Bernard Beckett

Bio: Bernard Beckett is an author and teacher. He has worked in NZ secondary schools for almost three decades and currently teaches mathematics and drama.

Dec 5, 2018

What the censor's report says about teens and porn – and what should happen next

A major new investigation by the Classification Office confirms that exposure to porn is widespread among NZ teens, and is affecting the way they think about and experience sex.

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Nov 19, 2018

A petty matter: Why it's OK that teens don't know what 'trivial' means

Is ridicule really the right response to teenagers unable to comprehend the word 'trivial' in an NCEA history exam, asks high school teacher and author Bernard Beckett.

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Oct 14, 2015

Essay: The Ted Dawe Experience – Pervert or Really Good Writer? His Judge Decides

Bernard Beckett helped judge Into the River our best children's book in 2013. This week it was banned by weird Christian sect, the Film and Literature Board of Review. Here Beckett analyses that decision.

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