Re: Boily boys
- From: Gordon H <Gordon_News@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2010 15:44:59 +0100
In message <DcHxzKEl1DLMFwD2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, james <james@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes
The fine weather has brought out a motley collection of strangely behaved village kiddiwinks eager to leap into the swimming pool. We prefer them to always be accompanied by their parents rather than have to act as child minders.You have described accurately the problem with our society.
Doubtless my observations about the different attitudes to honesty and dishonesty between privately educated children and state educated kids will provoke all manner of outrage emotions in the breasts of the cognitively challenged but please remember that I didn't start the fire. Firstly the parents of comp kids seem to take little interest in the safety or well-being their kids and rarely accompany them. Small wonder that we often read about feral kids being raped or murdered or both and we wonder what the hell they were doing out in the early hours.
My dear wife is a retired teacher who occasionally helps out with supply days at schools she approves of. Over 40 years experience has equipped her admirably for identifying educational variations. Accents are the usual giveaway. One can be forgiven for thinking that the comp sprogs receive special electrocution lessons in larding their conversations with 'basicallys' and 'stuff like that' with plenty of 'likes' and 'know wot I means?' thrown in. What little communication skills they've been taught usually fall apart when they presented with the onerous problem of sending an SMS.
In other words they are not taught to speak or communicate properly and as result are not taught to think properly. Being unable to distinguish truth from lies gives the comprehensive kids real problems that are going to dog them for the rest of their working lives.
Presented with a new chip on the block my wife always asks if they can swim. 'Yes' is the standard answer trotted out by the comps. It rarely seems to occur to them that untruthful replies will catch them out quicker than boiled asparagus. My wife's: 'Okay. Let's see you swim a length' request is often met by blizzard of quick-pricked porkies. 'Well I could swim, but I've forgotten.', 'I haven't had a chance to practice.', 'What with my feet off the bottom?' Non-swimmers have to be sent home, often after treating us to some abuse.
By contrast the privately educated kids have been taught a homing smidgeon of philosophy and know that truth is usually the best option. If they're honest and provided there's enough space on the CCTV camera's SD card, they might get a swimming lesson.
There's a scarcity of jobs for school-levers even here in the lush green pastures of Volvoed bonus belt Surrey. Yet the kids from private schools get snapped up pretty smartish into plum jobs.
Uncomfortable hard-to-face facts, I know, but please don't blame me for starting fires or clipping sanity clauses.
The best chance of a decent education and success in our materialistic world is to have wealthy parents, however dumb the child.
The new proposed two-level scheme will exacerbate the situation, because the best schools will suck up the money and the local authority in poorer areas will have to cope with reduced funds and an even higher proportion of difficult pupils rejected by the cherry-picking colleges.
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