teaching and learning model was based on that to produce good solid white collar types to keep the bureaucracy of the Empire smoothly running. Emphasising good writing skills, (Copperplate was a must), excellent mental calculation skills, and the ability to tug your forelock and doff your cap to your betters, this system enjoyed success for over two hundred and fifty glorious years. If you doubt me, look at a 1963 school atlas. What does that red signify, my plebian followers? Yes, our Dominion looked Homeward, learned our times tables and hoped the Common Market would never happen.
I applaud the National Government for wanting to return us to those halcyon days. In fact, I think I should rather like whacking the knuckles of those unfortunates ignorant enough to tell me that five times five is 30. Let’s put some sport back into the education game, wot!
It’s a bit of a rum do this, but some spectators are saying that with spreadsheets and calculators, what’s the point of learning how to carry the one, and know that six times seven is the answer to life, the universe, and everything really.
I applaud Ms Parata in her continuing efforts to modernise our education system. Let’s get back to classrooms of fifty, single files, inkwells, and freshly oiled straps and canes. Pip-pip, wot!