Wednesday, December 20, 2006

read the whole thing

A few selective quotes:

Last week a primary school teacher was sacked for telling her young class that Santa does not exist.

The supply teacher apparently decided the pupils - some as young as nine - were too old to believe in Father Christmas.

A governor said: 'It's not just Father Christmas that's the problem. We also have issues with things like the Tooth Fairy.

"It is like a loss of innocence. Children should have the right to stay innocent for as long as possible."

Sometimes I suspect the Mail is just one huge parody of itself. Unfortunately that wouldn't make any difference as the readers don't seem to notice...

Thursday, December 14, 2006

On the same subject...

I found this here:

Monday, December 11, 2006


There will hopefully be some more mathematical blogging soon, when I have time to write properly about this. But for now, a blogger's valiant attempt to teach primary-school maths to call centre staff:

G: [big sigh] Okay, I think I have to do this again. Do you recognize that there's a difference between one dollar and one cent?

A: Definitely.

G: Do you recognize there's a difference between half a dollar and half a cent?

A: Definitely

G: Then, do you therefore recognize there's a difference between .002 dollars and .002 cents

A: No.

G: No?

This goes on for about half an hour. Would you have the patience?

(also listen to the call here)