[OT] Mediocre Britain

Petrides, M.D. Marian mpetrides at earthlink.net
Sun Aug 28 12:59:47 EDT 2011

Hmmm... sounds suspiciously like "No Child Left Behind" here in the States. The sad thing on our side of the pond is that NCLB worked so well (NOT!) that they have decided to apply its principles to graduate medical education.  The scary thing is that we Boomers will be the recipients of this wonderful brand of medical care. <--- (dripping with sarcasm, if you couldn't already tell)

On Aug 28, 2011, at 11:46 AM, Richmond Mathewson wrote:

> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14683133
> doesn't frankly surprise me; after all "Being British" is all about dumbing
> down things to the lowest common denominator; education, over-regulation (after all, if 5% of the population are morons the government must screw up everybody's life by regulating things to protect the morons from themselves: maybe the morons should be told "you are morons, get off your fat, supplementary-benefit-fed bottoms and start getting your brains working).
> I have just been looking at a series of letters written to my younger son from his erstwhile school mates at his school in Fife, Scotland; filled with basic spelling errors and grammar problems (these kids were 11 at the time); most of them being monoglot English speakers, a few spoke Fife-Scots at home. My sons, who have  English and Bulgarian as mother tongues, and are both fluent in German, don't make those sort of spelling errors in any of their 3 dominant languages.
> If sschool kids cannot spell in their school language how on earth can one expect them to get their programming syntax right, let alone the odd nested FOR . . . NEXT loop?
> My younger son starts at Salem on the 10th; as the highest scholarship holder:
> http://www.salem-net.de/
> I wonder why I'm not sending him to school in Britain?
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