Though I am loathe to use the phrase, I am, just for today, going to mention the contradictory term that we have been bombarded with on an incessant loop for the last few months. It's oxymoronic construction not withstanding, social distancing, like any term, seems to lose all meaning when it is reiterated so often. … Continue reading Distancing from Intelligence
On March 12th, the Irish acting government ordered the closure of all schools, universities, private colleges, and every other educational institute as a means of suppressing the spread of the coronavirus. Fair enough. The measure is sensible, and in conjunction with other precautions it has reaped dividends in other countries, notably Korea. English language schools … Continue reading Concern from the Department
I've noticed over the last few weeks, among the splurge of tv ads for toys and all sorts of promotions, advertisements for 'DNA ancestry' kits. It seems to be a latest fad, where people are encouraged to find out whether somewhere in their family line there's a Masai warrior or a Inuit explorer. It will … Continue reading What’s your ancestry?
Language is a growing, organic thing, and words and phrases are added to our lexicon on a seemingly daily basis. After some time, many of these are deemed to pass muster and the great linguistic deities of Oxford and Cambridge add them to their dictionaries. There was much excitement last week with the announcement of … Continue reading There are no words
"The Flat Earth Society has members around the globe." While my reaction to most idiots ranges from irritation to rage, there is a particular brand of idiot I find, on the whole, amusing. To the best of my knowledge, I've never actually met one in person, or at least one that has publicised their subscription … Continue reading The Gravity of the Situation
There is a pervasive myth that mathematics is more difficult than other subjects. Many are immediately turned off maths in school, deciding that they don't have the 'maths gene', or believe pseudoscience about how the brain works and decide that, no matter what, they will never be able for mathematics. This Homer Simpson approach to … Continue reading Easy peasy
Through the amount of school uniforms I've seen over the last few days I've been reminded that it is that dreaded time of year when school starts again for hundreds of thousands of students. It didn't bother me that much for most of secondary school. I was ambivalent at most, up until my final year … Continue reading You’re History