samedi 31 mai 2008

Brain download of shit

The upper clarses [sic] are on the offensive everywhere. Their system is now exposed as the inequallity generating starvation death machine that the left warned everyone it was - but they continue to vie for resources and to protect their own. In a small, stupid way Chris Parry self- styled chief executive of the Independent Schools Council has launched an attack on state education that illustrates this point clearly enough.

He is reported as saying that state school pupils could not be expected to get into top universities if they were bullied by classmates from "disadvantaged backgrounds" amongst other things ("There are too many leaders but not enough leadership, there are a lot of managers and not enough management. There aren't enough teachers, and aren't enough teachers in subjects we need. It's lacking human, material [and] financial resources."). And also that their parents were 'ignorant'. I say.

Of course, one doesn't look to dickheads from the Independent sector for an accurate picture of state schooling. It is obvious enough that there is a massive class bias in education at all levels, but the reasons for this are far from being purely educational. The disadvantage starts long before pupils get to the school gates, of course. So this load of cam is just cheap publicity for the sorry load of private schools that collabos send their offspring to. There can be no argument for the existence of an independent schooling sector, but competition for scarce educational resources is tough and so this Parry snout has to oink loud and clear to his market share about what is really at stake - i.e. get little Lucinda, Porche, Tristran and Victor away from these frightful hoi-poloi, give them that life long lasting of social superiority and educate them beyond their intelligence and get them into Oxbridge.......

After this pile of arsewash, Parry goes all scifi. He thinks that in the future, there will be no need for lessons as "Within 30 years, sitting down and learning something will be a thing of the past, I think people will be able to directly access, Matrix-style, all the vocabulary you need for a foreign language, leaving you just to clear up the grammar." and that ". . ."It's a very short route from wireless technology to actually getting the electrical connections in your brain to absorb . . .knowledge." .

Firsth thought is, what a load of shit. It's just like all the promises in the seventies about electricity being so cheap in the future that it won't be worth metering it (see below). 'It's a very short route'!? Someone's being at the catnip here. The Matrix was a fantasy - when David Icke came out with similar nonsense (all that stuff about Lizard-men) , he got (rightly) ridiculed in public for it.

Second thought is that this is a pure capitalist fantasy and one that reveals the thinking behind the upper classes faceless facade. Want to play the piano? No need for all that work and effort - just pop a pill and play Chopin instantly! Converse with your Chinese customers via internet and mind meld - just swallow this transmitter device and speak Manderin like a native! It's pure capitalism because the bourgoisie don't want to have to bother with all that grubby work. Getting tutors and teachers for off-spring is all too vulgar and time consuming. These hallucinatory flights of fantasy show how far removed the ruling classes have become from the social milieu 'around' them. Education, at root, is a social exercise. It is a process that is inextricably linked to the social context of its practitioners and participants. The idea of a short cut individualistic route to knowledge (and in the form of a pharmaceutical fix, as if 'ignorance' were some kind of contageous disease caught from the 'smelly rabble') exposes the cold logic of ahuman capitalistism and its willing collaborators of which Parry is but one insignificant but indicative little fleck.

Thirdly, this ties in queasily with the piece of "research" carried out by the evolutionary psychiatrist (see below) from Newcastle University that said people from 'lower' down the social scale are basically thick and therefore don't deserve to go to University. If I was of a paranoid disposition, I'd think that the upper classes had a chip on their shoulder about education and educational resources and that they're prepared to use any amount of slander, fantasy and bogussery to justify their unearnt advantages. . .

This Parry fella would be rewarded with the REL Wanker of the Week - but Blair has already one that, once again, this time with his 'uniting faith' bollocks (see below).