Ralph Lewis [email@example.com] wrote:
>It amazes me how many of my students claim they are too poor to afford a
>computer at home yet drive expensive cars. You also see these same students
>spending a lot of time in the commons areas of the building chatting on
>their cell phones.
A few years ago I spent some time with the people who were camped out on the proposed site of a new highway in England; these people were living in fields, supported by my taxes, and I've never seen as many cell phones as I did in that time.
Back on the education front, I think at least half the problem is with
the modern idea of "an education" that lasts a few years early in life
and that's that. Almost nothing I need to know on an everyday basis
even existed when I was at school, and almost nothing I learnt at school
is at all useful to me. The time I spent there was almost entirely wasted,
and cost the tax-payers of the time a huge amount of money. It's not just
education funding that we have to change, it's the entire educational