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The position is similar in the UK. The oft quoted “in the interests of the child” is widely claimed.
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First, an article on choice and quality in education, with reference to computer modelling by Nechyba.
Here is a useful report of a speech by Nechbya.
Several papers by a worker in research into market issues in education can be found within Harvard University’s site.
Fernandez and Rogerson draw attention to the fact that ‘children’ cannot borrow against future earnings in order to fund their education, and highlight this situation as a market failure.
you may find more relating to this problem in Franchise
by examination education and intelligence, where I pose the question,
“Who owns the child?”
You are being manipulated, ever wondered why??
Have More Teen Pregnancy
Matthew Parris on confusing single parenthood and poverty, and stigmatising those already with problems. [Times, 21.09.02]
Viable economically independent #8216;work#8217; is ever less available to the uneducated.
A citizen#8217;s wage is a necessity in the changing world.
Now some facts that you are not told by the daily slime: (U.S. figures...)
Information taken from chapter four of The Culture of Fear
by Barry Glassner (Basic Books, 1999, 0465014909, US $15.
When will politicians start to tell the truth?
men top husband stakes
guys get the girls
And if all that wasn’t unfair enuf...
Is your nose average enough?
Stop worrying about iraq, find a really interesting worry.
Two women who want to get pregnant via IVF treatment, and are launching
an unprecedented court action to prevent their former partners destroying
their frozen fertilised embryos. Both relationships have ended since the
embryos were stored, and the men involved have decided that they no longer
want their former partners to have their babies. The women now claim that
the law covering such IVF treatment, which insists on the explicit prior
consent of both parties, is an infringement of their human rights.
epidemic’ hyped up by media
the numbers of children being abducted are reducing, but the press and media know what sells newspapers. But such behaviour does not serve public education and rational behaviour.
Language is not enough, but it is almost certainly part of the foundation
of the difference between the intelligence of other monkeys and of humans.
maths anybody....this must be seen to be ‘appreciated’....
example of the ‘original’
here are neat photos of Abelard’s grave—how boring, no windows!
but this is a real fun site for the otherwise humoured. Think of your hero/ine and find a piccy of their bone house—hours of endless fun—well, at least ten minutes.
glory wot is out there on the ocean of the net.
see if your grave stone is listed yet, just to see if you are still with us.....
“Here’s looking at you
ever heard of the word cremains! I wonder if it’s the first of April and I didn’t notice, or perhaps the pope has decided to steal some more days (if you don’t follow, look up Pope Gregory the thirteenth).
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quietly plotting behind the innocuous screen called fpc, otherwise known as the foreign policy centre, are
the fpc site:
note that to read about this manoeuvering of ‘your’ government will cost you at least £16, that is if you were ever to find out about this little backwater of intrigue......ab
“Winning the euro referendum is the most detailed analysis yet of public opinion and the Euro. A host of experts probe the true state of public opinion, draw lessons from other referendums across the EU and work out what arguments work with different sectors of society,” runs the blurb. “The most detailed blueprint to date on ways and means of winning the euro referendum” Matthew d’Ancona, The Sunday Telegraph.
in other words, don’t be honest and open. give a different message to each audience, as you try to con them into getting your way. don’t attempt to generate a rational case and argue it in public, because in the case of emu, that simply cannot be done....ab
best modern book i know on manipulating public opinion is behind
the oval office by dick morris. this is way the best of his books
that i have seen; his others which i have looked at i regard as shallow
commentary by abelard
In current society, optimal IQ is probably no higher than ~160 (sd 15) or ~1 person in 2000 (in Mensa terms that would be ~200 ‘IQ’). That is, bright enuf to be cleverer than most people around, but still in contact with most ‘normal’ people in the society.
It gets very difficult to relate, if one is sane, to a society that is not sane; this is particularly a problem when one is young. Consider a child that is in an age-based class, but who is as knowledgeable at 8 as a 16 year-old. Imagine that many teachers are not entirely secure ego-wise and that frequently the 8 year-old knows better than teacher. The teacher often does not like being corrected in front of class by an 8 year-old. The simplisms of a world view, suited to ‘normal’ 8 year olds, easily rankles the much better-educated 8 year-old, let alone them suffering the crushing boredom and time wasting inherent in attempting to learn in such an environment.
Much socialisation is learnt as a child, a great deal of that in interaction with contemporaries. A seriously intelligent and able child in this position can not relate as a peer to such children. Even in highly selective schools, such a child is unlikely ever to meet an age peer; even at ~160 IQ it is becoming a marginal chance (remember 1:2000). That makes it difficult for such children to fit in as adults, because they haven’t developed fully functional coping strategies.
Often such children play the clown, or attempt to hide their ability. It is further not uncommon for them to start well, sailing through a curriculum with little or no effort —thus they often can learn habits of laziness. Steadily, the work gets just that little harder; but the inclination to work has been dulled or, even, the realisation that such effort is needed has not been formed. Thence the brighter child often starts to fall behind, losing foundation information which makes regaining ground ever more difficult. Having been ahead, the tortoises gradually overtake them, yet once more the social tools to correct the difficulties are not available. Embarrassment at showing they do not know, having previously being well ahead, leads the child to hide their problem, and, of course, being bright, they can become rather good at that counter-productive skill; whereas teachers will often overlook such problems, due to their poor training. After all, the child who does not know must be dull, it is hardly likely to be a teacher problem!
‘Too much’ ability is also widely not welcomed in groups of adults. If you study serious innovators, you will find very large numbers of them did not adjust well and that, often, they were not exactly appreciated in their societies while they were still living. Such people threaten power structures and status quo. They’re just fine as heroes when they are good and ded. But most adult groups do not want a colleague who can easily out compete them for top jobs.
For educating young children, see also laying the foundations for sound education.
For more on IQ and statistics, see
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