Let our kids have the chance to dream
I amvery concerned about the proposed curriculum changes by the Department of Education to ‘‘digitalise’’ our preschool children from 4-5 years onwards, supposedly in order for them to not ‘‘miss out’’ later in a world of artificial intelligence and digital skill needs.
However, I understand that not all Hutt Valley schools, and certainly not all parents and teachers, share this view to accelerate the young child’s abstract digital logic, computational skills, as well as the virtual reality it enhances.
There is a hidden cost to this process of promoting intellectual logic too early, replacing the natural imaginative and creative wondering attitude of childhood, in which imagination ranks higher than abstract logic, and where the heart is still dominant over the head.
The human child takes very long to become an adult in qualities of thinking, feeling and willing. That is why the stage of innocent childhood is important to explore the world and self in an unhurried way. There is still plenty of time in later years for abstract intellectual logic to complement the free-flowing imagination of childhood.
Let the child remain a child rather than hastening it in speed to become a skillful calculating mind in a rapidly dehumanising world of pure (intellectual) logic.
Dr Rene de Monchy
SAFE CYCLE TRAILS
This time in the election period three years ago, National promised $100 million on new cycle trails around the country including two in Lower Hutt to enable people to ride safely off road to Eastbourne and a new beltway loop linking the Hutt Hospital, to schools, the CBD, shopping areas, and the Waterloo and Melling train stations. It sounded too good to be true. And it was. Three years later and not a single one of these two projects has been completed. The shared path to Eastbourne hasn’t even been started!
Safe, off-road cycle trails are a feature of the most livable cities in the world and are also one of the best investments we can make to address congestion on our roads and obesity in our children. It’s time politicians kept their promises and just got on and built them.
Eastbourne, Lower Hutt
I totally agree with Graeme Barlow ( Hutt News, August 15) that the rates increase for Petone residents of 13.6 per cent is unacceptable. While the Hutt City Council has been in the papers for their ‘‘lavish’’meeting meals and excessive lawyer fees, this is peanuts to the excessive spending council is intending over the next few years building more assets.
The Riverlink project, at a cost of $39 million, community hubs costing $15m, Event Centre costing $4m, Sportsville costing $11m.
Don’t be fooled by thinking the council’s $39m is for flood protection work - that budget comes from the Regional Council. The $39m is to build a viewing area (Promenade) for the river. There already is one north of the Ewan bridge - and it is never used. It seems to me that councillors want to leave their own legacy, they want to be able to say in their retirement ‘‘I built that’’.
But in the meantime existing assets require serious maintenance which is being overlooked. There are potholes in Queen’s Drive. Petone Esplanade floods after every heavy rainfall. When is basic maintenance going to prevail over in-house bickering and legacy building?
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Politicians have broken their promises to cyclists.