Modern Maths Teaching Is Making Children Mentally Ill

Common Core is the United States equivalent of the national curriculum, a progressive education policy designed to turn pupils in state schools into brainwashed retards. Sadly though some parts of the Common Core curriculum are more insane than others, the chief offender being that obsession of politicians and academics, the mathematics curriculum.

Now insanity and mathematics go hand in hand as any fule kno. Was there ever a maths teacher who was not stark raving bonkers? No, there wasn’t. You may occasionally come across a blogger who says, “but I had a great maths teacher who explained equations in a way that helped me make sense of life, the universe and everything.”

maths insaneA Common Core maths question (it’s genuine) designed to make pupils insane

You have not found someone who knew a sane maths teacher of course, you have merely found a blogger who was always more insane than maths teachers.

If you want to know how insane mathematics is and why it makes people insane, you need to read this:

Mathematics and reality

It proves that insane stuff makes erfect sense to mathematicians while reality confuses the crap out of them so much they just can’t cope.

here’s an example of the kind of insanity scholkids are being brainwashed with in the politicised progressive education systems run by the British and American governments.

from Natural News

If you look around America today, mathematical mental illness is found everywhere. It’s found in the federal budget, where numbers only mean what we are told they mean, not what they really mean. Mental illness is also found in medicine, where mentally ill victims of mercury in vaccines viciously attack parents who seek to protect their children from those very same vaccines. It’s also found in the new “Common Core” curriculum, spearheaded by the federal government, which seems intentionally designed to make children mentally ill and as confused as possible.

Case in point: See this homework assignment from an elementary school in New York. The “mathematics” exercise instructs children to “Draw the cubes you colored in the number bond” and then “Show the hidden partners on your fingers to an adult.”

The final instruction asks students to “Color the fingers you showed.”

You may have noticed this babble is but together by someone with severe learning difficulties, i.e. a maths teacher. To find out more about this insanity continue reading at Natural News

And here’s a chance to revisit our blog on an equally idiotic batch of insane technobabble generated by insane maths teachers: It’s Nineteen Eighty Effing Four In The Education System

Because I worked in computers people tend to assume I’m a whiz at maths. Actually, like many who were involved in business computing I’m crap at it, but this is due more to complete disinterest than lack of ability. To be good with computers you need to be good with logic which is not the same as being good at maths.

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The Pompous Toad

The Pompous Toad(a piece of whimsical verse dedicated to those attending the G20 conference )

A pompous toad squatted atop a large turd
believing it to be an ivory tower;
the absurd amphibian seldom deferred
to good sense, maintaining that pomp is power.
A passing terrapod astutely observed
that the toad owed his lofty position
not to reason, logic or rhetorical skill,
but a random act of excretion.
The toad, undeterred by a critical word
or the peril of his precarious situation
chose to pontificate and thus irritate
humbler creatures of similar station.

A warning word blurted might have averted
the disaster that was to befall
but though other creatures saw danger approach,
the toad had offended them all
Tired of being hectored and harangued
and lectured none felt inclined to help
when danger flew, by so they turned a blind eye
as an ignorant crow swooped down very low
and swallowed the toad in one gulp.

What I love about logic is it’s so illogical

The Barber Paradox

One of the most famous questions of 20th century philosophy is The Barber paradox, usually attributed to British philosopher Bertrand Russell. The Barber paradox highlights a fundamental problem in mathematics, exposing an inconsistency in the basic principles on which mathematics is founded. It seems strange to many that Russell, a thinker who devoted most of his early career to finding mathematical truths that provided annswers to the great philosophical question like “Where did we come from?” “Is there a God?” “Does life have any meaning?” and “Who put the bing in wallah wallah bing bong?”

In the latter part of his life however, Russell’s quest for the truth took him in another direction and one of the results of this is the logic problem of The Barber Paradox.

The question asks us to consider the following situation:

In a village, the barber shaves everyone who does not shave himself, but no one else.

Now we are asked to answer the question “Who shaves the barber?”

No matter how we try to answer this question we get into trouble (allegedly). If we say that the barber shaves himself, then we are in trouble. The barber shaves only those who do not shave themselves, so if he shaves himself then he doesn’t shave himself, which is self-contradictory.

If we say that the barber does not shave himself, problems arise from that. The barber shaves everyone who does not shave himself, so if he doesn’t shave himself then he shaves himself, which is again absurd.

Even if we try to get clever, saying that the barber is a woman, we do not evade the paradox. If the barber is a woman, then she either shaves herself (and so is one of the people not shaved by the barber), or does not shave herself (and so is one of the people shaved by the barber. You may note here a typical mathematician’s irrationality creeping in; a woman (unless she is Greek) does not need to shave her face and thus cannot be part of the logic problem.

Both cases, then, are impossible; the barber can neither shave himself nor not shave himself.

But what really makes Russell’s logic problem absurd is the ridiculous limits set on the logic.

It must have occurred to you all now that the barber had a beard.

Simples.

Psychic Power

This is not by best piece ever by a long way but I just had to write that headline.

Lancashire psychic Joe Power (see, I told you I had to write the headline) a wannabe celebrity psychic whose by line is (portentous chords) “He sees dead people didn’t see trouble coming his way from live(ish) people when he fell foul of the Merseyside Skeptics Society who question his claim to have supernatural abilities.

We’d love to be able to tell you Joe’s claim is actually true because he holds down a day job as a morgue attendant but we could get no information to back that up. We do have information on Merseyside Skeptics Society however. They are the arseholes who earlier this year staged a mass overdose protest against homeopathy. As we reported at the time the Merseyside Skeptics Society (calm down, calm down) got very excited about the sale of homeopathic remedies in Boots Chemist. To “prove” homeopathy is a fraud they gathered outside the Liverpool branch of Boots and drank amounts of homeopathic medicine that vastly exceeded the recommended dose. Then they didn’t die and claimed they had proved homeopathic remedies were useless despite the information on the remedies’ packaging clearly stating “There’s one born every minute,” and on the other side “Exceeding the recommended dose will not harm you.”

I would say the sceptics proved at least one claim made by homeopaths is true.

Back to Psychic Power however. He has alleged that Merseyside Skeptics Society have been conducting a campaign of harassment against him. Nonsense a spokesman for the sceptics said: All we have done is say his powers are mythical. Maybe the thkeptic thpokthperthon wath trying to say mystical but had a thpeech impediment. Could a psychics powers be mythical, like King Arthur or Robin Hood or Jason and the Argonauts? Is there anything in classical literature about The Mythical Mystic of Mykonos? No? Oh well, worth a try.

So in the end does Joe Power have the power? We don’t know, nor do we care much in fact we were happy to have never heard of him until the Merseyside Skeptics Society gave the life giving oxygen of free publicity to his career as the man who speaks to the dead.

The Sceptics on the other hand we have to feel sorry for. The irrational faith in reason and logic of people who go to great lengths and waste their hard earned proving something known to be harmless is actually harmless makes them sadder than the people who ask Psychic Power to contact Great Uncle Fred and ask him where he hid the keys to the safe deposit box. On the other hand if the sceptics really want to scupper Psychic Power’s career they could try putting a curse on him.

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The Logic Of Python

Before we hand over control of the blog to Lord Snooty And His Pals for the duration of the Conservative Party Conference we’d like to use today’s post in appreciation of Monty Python’s Flying Circus as we celebrate the show’s fortieth anniversary.

We will not be taking the Dead Parrot of New Labour back to the pet shop nor will we be crying “I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition when people ask what justification we have for being nasty to various branches of the Politically Correct Thought Police. Here are here to praise Python not to mimic them.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus was surely the most culturally significant television programme ever. How many times during my working life have I found myself while enduring a particularly dull management meeting thinking “I never wanted to be a management consultant, I wanted to be a lumberjack.”

How often as I delivered a particularly pointless PowerPoint presentation have I resisted the urge to adopt a silly voice and start talking about exploding squirrels.

Python was not so much a programme, more a way of life although that was actually the title of another 1960s sketch show. but you know what I mean.

For many years, working at a senior level in Information Systems, it seemed I was seldom involved in a conversation with colleagues that was not punctuated with references to Python, The Goons, Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy and the songs of Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. It was a secret code that said, “look we know we have to pretend but no sane person can take this management bullshit seriously.

Then a strange thing happened. The younger generation of managers were taking the bullshit seriously. They actually though phrases like “business process re-engineering” and “skills delivery systems” meant something.

What my generation had in common with the Python team, The Goodies, writers like Tom Sharpe, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett was that thanks to our exposure to “The Renaissance Education” we understood that everything is in fact insane. Start taking things seriously and you will go mad.

The kids coming out of the modern education system are indoctrinated with some strange ideas. Many of them believe we should live lives governed by logic and reason. They are convinced logic is infallible and machines will always be superior at thinking to us humans, just as soon that is, as us humans have actually managed to define what thinking is and programmed machines to do it.

People who entered career in computers, the industry of pure logic, in the 1960s and early 1970 were equipped to understand how illogical logic really is.

This perhaps explains why Python has remained so popular, it’s humour is logical in a completely illogical way.

Exactly like life really.

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