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Standing ovation

This is wonderful. I truly wish I could have seen it. As a commentor says, “Never give a child a platform unless you want to be utterly humiliated.

Children are not stupid.


  1. John Galt says:

    It just goes to show that despite all the dumbing down and propaganda in government schools, we’re still occasionally able to bring forth pugnacious, irritating, know-it-all’s who are sick of being patronised by activist teachers, who understand how science and the scientific method works and can run rings around teachers using honest, researched facts and logical argument.

    I wish my own daughter hadn’t fallen for the who Warble Gloaming bullshit, but she has. The wife says I’m not allowed to reprogram her until she’s finished her exams, as being Chinese, she only cares about the exam results, not the content.

    Most disgusted, but I’ll have to do as I’m told. :-(

    I especially loved the reference guide for junior sceptics “How to get expelled from school“. I think I’ll order than one from Amazon…

  2. Lynne says:

    There’s hope for us yet.

  3. RAB says:

    Ness and I don’t have kids, but loads of our friends do, and we are Godparents to several. I always have instilled into them to question everything and everyone. I tell them that their teachers are imparting recieved wisdom to them, and emphasise that it is recieved and not nessessarily wisdom. So question question question. They seem to be turning out just fine.

  4. Julie near Chicago says:

    JG, my own hatchling will have 36 years of Earthwalking behind her in less than a week.

    I would be immensely grateful if, later on, you let us know what deprogramming techniques you used to bring your daughter into the Light, and how well they worked.

    May your daughter earn the highest marks in every one of her classes. :>)

  5. Schrodinger's Dog says:

    People know BS when they hear (smell?) it.

    For over seventy years the citizens of the former Soviet Union (and how I love writing the prefix “former”) were ceaselessly told life was getting better in the workers’ paradise. For their response to this, simply do a search using the term “Communist joke”.

  6. John Galt says:

    I would be immensely grateful if, later on, you let us know what deprogramming techniques you used to bring your daughter into the Light, and how well they worked.

    It will be a while yet as she’s only 12. She starts at a new secondary school in January, but being taught by rote in a class of 30 is not exactly my idea of fun.

    The Chinese school system here in Malaysia tends to obtain far better results in maths and science than western schools as they are very competitive, indeed Samantha can be expelled for failing monthly exams in her main subjects. It sounds harsh, but it is on the basis that if she isn’t prepared to work for it then her place will be given to someone else that is prepared to work for it. They also fire teachers if they are no good.

    Try that sort of thing in the UK or the USA and the teaching unions would be outraged.

    When she first started school in Malaysia at age 7 she had to be able to speak English, Malay and the local Chinese dialect of Hokkien as well as write in English and Malay. It takes about 7-years to learn to write Chinese, so that is dealt with separately.

    In addition Samantha also speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and is learning Korean for fun (her favourite TV programme is in Korean).

    She gets it from her mother. :-)

  7. Julie near Chicago says:

    Migawd, JG, that’s depressing! I thought I was reasonably intelligent, but what’s expected of Samantha is positively daunting. You must be prouder of her than words can express! Proud of her talent, proud of her achievements, and most of all proud of her perseverance and her ability to focus and to concentrate–that is, her self-discipline.

    I hope that to go along with all that, she also has a sense of security.

    I will be happy to wait 10 years, or however long it takes, for your answer to the question. Although whether one can deprogram a 46-year-old woman or her rather older husband (officially unofficial) is an open question.

    Thanks for telling us about Samantha and the rigors of Chinese school in Malaysia. (In my favorite thriller series, the Manhattanite mom & dad send their little Catholic Jewish Princess to the Chinese school nearby–they live about a block off Chinatown–which does accept a few gwai-lo children, and proceeds to work them all to death.)

    And now, I feel the need to go lie down. :>))

  8. John Galt says:

    I’d be happier if she wasn’t a know-it-all little brat as well, but you can’t have everything.

    I’ve no idea where she gets that from :-)

  9. CountingCats says:


    I’d be happier if she wasn’t a know-it-all little brat as well

    How old is she? just pre teens? It comes with the territory chum.

  10. John Galt says:

    Yup, 12. She’ll be 13 in May.

    You should see her Christmas list. It’s like being held hostage by a miniature terrorist group.

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