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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!


Raising A Generation Of Whimps!

Posted in America, Britain, Child Discipline, Children, English Schools, Modern World, News, Teen alcohol abuse, Teens, UK with tags , , , , on 07/06/2015 by floroy1942
Cheltenham Ladies' College

Cheltenham Ladies’ College

I could hardly believe what I was reading when a news report said that Cheltenham Ladies’ College, a girls school in Cheltenham, was considering dropping homework for students over the next five years because it was causing them depression. Instead they would get weekly meditation classes.

I have always maintained that if you pay proper attention in school, instead of, for example, writing text messages under the desk, you will learn all you need to learn. But, I do have to say that teachers today leave a lot to be desired in their methods. In my day, if you didn’t understand something you held up your hand and the teacher would explain until it was as clear as glass. Nowadays, many teachers don’t take the time to explain things to those pupils who don’t fully understand, and that is presuming they know enough about their subject to be able to.

Sir Anthony Seldon, Headmaster At Wellington College In Berkshire

Sir Anthony Seldon, Headmaster At Wellington College In Berkshire

Sir Anthony Seldon, headmaster at Wellington College in Berkshire, said in an interview that “mental health is a massive problem in Britain in schools and universities”. He said it was good the school was doing something about the problem, but doubted if banishing homework was the answer. He went on, “Life is stressful. Adult life is stressful, so unless we teach them to cope with that we’re not going to prepare them to cope in the adult world. That’s what schools are about – helping children learn to become adults, to learn to take responsibility themselves, rather than pampering young people.” Oh how right you are Sir!

Many people today are unable to handle even a little stress, and that is mostly due to their upbringing, or more likely, lack of it. Most children today are spoiled rotten by their parents, but when they get introduced to life’s problems they have no clue on how to handle it, and before anyone mentions it, I know there are exceptions, but the majority of youth can’t handle real life when they grow up because they have not been shown how to.



The main problem with kids today is that they get everything handed to them on a plate. When they cannot get what they want, like a laptop or the latest mobile phone they sulk and get depressed. Most often they cry  “All my friends have one. Why can’t I?” This philosophy has many drawbacks, for firstly it does not teach them the value of anything, and secondly can cause the deep depression that so often leads to drugs, and/or alcohol abuse.

Headteacher Eve Jardine-Young of the Cheltenham School said the average age at which depression was first diagnosed had fallen from 29 in the 1960s to 15-and-a-half early this century. She said, “What we’ve been reflecting on a lot in the last few years are the big national trends and international trends in the worsening states of adolescent mental health. We’ve created this epidemic of anxiety for ourselves as a society, and if our obligation as educators is to try to the best of our ability to set young people up as best we can for whatever the future may hold, then to ignore this whole area or to trivialize it is really irresponsible.”

This Is No Way To Escape Facing Real Life

Binge-Drinking – This Is No Way To Escape Facing Real Life

Personally, I doubt that stopping homework is going to cure the problem, for all it will do is make these youngsters less likely to use their brains and increase their desire for ‘an easy life’. Young people today have no idea whatsoever of what they will have to face when they eventually leave school and have to work for a living.

This is one reason for the drug epidemic we have today. Instead of having the mental strength to face what life throws at us they turn to the only escape they know, drugs, or in many other cases, alcohol. Go through many towns and cities in Britain on a Friday or Saturday night, and you will find many teens comatose on the pavement or getting into a fight on the streets. For them alcohol is an escape from the problems of living in today’s society, but in the long term it does not help.

Teachers Need To Interact More With Their Pupils

Teachers Need To Interact More With Their Pupils

As a parent it is your responsibility to educate your children in such a way that they can understand that life does not hand them everything they wish for. Naturally the schools are part of this process, for children need to know that they must work hard to get what they want, and it begins with a good education. Teachers must be able to spot those having trouble with the lesson material and do all they can to make them understand.

If the children/teenagers are getting depressed because they cannot handle homework then the answer is not to stop it, but to make them understand that it is an essential part of their education. It will make them think, and use their brains to come up with the correct answers.

Life As A Teen Is One Big Party - But Wait Until The Crunch Comes!

Life As A Teen Is One Big Party – But Wait Until The Crunch Comes!

If I went to work and was feeling somewhat depressed I would not expect my boss to say, “It’s OK Roy. Take a couple of days off until you feel better!” Ha! Fat chance of that happening. Life today is full of pitfalls and traps that can cause people to feel insecure, but you must have the mental strength to overcome these problems and move on. Something today’s generation seems to be lacking.

The sad thing is, as we move forward in time and these youngsters have children of their own, the problem will get even worse because they will have no idea on how to handle such a situation with their own children because their parents let them down.

It's Time For Parents To Take An Active Interest In Their Children

It’s Time For Parents To Take An Active Interest In Their Children

If you wish to bring a new life into the world then you must be prepared to guide them as they grow up, and teach them that life is not the proverbial ‘bowl of cherries’ by preparing them for the hardships of becoming an adult. Teach them to recognize right from wrong, teach them that to get anywhere in today’s world you must have knowledge and be ready to work hard. Most of all, teach them that drugs and alcohol are not an escape from life’s problems.

I think that unless something drastic is done to educate our children in the correct way, and prepare them properly for adulthood, we are headed for major problems in the future. May God help us all.


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!


I thought all angels were cute!


So that’s where lap dancers come from!


The doctor has a cure for that!


So that’s why the Earth has no balls!

History 2

I hope she tasted good!


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.





A Mathematical Projection of How Things Were, Are, and Will Be!

Posted in Britain, Children, English Schools, Modern World, Primary Education, Primary Schools with tags , , , , , , , , on 17/09/2009 by floroy1942

Jokes are continually passed from one to another on the e-mail circuit, but sometimes a gem comes along that is really a veiled image of the truth. My Brother passed this one on to me, and reading it, I found it quiet indicative of the way life has changed in England over the past thirty years.

Progress in Teaching Maths.

Teaching maths in 1970

A logger sells a truckload of timber for £100. His production cost is 4/5 of the price.

Assignment: What is his profit?

Teaching Maths In 1980

A logger sells a truckload of timber for £100. His production cost is 80% of the price.

Assignment: What is his profit?

Teaching Maths In 1990

A logger sells a load of timber for £100. His production cost is £80.

Assignment: What was was his profit?  

Teaching Maths In 2000

A logger sells a truckload of timber for £100.

His cost of production is £80 and his profit is £20.

Assignment: Underline the number 20.

Teaching Maths In 2005

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate, and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands.

Assignment: Discuss how the birds and squirrels might feel as the logger cuts down their homes for a measly profit of £20.

Teaching Maths In 2009

A logger is arrested and fined £100 for trying to cut down a tree in case it may be offensive to Muslims or other religious groups.

He is also fined a £100 because his chainsaw is in breach of Health and Safety legislation, and is deemed too dangerous and could cut something. He has used the chainsaw for over 20 years without incident, however, he does not have the correct Certificate of Competence, and is therefore considered to be a recidivist and habitual criminal.

His DNA is sampled, and his personal details circulated throughout all government agencies. He protests and is taken to court and fined another £100 because he is such an easy target.

When released, he returns to find Gypsies have cut down half his wood to build a camp on his land. He tries to throw them off, but is prosecuted for harassing an ethnic minority, imprisoned, and fined a further £100.

While he is in jail, the Gypsies cut down the rest of his wood and sell it on the black market for £100 cash. They also have a BBQ of squirrel and pheasant, and depart leaving behind several tonnes of rubbish.

Upon release from prison, the forester is warned that failure to clear the fly tipped rubbish immediately at his own expense is an offence. He complains and is arrested for environmental pollution, breach of the peace, and invoiced £12,000 plus VAT for safe disposal by a regulated government contractor.

Assignment: How many times is the logger going to be arrested and fined before he realises that he is never going to make £20 profit by hard work, give up, sign on the dole and live off the state for the rest of his life?

Teaching Maths In 2010

A logger can’t sell a lorry load of timber because he can’t get a loan to buy a new lorry. His bank has spent all his, and their, money buying derivatives of securitised debt related to sub-prime mortgages in Alabama.

They lost the lot, with only some government money left to pay a few million pound bonuses to their senior directors and the traders, who made the biggest losses.

The logger struggles to pay the £1,200 road tax on his old lorry however, as it was built in the 1970s, it no longer meets the emissions regulations and he is forced to scrap it.

Some Bulgarian loggers buy the lorry from the scrap merchant and put it back on the road. They undercut everyone on price for haulage and send their cash back home, while claiming unemployment for themselves and their relatives. When questioned, they speak no English and it is easier to deport them at the governments expense. Following their holiday back home, they return to the UK with different names and fresh girls and start again.

The logger protests, is accused of being a bigoted racist, and as his name is on the side of his old lorry he is forced to pay £1,500 registration fees as a gang master.

The Government borrows money to pay more to the bankers, who take it as bonus’s. The parliamentarians feel they are missing out and claim their share on expenses and allowances.

You do the maths!!!

Teaching Maths In 2017

أ المسجل تبيع حموله شاحنة من الخشب من اجل 100 دولار . صاحب تكلفة الانت =D 8 ج منالثمن

This is a prime indication of how firstly, between the 70’s and 2000, teaching standards dropped, with the inevitable result that exam pass rates fell significantly. The Ministry of Education reacted in a predictable way, by making the exams easier.

Secondly, from 2000 onwards, it epitomises the ever increasing influence of immigrants, minority groups, and the ‘Pat me on the back, I LOVE immigrants’ Brigade.

I like the joke, if it wasn’t so typical it would be funny. As it is, the hidden message is quite sad to say the least.

This is the reason 97% of students pass GCSE with a grade between A  and C today!

Will the last Englishman to leave the country please turn out the lights! (I think I said that already!)


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