Charities that nag for money turn off donors
I sometimes wonder if some charities realise the level of ill-will they generate as a result of their soliciting methods. As a reasonably regular donor once or twice a year I find it very irritating and offputting to receive monthly or quarterly requests for further contributions. I don’t object to annual or even semi-annual appeals but constant mendicancy is too much.
Peter Clapshaw, Parnell
The value of homework hinges on the quality of learning any student is given. Any school system that has been proved to develop just 50 per cent of the entire student capacity to learn cannot be said to be doing a good job. Homework needs to be viewed against that fact. Far more needs to be wrung from the ordinary school day. I don’t see homework being ever able to bridge the gap. Now that there are better ways of delivering learning, the challenge is to get more schools to take them up. To thrive in the global economy, New Zealand must ensure every student’s capacity to learn is fully developed.
Laurie Loper, Tauranga
Thirty years ago when my husband’s accident meant we needed an invalid’s benefit for our family to survive, the first thing I did was plant a vegetable garden. As a Baby Boomer I grew up in an era when everybody I knew had a vege patch and our dads would come home from work and work in it. Perhaps it is time to resurrect this time-honoured activity. Growing fresh vegetables and some fruit is relatively easy even in tiny gardens.The funding of free classes, seeds and garden equipment for low-income earners would go a long way to bring the vege plot back to life, and put healthy food back on the table. Teaching organic growing techniques would even mean less food waste going out for disposal and no
Auckland Town Hall.