Getting back on track

The schedule at work has played havoc on my food roster so tomorrow going forward I’ve got a meal roster that’ll ensure that things stay on track. Part of that is ensuring that I always have meals at home so it avoids me stopping at the supermarket and picking up meals which often drifts into areas of the supermarket where I should be avoiding – impulse buys on an empty stomach isn’t a good idea. New start tomorrow with a new focus.

My iMac is shipping out tonight so hopefully around this time next week it’ll be all delivered although it is going to be a PITA given that I won’t be at home during that time so lets hope that when it comes to organising a delivery time one can be organised – maybe chat to my boss at work regarding it. Once that is all sorted I’ll be a happy chap. Side note, I am going to close off my TradeMe account because the fees have just gotten insane; fee to sell, a fee for basic features when selling, a fee when processing payments etc. I’d be all ok with the ‘nickel and diming’ (to use an American colloquialism) if the selling fees were pretty low and they made their money with additional services but their fees are already nigh enough as it is then they have the cheek to then have advertisements as if the money generated off each sale isn’t enough. In the end I only have myself to blame because I keep enabling them by using their service.

The latest drama has been about the ending of the charter schools programme and merging the successful ones back into the ‘schools with a special character’ framework that exists within the New Zealand education system. What will that mean for the charter schools that are working? They’ll become part of that ‘schools with a special character’ framework where there will be some extra oversight and change in funding arrangement but they’ll be given the similar level of autonomy as other alternative forms of education are provided.

Regarding the charter schools idea itself, one has to keep in mind that the whole charter school idea was an American concept that was developed to deal with a uniquely American set of challenges relating to setting up alternative schools, being able to access public funds and not having to worry about the legal/constitutional limitations particularly around religiously or quasi-religiously inspired schools. In New Zealand we don’t have those limitations so the argument for them doesn’t hold up to scrutiny – in the case of the ACT Party pushing it, it was a compromise to their larger goal of wanting education vouchers (or as they called them ‘scholarships’) so the funding followed the child and you’d effectively have a ‘free market for schools’. It makes me wonder how many of the so-called protesters headed up by David Seymour are genuine but misinformed vs. a rent a crowd that are made up of the usual suspects.

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