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by Jimbo
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Must monsters always be male?
Replies: 1
Views: 1546

Re: Must monsters always be male?

Hi James, My short answer is: only where competition in education is illegal would one have to fret about monsters. The question of how good or bad a school's curriculum is only has real meaning when you can answer the question: Compared to what? The decision-making, when decentralized, would make t...
by Jimbo
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Illiteracy and Democracy
Replies: 1
Views: 1093

Re: Illiteracy and Democracy

“In 2017, the fastest growing economies are for the most part not free-market democracies” This is true but 'free-market democracy' is a contradiction in terms. Because most people have capitulated to the notion that the pen(the sword/gun) is mightier than the feet. Free Markets *are* democracies, b...
by Jimbo
Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Hello again...
Replies: 3
Views: 1587

Re: Hello again...

Thanks for your responses, Jim and Debbie. Yes, Debbie, it has been a while. I think my views have evolved since I was last a regular contributor on the forum. I'm very much more pro-free market these days, having pushed the limits of my peripheral vision, and hence nothing is off the table, as far ...
by Jimbo
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Hello again...
Replies: 3
Views: 1587

Hello again...

Hi everyone,

Hopefully there are a few who remember me. It's been while since I participated in the RRF forum.

Thought I drop by and hopefully get a high-level overview of what's been happening since I last posted... hm... a few years ago. Don't recall exactly when. Perhaps 2011/12.

Jim
by Jimbo
Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dyslexia
Replies: 5
Views: 1632

Re: Dyslexia

... shrinkage in the arcuate fasciculus, the part of the brain that processes word sounds and language, could be one of the condition's contributory factors. Or it(shrinkage) could be one of the condition's consequences.... ... so long as we are clear about the fact that, despite the use of unfamil...
by Jimbo
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:35 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dyslexic overachievers
Replies: 3
Views: 1642

Re: Dyslexic overachievers

If you take away the gift of reading, you create the gift of listening. If you bomb a city, you leave behind death and destruction. But you create a community of remote misses.
Wow! :shock:
by Jimbo
Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ADHD Drugs Don't Boost Kids' Grades
Replies: 8
Views: 2973

Re: ADHD Drugs Don't Boost Kids' Grades

The words 'diagnosis' and 'disease' cannot apply to bad or unwanted behaviour... at least not until a biological test has objectively confirmed the presence of a disease. Even then the terms apply only to the cause of the behaviour, not the behaviour itself. Modern medicine has fallen prey to politi...
by Jimbo
Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: UK sixth in new global league table
Replies: 2
Views: 1490

UK sixth in new global league table

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/uk-educat ... 00692.html

Jimbo
by Jimbo
Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Affirmative action
Replies: 5
Views: 1729

Re: Affirmative action

Hi Derrie, My point is the legitimacy of the role of the government in employers' decisions to hire suitable employees. This term 'Social mobility' is newspeak for a manufactured need for more government intervention. The office of the government has a tendency to attract individuals who need the re...
by Jimbo
Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:33 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Affirmative action
Replies: 5
Views: 1729

Re: Affirmative action

Affirmative action seems to me to be a politically correct term.... used to euphemize forcing someone to choose according to your preferences, whilst shielding yourself from the potential negative effects, at the expense of a third party. The effect is to increase the size of the pool of the incompe...
by Jimbo
Sun May 13, 2012 8:12 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: China: The world's cleverest country?
Replies: 26
Views: 4118

Re: China: The world's cleverest country?

While I remain cautious of all claims, I think there is something here worth investigating further. PISA's criteria for critical thinking would indeed be an interesting one to investigate further. In my view, there are a few things one should expect to see once a country's(*any* country's) educatio...
by Jimbo
Fri May 11, 2012 9:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: China: The world's cleverest country?
Replies: 26
Views: 4118

Re: China: The world's cleverest country?

These tests, held every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, measure pupils' skills in reading, numeracy and science.
Is there a test for measuring skills in critical thinking?
by Jimbo
Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: ADHD research
Replies: 10
Views: 1457

Re: ADHD research

Thanks for the links Jim and Susan. Ahhh... a genetic link. You can almost feel the burden lifting. I don't mean to trivialise the pain and distress genetic problems can cause. But that is not what this is about. Genetics is being used here as a means of keeping problems outside of the arena of pers...
by Jimbo
Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:30 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: please please help
Replies: 2
Views: 1208

Re: please please help

Hi Charlie, As far as what Synthetic Phonics is, there is a Wikipedia article which, though it needs a little updating according to the wikipedia guidelines, will at least succinctly layout what Synthetic Phonics is and what it is not. The article was compiled by me with the guidance of senior membe...
by Jimbo
Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:57 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ofsted says SEN label applied too widely
Replies: 17
Views: 2177

Re: Ofsted says SEN label applied too widely

Good article that (eclipse of the SEN). Some good comments, too. It's good to see the light is being brought to bear on what Susan quite rightly refers to as bad science. That's exactly what it is. And it applies equally in Education and in Medicine in this case. What I find interesting is how the b...