Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Vulgarity in High Places

I've just read a news headline that says:
"Groping suspect says Trump said it was OK to grab women"
That was followed by a link to a video of the President discussing his carnal ambitions in lurid detail.

I can't think of anything more to say !! 

Monday, 22 October 2018

Bogus Arithmetic

What is 95% of a deal?

95% of the text?  95% of the cost?  95% of the time needed to make the deal?

I don't believe that any calculation supports the Prime Minister's claim to have completed 95% of a deal concerning our leaving the European Union. In making the claim she demonstrates little more than her poor understanding of percentages.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Oppressive Mis-Education.

The most miserable period of my life was three years from age 8 to10 when I attended a junior school which seemed to be designed to suppress original thought and self expression. A ferocious headmistress used to patrol the corridors, cane in hand, to ensure that no-one spoke while proceeding from room to room.

Moving to a grammar school was a great relief. There we could chatter as much as we chose between classes.

I've just been appalled to read that a secondary school in Birmingham is to impose a rule of silence in the corridors.

A school should be a place of learning where ideas are developed and exchanged, not a prison where unimaginative pedagogues suppress thought.