Thursday, June 09, 2005

Back to the Drawing Board

Cal Thomas writes about some changes in England's educational system at Townhall.

Here we see that 200 years ago English children spent 11 hours a day, 5.5 days a week at school. They didn't have classes on sex education but learned how to read and write English, Latin and Greek, math, and oh yes, civility. His favorite (and mine) is about the proper etiquette towards ladies:

There are instructions on how to respect and treat women, often referred to as "ladies." My personal favorite teaches the "proper" way to greet ladies: "It is not becoming a Person of quality, when in the Company of Ladies, to handle them roughly; to put his hand in their necks, or bosoms; to kiss them by surprise; to tear their fans; to snatch away their Handkerchiefs."

What England plans on doing now is to teach their children how to read via phonics instead of the strange and worthless "look and say" techniques which are taught today.

If only they can teach kids nowadays not to hit pregnant girlfriends with baseball bats in order to kill the baby.