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Boys And Girls Or “Genderqueer”?

Posted in America, Britain, Child Abuse, Children, England, English Schools, European Union, Gays, News, Primary Education with tags , , , , on 12/12/2016 by floroy1942
"Right, Now Get This Into Your Heads. You Are Not Boys And girls Anymore You Are Genderqueer"

“Right, Now Get This Into Your Heads. You Are Not Boys And Girls Anymore You Are Genderqueer”

I have just read the biggest load of tripe I have come across in years. The U.K. government-funded ‘Educate and Celebrate’ Organisation has introduced a new rule where schools cannot call children as young as seven a boy or a girl as part of a major diversity drive.

It suggests terms such as ‘genderqueer’ and ‘panromantic’ – used to describe someone who is attracted to people of all gender identities. A book about to be released is described by the publishers as “the first book to explain medical transitioning for children aged seven and above”. 

Ellie Barnes, Educate and Celebrate founder, described the book as ‘much needed’. She said: “Not everyone identifies as male or female – that is fact.” Backed by Ofsted, the publishers have sent out the book called ‘Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity?’ which features a fictional story about a 12-year-old boy transitioning from male to female. This book has been sent to 120 ‘best practice’ schools and suggests new terms to address young children.

Former Conservative Party chairman Lord Tebbit, told a Sunday newspaper: “I think it is damaging to children to introduce uncertainty into their minds.” I have to say I agree wholeheartedly.

I have to ask, where do these people come from? The world has changed to such an extent that people can come up with the most ludicrous ideas and they get accepted by the rank and file. Is the world going crazy or what?

People who come up with these stupid ideas belong in a mental asylum, plain and simple! Do they mean to make all future generations transgender or what? The mind boggles!

Roy.

Time For A Major Overhaul Of Britain’s Education System!

Posted in Britain, Child Abuse, Children, David Cameron, English Schools, Government, Immigrants, News, Primary Education, Teens with tags , , , , on 17/05/2015 by floroy1942

Once again we are shown how the education system in Britain is failing our youth. It’s no wonder we have so many unemployed young people when many school-leavers cannot read or write properly, as is so often reported. News out today indicates that in a grand survey of the education systems of 76 countries, Britain comes twentieth!

The Top Ten - The Far East Leads The Way.

The Top Ten – The Far East Leads The Way.

When the system in countries like Estonia (7), Poland (11), Vietnam (12) and Slovenia (18) are far better than our own its time to start making some major changes. It should not come as a surprise that countries in the Far East have the best records for education. The top European nation is Finland that comes sixth.

The Bottom Ten With Britain Last.

The Bottom Ten With Britain Last.

Stephen Hawking - One You Will Doubtless Recognize.

Professor Stephen Hawking – One You Will Doubtless Recognize.

Up to the 1950’s we had one of the best education systems in the entire world. In that time we produced world leading scientists, doctors, theoretician’s and inventors etc. but compare that to today and you get zilch! Remember also that it was without all the fancy computers they have today!

What happened? Education system changes by various governments have brought down the levels to such an extent that anyone leaving school today hasn’t got a cat in hell’s chance of finding meaningful employment.

I Just Hope He Knows His Stuff!

I Just Hope He Knows His Stuff!

A large majority of the teaching staff cannot answer a pupils question without referring to the lesson book because they do not know their subject properly. I hope the exceptions will forgive me!

On top of that, exams have become ridiculously easy thanks to Tony Blair and his government dumbing down the pass rates, and to top it all off, the English education system is bending over backwards to accommodate immigrants. For crying out loud, what is our government doing?

Muslims In British Schools - English! English! English!

Muslims In British Schools – English! English! English!

There should be one single curriculum for every school in the country as in the old days, and if an immigrant can’t speak English then he/she should be told to learn, not given classes in his/her language! There was a report some months ago about a school introducing translation computers that would translate what the teacher said, and questions from immigrants who did not speak the language. How ridiculous is that!

Wrong David! Very Wrong!

Wrong David! Very Wrong!

We should do away with all these silly ‘Free Schools’ begun by Cameron and his government, we should do away with all the Islamic schools and tell these people that if they want their children to learn things in Arabic they do it on their own time! This is Britain, and you either conform or get the hell out!

The 1950's - You Can Bet Your Last Dollar This Man Knew His Subject Inside Out.

The 1950’s – You Can Bet Your Last Dollar This Man Knew His Subject Inside Out.

There should be one curriculum based on the 1950’s model for everybody, and one special school like the old grammar schools for those who pass the entrance exam (11 Plus) on their way to university. The government needs to get rid of all the computers in schools until the final year so that children learn to develop and use their minds, not just which button to push.

It is very sad for people of my generation to see the desperate decline of British values in today’s world. I am just glad that I have seen the Best of Britain and am not having to cope with the demoralized system we have today. If things keep going the way they are, in the future our once proud nation will become no better than a third world country in today’s fast-moving society.

Roy.

After this rant I feel somewhat better!

How To Evade Responsibility

Posted in Britain, Child Discipline, Children, England, English Schools, Modern World, News, Parenting, Primary Education, Teens with tags , , , , on 26/01/2015 by floroy1942

I saw quite a revealing article in the news today that shows clearly how parents are evading responsibility for bringing up their children. In a survey of 1000 people by Waitrose, questions about respect and good manners among adults and children were put forward. Of those questioned a huge 72% said that good manners had declined in Britain today.

Wise Words

Wise Words

A total of 60% blamed the parents for this, but 70% thought that good manners should be taught in schools and requested it become part of the national curriculum.

Mark Price, Managing Director of Waitrose

Mark Price, Managing Director of Waitrose

Mark Price, managing director of Waitrose, said: “In school it used to be the teaching of the three Rs which was considered the mainstay of a good school education but as this survey shows, people would prefer the “four Rs” – reading, writing, arithmetic and respect. There’s clearly a mood for a renewed focus on teaching good manners but, rather than suggesting this has to be taken on by any particular group of people, perhaps the real answer is for all of us to take responsibility through the example we set every day?”

A spokeswoman for the National Union of Teachers said:  “Courteous and respectful behaviour in schools is essential but is as much ‘caught’ as ‘taught’ in the home as at school. The ethos of the school should encourage courteous behaviour in the playground and corridors as well as in the classroom.”

There are a surprising number of people in the U.K. today who do not even bother to say ‘please’ or ‘thank you’ which is disturbing, for the British were always known for their good manners in the past. In my day it was normal practice to give up your seat to the elderly on public transport, and thankfully there are still some who do this today.

But what I find so disturbing in this report is that so many people think good manners and respect should be taught in schools. This is totally wrong, for teaching these two essentials should come from the parents and be a natural process. To have special classes devoted to teaching good manners to children is too ludicrous for words.

The Way It Should Be

The Way It Should Be

If the parents themselves are kind, polite and well mannered the children learn it without problem, but sadly that is not true today. The fault lies with many of the current generation, for there are many extremely rude people around today.

About three years ago my wife and I were sitting in a local bar having a drink and at the next table were a family with a small child. The grandfather was playing with the child and it was screaming at a very high pitch that went through my head like a knife. I looked across at the child without saying anything and immediately the father started verbally attacking us with “What’s your effin’ problem” etc. Even when his wife joined in, again with a lot of foul language, my wife and I never said a word in reply, but he continued to insult and threaten us with violence. Finally my wife had had enough and called the police.

There was no reason for the outburst and no respect for anyone else in the bar, just a verbal attack using a lot of foul language that was extremely threatening and loud in nature. Sadly there are many such people in the U.K. these days and there are times when it makes me ashamed to be English.

Parents Who Don't Care?

Parents Who Don’t Care?

But the point of this little saga is, how can the children expect to learn respect and manners when their parents behave in such a way. These are without doubt the kind of people who will say loudly, “It’s the schools responsibility.” But they are wrong, very wrong! If you yourself behave like an animal you have to expect that your children will grow up in the same way.

An Empty Vessel

An Empty Vessel

Children are like an empty vessel when they are born, and their future personality is dependent on what you as a parent put into it as they grow. If you are a foul-mouthed thug then your sons will grow up to be just like you, but if you are a respectful and kind person they will grow up to be the same.

Good manners and respect for others is not something children learn in school, they learn from the way their parents go through life and what they are taught at home.

Instead of pushing yet another task onto our education system, modern parents should live up to their own responsibilities, for manners like many other things, must be taught from an early age.

Roy.

Blair’s Education Legacy Just Got Comical

Posted in Britain, Children, England, English Schools, Insanity, News, Parenting, Primary Education, Teens, UK with tags , , , , on 14/07/2014 by floroy1942
Yes We Know!  Education, Education, Education!

Yes We Know!
Education, Education, Education!

Ever since Tony Blair uttered the words “Education, Education, Education” and then proceeded to ‘dumb-down’ exam pass levels to make his League Tables look good, intelligent people have been waiting for the fallout. Well now sadly it’s here, and hilarious.

The Voice Of Business

The Voice Of Business

Today, employers are saying that our school leavers are unemployable because of their low education standards and are looking to immigrants to fill jobs requiring a reasonable standard. It is well known that many of today’s youth cannot read or write properly once they leave school, and of course teachers themselves have come under fire for failing children with their poor performance.

Well, I came across some snippets that just about put all this in perspective. Times Higher Education Magazine pointed out some of the amazing bloopers made by college students during exams. A lecturer from the University of Ulster sent in this answer from a student on the Earth’s ozone layer, and I quote: “the hole in the ozone layer was caused by assholes“. As the lecturer pointed out, he may have meant aerosols!

Another student answered a question on vehicle emissions by saying:  “in future all cars [will] be fitted with Catholic converters“.

A senior lecturer in psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University got this reply to a question in an exam: “Octopuses are intelligent because they have been found to be able to predict the winners of football matches during the World Cup.” This is a reference to Paul the Octopus who ‘predicted’ winners during the 2010 World Cup.

Even on the subject of the Second World War some youngsters get a bit tied up. One wrote in a history exam at the University of Hertfordshire: “Hitler’s role in the Second World War is often overlooked.

All of the above are from university students, but at the other end of the education scale things are not much better. Here are some examples from the lower end of education since Tony’s interference.

 

Hmm! I’ll have to think about that!

Maths

I thought all angels were cute!

Geography

So that’s where lap dancers come from!

Geography

The doctor has a cure for that!

History

So that’s why the Earth has no balls!

History 2

I hope she tasted good!

Science

They would be handy around the house if they could get through the door.

Religious Studies

Must be due to poor building techniques!

I am sure there are more humorous examples out there somewhere, but you have to admit. these are hilarious.

Considering that the first selection came from University students, it makes you wonder at the effectiveness of our education system.

We used to have a system that was the envy of the world, but sadly, after Tony Blair’s tinkering, and the loss of knowledgeable and effective teachers, it seems we have lost our way.

As you may expect, the ones that will suffer the most are the current generation of our youth, and their children. Many could well be doomed to low paid menial work because they do not have the knowledge or skills to get higher. Thanks Tony!

A sad indication of our times.

Roy.

 

 

 

Hire Brits Over Immigrants? What A Joke!

Posted in Benefits, Britain, Children, England, Europe, Immigrants, Parenting, Primary Education, Teens, UK with tags , , , , on 29/07/2013 by floroy1942
Matthew Hancock

Matthew Hancock

I had to laugh when I read the comments made by Tory Business and Education Minister Matthew Hancock that companies should hire British citizens over immigrants. I fully agree with the sentiment, but to be honest, its practically impossible.

If, as a business owner, you had the choice of an immigrant capable of doing the job with the absolute minimum of training over a Brit who’s education standard is so low he may never learn to do the job, which would you choose? Sure, there are many qualified people in the UK, and if they are not lazy, or benefit cheats, they demand high wages, whereas an immigrant will do the job for a lot less money. So again, which would you choose?

The Effects Of His Mismanagement Of The Education System Now Become Apparent

The major slump in our education system, fostered and nurtured by the previous Labour government under Tony Blair, has made the majority of UK residents below the age of 45 practically unemployable for many skilled jobs. The majority, and in particular the young, cannot read or write properly and have the aptitude of an ass for skilled work.

I read quite often the comments people put on news stories on the internet and I am dumbfounded at the poor writing skills of many. It is clear that to string an intelligent sentence together for them is an impossibility, and as to the spelling skills – forget it. Example: “r u going to the disco?” – answer – “No I ar’nt, u?” While the language as per the example above may be fine for speed typing on the phone, it is not the language to use on a CV, which many bosses have reported seeing.

Immigrant Worker

Immigrant Worker

It was interesting to note that under Labour 74% of jobs were being filled by immigrant workers, whereas under the Coalition, that figure has dropped to 55%. Thank God that someone has at last had the common sense to ensure more British jobs for British people, but naturally that figure must be lowered even more.

The ‘fly in the ointment’ however is that next year we will be forced under EU Rules to accept immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria. I cannot speak for the Bulgarians, but from personal experience during visits to Romania I can tell you that they are reliable and hard-working. I am sure many bosses will want to hire them, providing they can learn our language.

The Knock-on Effect Of The Blair Years

The Knock-on Effect Of The Blair Years

Many UK bosses have already said that much of today’s youth is utterly unemployable.  To say that much of today’s youth in Britain are dim is understating it by a long way.

But the sad thing is, it’s not restricted to the youth, for many middle-aged people cannot spell or string an intelligent sentence together.  A portion of today’s UK workforce are lazy and prefer to live off the ‘Social’ rather than go out and work for a living. What is really sad is that the core of highly trained professionals in industry are getting older and will soon be retiring, if they haven’t already, and that will be the end of the British engineering and manufacturing industries without the influx of highly skilled foreigners from Europe and the rest of the world.

I had to chuckle when Matthew Hancock said more effort should be given to training local people for jobs. It really depends on the job though doesn’t it. If its carrying crates of vegetables from a truck into a warehouse its not a problem, even an ape could do that, but what if its a complex machining job like lathe work requiring accuracy measured in thousands of an inch? What then!

Apprenticeship 1950

Apprenticeship 1950

I do agree with one statement Hancock made, that apprenticeships should be brought back. This system of training for young people can be traced back to the 12th Century when young boys began  a training programme that would take them to adulthood when they were able to start out on their own. Although conditions changed over the years, the system was in place until the late 1970’s when it died out, mainly due to the decline of British manufacturing industries, caused in the main by the Unions running the country and demanding ever higher wages.

Micrometre - Today's Youth Would Not Even Know What It Is!

Micrometre – Today’s Youth Would Not Even Know What It Is!

The main essential point behind the scheme was to provide industry with a ready pool of skilled workers capable of doing complex jobs immediately. The system worked very well, and in it’s heyday made Britain a world leader in manufactured goods and engineering. The scheme is still struggling along in some sectors but is a shadow of its former glory. We need it back, desperately, for that is where our fully trained and competent workers of the future will come from.

Sadly, with the education standards today being what they are, with many youngsters struggling with basic reading and writing it will be a profound struggle. We need a government that will knock our education system into shape and get our children learning what they should in order to climb out of this pit Labour dug for us.

Back When Teachers Knew Their Subject

Back When Teachers Knew Their Subject

But then we come across another problem, and that is the education system itself. How can we expect to teach our children all the right things when many of the teachers couldn’t teach a cat to pee! I am well aware that many of them do a good job and are fairly well trained, however, there is an increasing number of untrained teachers taking over classes and that should not be allowed to happen. If many teachers were to take a GCSE or higher level exam in their chosen subject it is not certain that all would pass.

Years ago, when teachers were real teachers, knowledge came from their head because they all knew their subject off by heart and books were rarely used, whereas today it all comes out of the book. Take them away from most of today’s teachers and they are lost, because in many cases they just quote the book. Years ago if you asked the teacher a question he/she would give you the right answer immediately because they knew their subject inside out.

Raising Standards - That Would Help!

Raising Standards – That Would Help!

So that leads us to the conclusion that before we can revitalize children’s knowledge, we have to start training teachers properly so they are fit for the job.

Another thing that must be done is review the national curriculum. This business of skimming over such subjects as geography and history is detrimental to the overall education of any child. At least one foreign language should be a part of the national curriculum for obvious reasons. It should be German, French or Spanish, not as some bright spark in the government suggested last year, Chinese. Every other European nation teaches at least one, and often two or three languages as part of the curriculum. We do not have the right to the arrogant stance that “Oh everybody speaks English!”

Impossible Unless We Increase Education Among The Young

Impossible Unless We Increase Education Among The Young

It will be a long road before British people can join the job market in a serious way because we must first get our teachers capable of teaching properly, then begin with teaching our children in a very serious way all they need to know. Only with these two steps will we be able to ensure that our future generations become employable in a modern world. Otherwise the rest of the world will blindly pass us by.

Roy

First Essential Change To The British Education System?

Posted in Britain, Children, England, English Schools, Europe, Parenting, Primary Education, Teens, UK with tags , on 10/06/2012 by floroy1942

Finally, it appears the government is implementing mandatory foreign languages lessons into the primary school national curriculum in Britain. For many decades the British people have been way behind the rest of Europe in learning languages, and maybe that is because of the “everyone abroad speaks English so why bother” syndrome, or just plain laziness. Either way its a national scandal that the British make little or no effort to learn the languages of our European partners.

For many decades, countries like Germany, Holland, Denmark and many others have taught English as part of the national curriculum, and that is to their credit, so I have been surprised that successive governments in the UK have not followed suit.

Finally On The Right Track

In an age where people can travel all over Europe, or even the world on holiday at least, learning a foreign language or two is essential. For this reason, I for one welcome the change that is being initiated by David Cameron and his government. Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has said that primary schools could offer lessons in Mandarin, Latin and Greek, as well as French, German and Spanish from September 2014.

While I applaud the basic idea, I am afraid I cannot see the point in teaching Mandarin, Latin or Greek. You will only use Mandarin if you travel to China and one or two other Far Eastern countries, or wish to order a meal in a Chinese restaurant. Latin would only be useful if you enter the medical or science professions. French, German and Spanish are by far the most useful languages for all children to learn. You know the old saying: “Use it or lose it” and that is  very fair statement. The chances of the average UK child using Mandarin and Latin are infinitesimal while Greek may be used on holiday, although outside Greece no-one speaks it. French, German and Spanish are by far the better alternatives. 

Another improvement is the testing of children’s spelling, grammar and punctuation, which again is an essential move. With more and more people these days relying on computer ‘spell-checkers’, it becomes rapidly apparent that such a move is necessary.  You only have to read some of the comments sent in by people to internet news pages to realize that the situation is becoming deplorable.

English Primary School

Unfortunately, this last move is being strongly opposed by head teachers who say “The tests are a waste of taxpayer’s money”. Poppycock!!! The general opinion among teachers seems to be that the assessment and testing of children on these subjects is best left to them. Sorry, but the evidence of the past few decades couldn’t indicate more strongly that the entire education system in England and Wales has been failing the young catastrophically. Some of the fault lies with the previous government, but the teachers must bear a large portion of the blame for the falling standards. The evidence speaks for itself when an estimated 4 out of every 5 youngsters these days cannot read or write English properly.

Milton Keynes head teacher Tony Draper is reported to have said, “It will lead to further narrowing of the curriculum, teaching to the tests and increased misery for our year six students and their families already sick of a diet of practice SATs and drills”.  He continued, “Trust us to assess all our children’s writing this year and every year or we will not cooperate with any future tests”.

The Dreaded SATS Test

From this statement I conclude that the entire teaching method is totally wrong, which is probably why children, and parents end up so confused by it all.

You don’t ‘teach to the test’ for anything, it should be an integral part of learning from day one. Teachers should be checking their pupil’s submissions every day in all aspects, not just the basic issue. Spelling, grammar and punctuation should all be taught from the first moment their pencil touches the paper, not come 6 months or 1 year later. There is a big difference between teaching pupils to ‘get through a test’ and giving them a proper education! When I was in school (hrrumph) years ago, that is how I was taught, e.g. at the end of a sentence you put a full stop, not, don’t bother with that we’ll cover full stops next term!!! 

But here we are today, with a nation of semi-literate young adults and children, and no-one is ready to admit that the education system is deeply flawed. Still the teaching profession will not bow down to superior teaching methods that have stood the test of time, and produced some of the world’s brightest brains. If today’s teachers knew even half of what a teacher of my day knew of his subject, education would take a major step forward, but today its more a case of the blind leading the blind! Its a pity more parents don’t see this and demand action!

Roy.

2+2+5-7+3+4-8= ?

Posted in Britain, Children, England, English Schools, Europe, Parliament, Primary Education, Teens, UK with tags , , , , on 10/03/2012 by floroy1942

To most people a simple sum, the answer to which would be quickly worked out in the head, but sad to say, that is not true of everyone. According to the charity, National Numeracy (NN), at least half of adult Britons cannot do simple maths.

I have written many times in the past about the failing standards in British education, and this latest piece of news just about  proves what I have been saying. The NN figure of 17 million working age adults with poor numeracy is to say the least a national scandal. 

Essentials In Today's World

A Skills for Life survey questioned 7,000 16 to 65-year-olds, which revealed that almost half of the working age population has numeracy skills roughly the same as those expected of primary school children, and the proportion has risen (from 47% to 49%) in the last eight years, and in my view, this figure will get much higher as we see more of the children currently in school reach adulthood.

Our Hi-Tech World

The research shows clearly that the majority of adults have problems interpreting their pay slips and working out their tax returns. Also, without the aid of cash tills that automatically tell the cashier how much change to give, they are completely lost. Anyone who has a job that requires them to interpret graphs, charts and tables is hopelessly out of their depth.

Very few people will admit to having poor literacy skills, about 86%, but fewer, 49% are loath to tell you they are poor at maths. Many people these days are offering excuses for their deficiency by saying for example; “It’s genetic”  while some wear their lack of numeracy skills like a ‘badge of honour’.

On A Calculator Its So Easy

We have become so dependent on the electronic calculator that even simple math like the title cannot be done by most people without one. This is a shocking state of affairs!

If This Was Written By A Teacher I'm Not Surprised

So far as education is concerned, unfortunately we have a knock-on effect, for as each generation becomes more illiterate and numeracy challenged (politically correct),  so the teaching standards decline further. Its a true case of the blind leading the blind.

To break the cycle, the education authorities desperately need to set a high minimum standard of education for teachers, and train them to a level where they can actually do some good. This could well mean a teacher going back to school in their chosen subject for a minimum of two years. Only in this way can they learn what they should have learned during their time in ordinary school and teacher training.

Back When Teachers Knew Their Stuff!

In my day, every teacher needed to know the subjects he/she taught inside out. When kids asked a question of him/her they had the answer in their heads and didn’t need to consult a textbook like the idiots we have teaching today.

One thing is certain, the country cannot go on in this fashion, because we are getting to the stage where British people will become unemployable in today’s work place.

Pretty Soon Dole Queue's Will Be A Mile Long

After we led the world in innovation, industry and science for so many generations, it is indeed sad to see the rotten decay in our education system that has turned us into a nation of dunces! As I have often said, Tony Blair and his gang have a lot to answer for. It truly upsets me having to write so many negative posts about Britain these days, but from  my viewpoint, the whole country is going down the tubes at an ever-increasing rate.

We desperately need a government with the balls to sort out this mess (among others) and get the country back on its feet and give the people something to be proud of again. The trouble is, like most politicians these days, they are more worried about ‘staying in power at the next election’ than they are of making unpopular choices for the good of the country.

Modern Brit Caveman - Anno 2020

Perhaps it is time for a totally new political party to come along and start the ball rolling, because for sure we cannot rely on the current lot to do what is right, and to vote in the previous shower of crooks (i.e. Labour) will only accelerate the fall into the abyss. Pretty soon the British people will degenerate to the level of cavemen with houses and cars.

The effects of this debacle in education will have far reaching results for the entire country, for pretty soon we will be a generation of idiots with absolutely no prospects for a job, little or no engineering or scientific skills and a floundering manufacturing industry. We will become as useless to the modern technical world as the natives living in the jungles of the Amazon (no offence intended).

Incidentally, for those who are scratching their heads trying to work out the simple math problem displayed in the title, the answer is 1.

Roy.

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