Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jul 2013 15:21 UTC
Internet & Networking "Every household in Britain connected to the internet will be obliged to declare whether they want to maintain access to online pornography, David Cameron will announce on Monday." And so, the UK nanny state turns to straight up censorship. Let's look at some of the authoritarian policies that David Cameron wishes to enact.
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Proper education
by gpsnoopy on Mon 22nd Jul 2013 15:45 UTC
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2007-04-17

"At the age of thirteen, he went to Eton College [...]"

"Cameron passed 12 O-Levels, and then studied three A-Levels in History of Art, History and Economics with Politics."

"Cameron then began his Bachelor of Arts studies in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at Brasenose College, Oxford." (Wikipedia).


Because neither Eton nor Oxford are very good schools, despite their reputation. In fact Oxford is poor at sciences, except for their Physics and Computer Sciences department.

Oxford will cost you around £9000 per year to study there nowadays. It is more about your social background and class rather than your intellectual worth.

Given all of the above, I don't even think David Cameron knows anything about the Scientific Method.

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RE: Proper education
by Kochise on Mon 22nd Jul 2013 16:00 in reply to "Proper education"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Hmmmm ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Eo5MdHMNcw (4h28m, really)

Kochise

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RE: Proper education
by unclefester on Tue 23rd Jul 2013 08:36 in reply to "Proper education"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

What a load of unmitigated crap. Oxford is consistently ranked between No2 and No10 of the worlds best universities depending on which ranking system is used. To enter Oxford you need o be in the Top 1% of British matriculants.

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RE: Proper education
by orfanum on Tue 23rd Jul 2013 13:35 in reply to "Proper education"
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2006-06-02

+1 For postgraduate work, many actively leave Oxford and seek technically better departments/supervisors elsewhere. However, it's still often heard in UK academe: "Which of the two universities did you go to?", and I suppose affiliated academics are still disproportionately drawn from the Oxbridge graduate pool, wherever they are employed subsequently.

The reason why the UK is slipping relatively in world research tables isn't because of recent austerity cutbacks, it's due in my estimation to there not having been a successful transition to a full and proper meritocracy established in the UK. Also, state education is risible.

You would not believe how many foreign-born nationals have to shipped into the UK just to keep its creaking system going, when, if only the UK would pay the smallest amount of educational attention to British citizens in the first instance, both our economy and learning base would be much more solid (and other countries would not be crippled by brain drain).

I work in UK HE.

Orf

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