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#1 bankfeeder

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:57 AM

....says a new charity launched to champion better maths skills.

The group, National Numeracy, says millions of people struggle to understand a payslip or a train timetable, or pay a household bill.

Government figures show almost half the working population of England have only primary school maths skills.


http://www.bbc.co.uk...cation-17224600

And the other third aren't much cop.

I expect it's all that music and movement and 60's trained teachers who thought that expressing yourself was really important.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:04 AM

They don't want people to have good numeracy, they'd then understand the stupidity of the economy.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:07 AM

Deliberate policy. The last thing you want is an educated populace when you're trying to build a nation of debt slaves.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:35 AM

What? You mean being creative isn't the true grit you need as an entrepreneur?

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:01 AM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-17224600

And the other third aren't much cop.

I expect it's all that music and movement and 60's trained teachers who thought that expressing yourself was really important.


They will come up with all sorts of tosh as to why there are so many unemployed, they know what the real reason is and that is that the country is saturated with people of working age for the jobs that the country has, and it is only going to get worse as mass immigration is allowed to carry on and the retirement age is increased.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:11 AM

They will come up with all sorts of tosh as to why there are so many unemployed, they know what the real reason is and that is that the country is saturated with people of working age for the jobs that the country has, and it is only going to get worse as mass immigration is allowed to carry on and the retirement age is increased.




Is there a Godwin's equivalent for blaming immigrants?

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:11 AM

You only have to look at the number of people arguing that "the banks need to start lending" to realise that there's only a small percentage of the population who actually understand numeracy/economics. Most just trust the opinions of those that fit with their desires. Hence they listen to the property VIs because they are promising the golden goose, houses never loose value and you can sell up and retire on your the value of your home. They never ask where will they be living when they retire on their "pension".

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:21 AM

Is there a Godwin's equivalent for blaming immigrants?

He posited three reasons, you picked on one of them.



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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:42 AM

Headline on the BBC this morning said "Half of adults only have the maths skills of a primary school pupil"

Now maybe I'm one of those who is bad at maths but surely if half the adult population has the maths skills of a primary school pupil then they also have the maths skills of an average adult?
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:45 AM

Headline on the BBC this morning said "Half of adults only have the maths skills of a primary school pupil"

Now maybe I'm one of those who is bad at maths but surely if half the adult population has the maths skills of a primary school pupil then they also have the maths skills of an average adult?




QED, lower the school leaving age to 11?

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:53 AM

Headline on the BBC this morning said "Half of adults only have the maths skills of a primary school pupil"

Now maybe I'm one of those who is bad at maths but surely if half the adult population has the maths skills of a primary school pupil then they also have the maths skills of an average adult?


Primary school pupils in the UK have the maths skills of half the adult population!

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:54 AM

http://www.bbc.co.uk...cation-17224600

And the other third aren't much cop.

I expect it's all that music and movement and 60's trained teachers who thought that expressing yourself was really important.


The Daily Mash have covered this story too.
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:59 AM

Is there a Godwin's equivalent for blaming immigrants?


Is there a Godwin's equivalent for blaming someone for blaming immigrants when they were actually blaming immigration policy?

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:20 AM

Immigration has been a problem but now in recent threads about the mini-slums in England, it seems that the wheels are falling off for mass immigration when the menial work has dried up and illegal immigrants who are now homeless or in garage hovels are now WANTING TO GO BACK TO THEIR HOMELANDS (another bubble bursting).

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:26 AM

How many understand the concept of compound interest on a loan?




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