[OT] Mediocre Britain

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Sun Aug 28 15:33:44 EDT 2011


On 08/28/2011 10:25 PM, FlexibleLearning wrote:
> After 20+ years in secondary school, don't even get me started. With you,
> Richmond, 100%. Which is why I left.

Congratulations.

I have started my own mini-institution that is frighteningly selective,
frighteningly elitist, and doesn't suffer morons. Oddly enough, it does 
well, and the kids change quite rapidly (or they get hoofed out) into 
active, happy learners, who are always keeping me jumping around like a 
cat on hot bricks.
>
> Hugh Senior
> FLCo
>
>
>
> 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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