Saturday, 17th September, 2011.

Learning Difficulties

     The results in the exams in Wales were shown – by statistics – to be worse in Wales than those in other areas of the UK when they were made known in June.   Now’s the turn of our younger kids to be classed as less able to learn than those other areas.

It’s said that youngsters of five or six don’t learn because the learning activities put before them are insufficiently “challenging”.

“What about learning in their own homes?” you may ask.   “Are parents, single or otherwise, not teaching them skills such as washing-up or using a duster.”

And home – whether with one parent or two – is where children should be introduced to “becoming educated”.   However, sitting ‘em in front of the telly to watch trivia is not the way to do that.   Yet you and I both know that is what happens in many, many homes:  telly from morning till night.

Our Senedd could well score Brownie-points by insisting that such “child-minding” items like tellies and computer-screens are used sparingly in any Welsh home where there are young kids.   But I bet it never will.

What’s In A Name?

     I hear that the Tories are moving towards changing the name of their party here in Wales.   The reason given is that Mrs. Thatcher and her cronies soured voters from voting Conservative.

Couldn’t have been the closing of our railway infra-structure in the 60s by a Tory government under Ted Heath, could it?   Couldn’t have been the Tories turning the troops on what we’re now taught to call “The Tonypandy Rioters” exactly a hundred years ago, could it?

A change of name may be done to fool some of the people some of the time – but “by their deeds ye shall know them”.

Oh – and I’ve been told that the families of ex-miners down in The Valleys are still chipping in to a fund to pay for street-parties when Thatcher pops her clogs.

The Usual Topic

     Near Merthyr Tydfil, a roof blew off on Monday.   The couple living in the house escaped injury, thank goodness.

But this and other happenings caused by the tail-end of the hurricane which smashed into New York were certainly unseasonable and unwelcome.  Perhaps it is a sign of the times:  the Climate Crisis is real, despite denials in the media.

I ask now, as I ask at any time like this, are you prepared for emergencies which may strike your home?   It seems that we cannot be complacent, for we are living in a society dependent on computers, it seems.   If there was a major electrical power cut, what then?   No pensions going into your bank, no Social Security being paid, no lighting or heating in your home, perhaps?   And is your job safe from redundancy?

A proper little Job’s Comforter, aren’t I?!   Anyway, if you want to know more about preparing yourself and your home for such roof-lifting events, mail the.green.man@hotmail.co.uk and ask for some advice.

archie.lowe@googlemail.com

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About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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