Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Source of the Pain

Our society is in pain. Everywhere. Trying to use logic, common sense, and pointing out the obvious - and the obvious solutions - is continually met by resistance.

The talk in the Tavern often wrangles over these 'pains'. Thank goodness we can be diverted by a little humour, some aeroplanes, some song and dance and fine glasses of Ale instead of ail and wail.

Resistance to 'fixing' the problems lies at the root of many ongoing further problems.

It is not just the 'woman-man' thing either.

Think about it.

Consider just why this is running in the Spirits Bar.

Teacher and Principal Tell 6 Year Old Student She Can't Talk About Religion in School 
The parents of a six-year-old girl said their daughter was humiliated when a teacher interrupted the child’s one-minute speech and told her to sit down because she’s “not allowed to talk about the Bible in school,” attorneys for the California family allege. 
The incident occurred Dec. 19 inside a first grade classroom at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula, Calif. The previous day the teacher instructed boys and girls to  
"find something at home that represented  
a family Christmas tradition."  
They were supposed to bring the item to school, and share the item in a classroom presentation. 
Brynn Williams decided to bring the Star of Bethlehem that adorned the top of her family’s Christmas tree. She also worked on a one minute presentation to explain that her family’s tradition is to remember the birth of Jesus at Christmas time
“Our Christmas tradition is to put a star on top of our tree,” the little girl said. “The star is named the Star of Bethlehem. The three kings followed the star to find baby Jesus, the Savior of the world.” 
Before the child could utter another word, the teacher intervened, according to Robert Tyler, the general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom – the law firm representing the Williams family. 
“Brynn’s teacher said, ‘Stop right there! Go take your seat,’” Tyler said. “Bryn was not allowed to finish her presentation by reciting the Bible verse, John 3:16.” 
Tyler said the little girl was the only student in the class not allowed to finish her presentation. 
“She confirmed there was no way Brynn could finish that presentation,” the disappointed mom told me. It was to protect the other students from being offended by Brynn’s presentation.”
 But a talk about the Koran would have been treated with great respect, of course.

Have a drink before you are driven to drink.



  1. My comment is relevant to this post and your previous post.

    As I was going through school (in the UK) I was to some extent being experimented on.

    In my junior school they were experimenting on how to teach maths. This left me behind the curve in that subject, because the experiment didn't work. Luckily for me my maths teacher in secondary school more than made up for that.

    We were also tought to read using the ITA system and not taught how to move us from that to standard English. I only moved on from ITA because I chose to myself.

    Moving up to secondary school was also complicated because my two local schools (the High School and the Secondary Modern) were both due to change to comprehensive schools half way through my shcooling which for me would have meant a change of schools. Even though it was not an automatic right my parents were able to present a case for me to attend an already established comprehensive school several miles away. This meant I didn't have a change of direction half way through my schooling.

    The school I attended had some interesting subjects...

    Social studies - We were told this was Geography, History and Sociology combined. When the subjects split a couple of years later. The history element turned out to be history of the industrial revolution (local history) no wider context despite students asking when are we going to learn about...

    Moral Studies - This subject title was how the school were able to indemnify themselves from teaching religious education (which at that time was manditory).

    There were some brilliant teachers though. The maths teacher I mentioned above, in the year leading up to exams offered students extra tuition in the lunch hour. He also refused a promotion to another school so that he could see us through to our exams. It made up for the stupidity of the junior school.

    Two of the music teachers also spring to mind, apart from music they taught me many other things.

    The other good thing about the school was that at that point it hadn't entirely moved away from the streaming system. So classes were eventually split into two groups so the more advanced pupils weren't held back. Both groups were developed according to their ability.

    I think this experimental stage which was the start of the change from GCE O levels to CSEs was the begining of the decline in education...

  2. The damage caused to 'edukashun' by trendy wreckers is just part of the story of course. The demise of 'O' and 'A' levels, Grammar Schools, even standards of any useful sort has propelled the descent of rationality. 'Theories' of education which are no more than irrational and untested 'new' ways have replaced tried and tested methods.

    The video is a simple illustration which while focusing on the man-woman impasse is able to be applied more broadly. The 'sensitivity' required is false. Mary, Mary, quite contrary, springs to mind.The 'empathy' inflation reaches ridiculous proportion. And it is partial. (Just think of what would occur if the chap simply 'listened' and commiserated when she wants shelves put up or the plumbing fixed). And it is designed to punish and dismiss. The example of the little girl's one minute talk shows just how 'empathetic' and 'nurturing' the attitudes have become. Value has reversed. An absolutist refusal to "listen." But that's OK it seems according to the actual practice of this contrariness.

  3. I'm with you Cherry Pie. I had the highest mark in my class in math. I LOVED math. I just couldn't get enough of it. And then, we moved to a bigger school district which was suppose to be superior than the little small town school I was used to..

    And in 7th grade...the "experiment" of NEW MATH was introduced. It made no sense WHATSO EVER to me, and while the other kids in the class were seeming to understand it, I just thought it was crap. Then one day, in front of the whole class, \my teacher stood me in front of the whole class, handed me a paper with 0 on it, and said I was too dumb to ever understand it.

    I never turned in another paper. In fact, it wasn't until years later I read a book by Richard Feynman--- the Los Alamos Physicist --who was FURIOUS that the schools had pushed New Math in the public schools..and went on a crusade to get it expunged from all schools.

    He said the very same thing that I KNEW in the fourth grade: it sense.

    And how many millions of kid's are ruined by some STUPID idiot in some high office who wants to experiment on kids.

    I'm STILL mad.

    They WANT the vast masses of what they consider "Inferior" population stupid. There's no other explanation. (boom)


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