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    Default Stupid is as stupid does

    Read this on the BBC and had to comment ...it's funny in a sad kind of way.


    Nigerian houses swallowed by sand



    By Senan Murray
    BBC News website, Yobe State


    Ciroma Mohammed is standing on the spot he says was once occupied by his house in north-east Nigeria. "We lose houses to the desert every year," he says from the village of Bulamadu in Yobe State ...blah blah blah ....

    The villagers do not seem to see any link between their large appetite for firewood and the advancing sand dunes.

    They keep cutting down trees in the vicinity and using sun-dried branches as wood fuel or even as an income earner.


    Reminds me of a quote attributed to Einstein .

    " Nothing is fool proof, because fools are invincible and will always overcome in the end"


    Now some people will say "oh but wait this isn't funny those poor people it's not their fault"

    Bollocks..... How about his for a solution ....For every tree you chop down, plant another one...or better yet plant two....it's not rocket science.

    Cheers
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    Delightfully in need of some Tender Loving Care
    Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting
    Some things are not as they seem, nor are they otherwise

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    I suspect they are similar to Fijian culture. they do not make any connection between their actions and the consequences. They view the 2 in total isolation from each other

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    Is that the role of education - to show the link between actions and consequences?

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    Absolutely. Education, amongst other things, enables one to take different actions and achieve different outcomes or consequences, don't you think?

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    So why is our education system focused on 'no losers - everyones a winner' and doing away with exam pass/fails?
    Meanwhile our jails are filling up with people who don't realise the consequences of their actions.

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    Because you are telling yourself a story that is not true. OUr education system doesn't provide education. It is a socialist training ground that breeds failure by telling losers that they are winners and telling winners to be average. Calling something a school doesn't mean anybody gets educated.

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    I can't agree more with Deans last comment.

    I have a relative in the Exam checking team at a local school, they do a test run of say 20 exams and if the pass/fail ratio is not correct to national guidelines they change the question to make more of the incorrect answers into correct ones.

    This blew me away.

    What's wrong with these people?

    Steve
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    Any of the academics want to comment on this - Monid, SuperDad?
    Seems to be a general agreement that schools have been hijacked by the 'do gooders' and don't educate any more.

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    Exams are not about education, they never have been. They are an arbitrary way of restricting university entrants. The reason why the schools are poor educators is because of the focus on passing exams. As parents we demand this, but we also dont like to swallow the consequences.
    Perhaps we all need to take more responsibility for education rather than handing it over to the state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevegoodey View Post
    I can't agree more with Deans last comment.

    I have a relative in the Exam checking team at a local school, they do a test run of say 20 exams and if the pass/fail ratio is not correct to national guidelines they change the question to make more of the incorrect answers into correct ones.

    This blew me away.

    What's wrong with these people?

    Steve
    I think your relative has been drinking too much of the juice...

    How can you change a question to make more answers correct... tricky I think he is just being funny...

    They did use to mark papers up and down based on the averages back in the old days but it was a different marking system, they stopped doing that with the new NCEA system.


 

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