Author: Shiimoe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2022 21:10:36 +0100
added blogpost about schools
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+title: Something about Selective Schools
+published: 2022-08-15 21:00:00
+For some reason we now live in a society (le funny), where no one is allowed
+to fail, and as a consequence of that, no one is allowed to succeed either.
+And I'm not talking about stupid boomercore participation trophies,
+no one cares about the primary school egg and spoon race.
+For the past 50 years it has been the goal of every government (because
+they're all the same anyway) to drag everyone down to the same miserable level.
+Nowhere is this more evident than in the schooling system (yes, I just
+read The Abolition of Britain) with the destruction of Grammar Schools.
+Before the old Tripartite System was scrapped there were over 1,200 Grammar
+Schools in the UK that were fully state-funded, around a quarter of children
+went to a Grammar School. Compare that to today, where only 163
+fully state funded Grammar Schools remain (see the map).
+What is a child to do in Norwich if *he* wants a decent education?
+The only options of course are to attend a fee paying school (and forever
+having to be embarrassed about your parents wanting you to get a good
+education, although it *is* funny when privately educated people end up in the
+same position as a lowly comprehensive goer, all that money for nothing, but
+anyway, I digress) or to live in an expensive area where the quality of
+schooling is better, neither of which are in the control of the child.
+The reasoning behind the destruction of selective schooling, was due to the
+panic over how Secondary Moderns graduates (the equivalent of modern
+non-selective comprehensives) had worse fiscal outcomes than those who
+attended Grammar Schools (what a shocker). It's seen as an injustice that
+people may naturally have different abilities, and as such may have different
+outcomes in life. It would have been much harder to improve the outcome of
+those attending Secondary Moderns than it was to simply destroy
+Grammar Schools instead. Not that they would ever reach the same levels.
+There is a desire to ensure that even those who don't want to pass exams leave
+school with a C in English and maths (although they never do, not that it's
+the fault of the school, horse, water, etc.) and in doing so resources are
+taken away from those who actually want them. They cannot fail at all costs,
+doing so would enforce the fact that we are not equal, and bring down
+credentialism. If you don't have a GCSE in maths, how do we know that you can
+count? No English GCSE? Sorry, you can't man the cash register.
+Many people who did not try in school are now unfortunately being
+blocked from other opportunities in life, because their employer needs to know
+that when they were 16 they remembered how to do basic trigonometry.
+The sad fact is many
+people take pride in being uneducated retards (not that much of what you learn
+in school is even worth learning), failing
+every single GCSE (when all you need to do is be able to write your name on
+the paper) is almost worn as a badge of honour.
+Surely it would make more sense for the top 10% to be given special attention,
+which they will actually make
+use of, than for the bottom 10%, the majority of which don't actually want
+The same is happening to universities, Blair wanted 50% of all young people to
+go to university (and he got his wish), of course new universities had to be
+created for this to happen. To no one's surprise they're not up to the same
+standard as the one's before. If they were, and as such had the same entry
+requirements, they wouldn't be able to fill their places. It was not as if
+there just weren't enough places for people to attend university, it was that
+a large chunk of people weren't smart enough to get in to begin with, only
+after the polytechnics were destroyed (thank you Major), did enough
+sub-standard places open for those unable to finally go.
+This again leads to the same credentialism where they want to see a
+bachelor's degree in *anything*, before they let you anywhere near the
+A solution to some of these problems, would be to choose either the highest
+performing, or most geographically suited, secondary school in an area, and
+make it selective. If there are 8 schools in a 20-30 minute radius, then after
+an entrance exam (11+), or based off the SAT, the top 12.5% will go to the
+selective school (if they so choose), and everyone else will remain at their
+current school, with those who used to go to the now selective school
+unfortunately having to switch. At the end of year 8, you can take another
+exam to gain entry again, probably switching places with someone who peaked in
+primary school. This isn't a very radical change and
+would require no new schools to be built.
+Most people who are against the opening of more grammar or independent schools,
+or turning some comprehensives into selective schools, haven't had the
+displeasure of attending the human zoo that is the modern comprehensive school
+that isn't lucky enough to be down a street lined with range rovers.
+Those who were responsible for the closing down of Grammar Schools to begin
+with usually had the advantage of attending a school that isn't inhabited by
+monkeys. As per usual, pulling up the ladder behind them.
+As for the universities, any solution would be too radical for a government
+to undertake. A slow unwinding of ex-polytechnics either back into
+polytechnics, or into colleges, would be fine, but would undoubtedly cause mass
+unemployment and probably devastate the night-time economy of
+many major cities. Not that any of these changes will take place anyway.
+Politician's children either attend comprehensive's in rich areas, are lucky
+enough to live near a grammar school, or are begrudgingly sent off to private
+school. Those of them that did attend a
+crap comprehensive wear it as a badge of
+honour, and insist that if we just throw
+enough money into this bottomless pit
+then magically everyone will emerge as doctors and lawyers.
+These are only some of the problems with the current education system in
+Britain, and if you're unlucky enough maybe another rambling blogpost will be
+made available on your favourite website, [shii.moe](https://shii.moe).
+I didn't proofread this, as I felt it would be best left as an exercise to
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-title: Down Under
-published: 2021-09-27 17:45:00
-> "A wise man shits, but he does not fart"
-Cats are actually aliens sent from a far away planet to watch over and protect us, few know this. How do you think the pyramids were built? Slaves? *pssht* The Egyptians worshiped the cats and as a reward they constructed the pyramids for them. How did the British Empire become so vast, and why is it in such disarray now? Well, Queen Victoria was a known cat lover, whereas Queen Elizabeth II has umpteen corgies, I'll let you figure that one out.
-![He's literally me.](https://images.pexels.com/photos/3616232/pexels-photo-3616232.jpeg?auto=compress&cs=tinysrgb&w=1260&h=750&dpr=2)
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-title: Wa State (佤邦)
-published: 2021-09-27 18:45:00
+title: A Brief History of the Wa people (佤族)
+published: 2022-03-17 18:45:00
-*There is nothing here yet*-
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+Before there were Wa, there were tadpoles, Ya Htawm and Ya Htai, swimming in a lake.
+Of which was so cold and deep not a single fish lived in it, even the surrounding jungle was uninhabited for miles.
+They eventually grew from tadpoles into frogs, and from frogs into ogres (Hpi Hpai).
+And in an ogre-like fashion they settled down in a cave about 30 miles south of this mysterious lake.
+Ya Htawm and Ya Htai were at first satiated with the pigs, deer, and goats which roamed the jungle, however, whilst this was their diet, they bore no children.
+Eventually, like all ogres, they succame to the desire for human flesh, killing a local from a distance village, and carrying his head back to their cave.
+Shortly after they were flooded with offspring, all of which were of human form, this pleased the ogres, and they worshipped the skull from then on.
+These children were the first Wa, the nine sons went forth and multiplied in the nine Wa valley, and so too did the ten daughters, who settled on the fells.
+Ya Htawm and Ya Htai did not forget to impart the importance of the human heads on their children.
+For small favours, a pig or buffalo would suffice,
+but if pestilence and famine bestruck the village, an offering of a head was the only sure remedy.
+A marriage not built on the strong foundation of a human skull was bound to end without bearing any children.
+A war fought without a sacrificial skull was lost before it even started.
+These practices of head hunting remained strong in the Wa people, making it the defining characteristic of both the Chinese and British who were brave enough to meet them.
+They had such a reputation for violence that the Sino-Anglo border lay undefined in the region inhabited by the Wa.
+A clear distinction should be made of the Wa and other ethnic groups such as the Papuans
+The Wa did not collect skulls for their own amusement or satisfaction, it was purely for the greater good of the village.
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