#### Prometheus

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I just finished reading a fantastic education-related article (it's about the British education system, so its insights may or may not be applicable to the countries of our non-British members ). It's located here, and I strongly recommend that everyone with even the slightest interest in giving future generations the chances they deserve give it a read.

It's about the standards of education evident from an ancient exercise book and various paraphernalia that belonged to a woman named Fannie Bryant (the article cites her name as "Bryan", but one of the comments, from someone whose grandparents knew her in her old age, states that it's actually Bryant). The exercise book covers lessons taught to her in 1898 and 1899, when she was nine and ten years of age respectively, in classrooms containing many pupils, and it is quite humbling to see the comparison between the standards in education back then and the standards in "education" right now.

I was actually shocked to see the article mention that many kids these days struggle with books as simple as Treasure Island, Black Beauty, and so on, as well as more modern (but equally enjoyable) tales like those told by the Harry Potter series. I found the likes of Treasure Island, The Hobbit, and suchlike, to be very simple reading as a nine-or-so-year-old, and I feel that it's downright tragic that kids these days aren't able to enjoy them as I got to.

I found the whole article a bit nostalgic, really (aside from the tragic parts), as I was lucky enough to have some old-fashioned teachers who stuck to the old ways, rather than the "It's ok if you can't spell, as long as we know what you mean" wooliness* that's been undermining the chances of youngsters for at least as long as I've been alive, if not a bit longer.

*("Txtspk" is accepted in examinations, here, for example, and the sorts of mathematical puzzles I was expected to work out at nine or ten years of age are now put amongst the "difficult" ones given to sixteen-year-olds in exams.)

Anyway, yes - give the article a read and see what you make of it. (And I dare you not to find the ostrich smile-worthy.)

It's about the standards of education evident from an ancient exercise book and various paraphernalia that belonged to a woman named Fannie Bryant (the article cites her name as "Bryan", but one of the comments, from someone whose grandparents knew her in her old age, states that it's actually Bryant). The exercise book covers lessons taught to her in 1898 and 1899, when she was nine and ten years of age respectively, in classrooms containing many pupils, and it is quite humbling to see the comparison between the standards in education back then and the standards in "education" right now.

I was actually shocked to see the article mention that many kids these days struggle with books as simple as Treasure Island, Black Beauty, and so on, as well as more modern (but equally enjoyable) tales like those told by the Harry Potter series. I found the likes of Treasure Island, The Hobbit, and suchlike, to be very simple reading as a nine-or-so-year-old, and I feel that it's downright tragic that kids these days aren't able to enjoy them as I got to.

I found the whole article a bit nostalgic, really (aside from the tragic parts), as I was lucky enough to have some old-fashioned teachers who stuck to the old ways, rather than the "It's ok if you can't spell, as long as we know what you mean" wooliness* that's been undermining the chances of youngsters for at least as long as I've been alive, if not a bit longer.

*("Txtspk" is accepted in examinations, here, for example, and the sorts of mathematical puzzles I was expected to work out at nine or ten years of age are now put amongst the "difficult" ones given to sixteen-year-olds in exams.)

Anyway, yes - give the article a read and see what you make of it. (And I dare you not to find the ostrich smile-worthy.)

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