Scott & Sarah Kennedy

Monday, August 29, 2005

Assassination of Common Sense

And I quote to you:- All student teachers will have to prove they can pronounce Maori in order to graduate, under Labour's Maori policy launched yesterday.

"Maori is an official language of this country but many people don't make an effort to pronounce Maori correctly. Teachers teach our kids a lot of things, from Shakespeare to poetry - what is the difference in teaching how to pronounce people's names and Maori correctly?"

Morons! Utter morons!

1. One could also say "English is
an official language of this country but many people don't make an effort to pronounce English correctly. " But there is no such English pronunciation test for student teacher graduation.

2. Shouldn't we be more concerned about our teachers being able to speak and spell English, before we even begin to worry about a language like Maori?

3. Who's definition of correct pronunciation shall we run with?

4. What about accents?
In the same way that Irish, Germans, and Indians all speak English differently, we will all speak Maori differently - if at all. Deal with it.

How can anyone take Labour seriously? What a bunch of ninnies.


  • The amount of teachers I had at MH who couldn't speak english properly!...

    Oh no...

    I can feel it starting....

    Sorry I can't help it people...



    By Anonymous Jonathan, at 9:05 AM, August 29, 2005  

  • *snorts in a rather unbecoming, unfeminine manner* oh dear, oh dear..... I just don't understand Labour and Helen Clark...

    I'm not sure how true this is, as I've not yet found a source... but we were taught in Linguistics in 2003 that English has yet to be made an official language of New Zealand. That Maori is one, but not English.
    Funny if it is true...!!!

    By Anonymous Michelle, at 10:45 AM, August 29, 2005  

  • Yea Michelle, I must have taken that same linguistics course, coz I think it`s true that Maori is the official language of NZ...I don`t think that giving it that status however is going to mean it is really only useful to Maori in NZ so I feel that it should not be forced on others.

    By Anonymous Lou, at 11:51 AM, August 29, 2005  

  • Well called Scotty.

    By Anonymous A. J. Chesswas, at 5:55 PM, August 29, 2005  

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