Damn Interesting

Title says it all but to quote the About page:

Damn Interesting is a small, independent project dedicated to the dissemination of legitimately fascinating but obscure true stories from science, history, and psychology.”

Hundreds of way out articles available online (or via Ebook with a small donation).  Check the Archives page for a list.  I have no idea how I got here, but I had to stop reading because some of the obscure items like “Submersible Aircraft Carriers” and “The City Under the Ice” sparked so many weird ideas for my writing that my creative side went into overload.  I have no idea as to the factual validity of the articles posted but they remind me so much of the Reader Digest Strange Stories & Amazing Facts book I used to treasure as a kid.  Give the site a visit, but be warned, don’t get too lost…

Not a single child got more than 80% for maths.

Dunce cap in the Victorian schoolroom at the M...

What? Come again? Only 970 out of 194165 grade 9 pupils in the Limpopo (a province in South Africa) public schools system got more than 50% for maths this year. 0 (yes, ZERO) got more than 80%! That’s zero pupils (or ‘learners’ as we are meant to call them – arggh) got an A average for maths in the year before they have to select the subjects they will take through to the end of their high school lives and the ones that dictate what they will be able to study in college or university and possibly what they do with their lives.

What the hell is going on? Granted, I am jumping on a statistical headline grabber in the local paper but huh?  This is only a small (population wise) province but being small it should have been one of the easiest to improve and achieve decent results. Now statistics are easily manipulated to mean anything but if this is any indication of the country averages (don’t suppose those are available to the general public – just wait till the proposed secrecy act becomes a reality), how the hell is South Africa meant to drag itself up out of poverty and inequality if this is the latest Education Department report card – a measure of how well the people most responsible for the future of our people are doing?

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