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Jon Miller typed thus:
Wife is a maths teacher. When presented with a problem in English, pupils will sometimes ask "Is this a times or a share?"

And she goes, "AAuuugghh!!" But only in the back of her min=d. She smiles sweetly and says, "It's a multiplication, dear." Right?

Yep, but it's not "dear". I'm not sure she does "sweetly" while on=20 duty. Firm but fair, I reckon that's her style.
Truly, teachers are grossly underpaid. The problem is, babysitters are grossly overpaid, and we aren't allowed to differentiate.

Actually, things have improved in the pay scales, following the=20 recognition that talented classroom teachers were becoming deputy=20 heads just for the money, although they would prefer to teach full=20 time. Having got through Threshold 1 and Threshold 2, top of scale=20 is now just over =A330,000. It is irritating to us, but good for the=20 future, that the scale is now only three or four years high, whereas=20 it used to be 10 years high with no Threshold. At one point she had=20 a dozen or more years teaching experience and was stuck at =A320,000=20 when graduates starting with my company were paid =A319,000

It's a Sixth Form college - most of the work is A-level, but they=20 also do GCSE re-sit, which is where the "share" comment tends to come=20 from.
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Jon Miller filted:
Wife is a maths teacher. When presented with a problem in English, pupils will sometimes ask "Is this a times or a share?"

And she goes, "AAuuugghh!!" But only in the back of her mind. She smiles sweetly and says, "It's a multiplication, dear." Right? Truly, teachers are grossly underpaid. The problem is, babysitters are grossly overpaid, and we aren't allowed to differentiate.

Not until you get to calculus, at any rate..r
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Jon Miller filted:

Not really...I strongly suspected the answer, but couldn't help wondering if the fact that the author was British might make a difference...we've seen the different ways "talk to him" vs "talk with him" are perceived in the two countries, and I thought the contentious expression might just be better received in the UK...that's why I offered the four choices above..
The real question is, if you are not supported at work in your demand for it to be reworded, then ... defensible position? For when the barbarians pull down the gates and start sacking the city. Like, maybe a different city.

A fine speech that, but let's go back to the first sentence...if I'm not supported, what I do is put my suggestion go on record, let the document go out with someone else's name on it, and then if anybody complains about it I can shrug and say "I tried to warn them; here's the e-mail I sent"..

In cases like this where I'm not personally accountable, I kick exactly once against the pricks..r
I've read somewhere that it's futile to exterminate rats, because no matter how many you kill unless you kill them all they will quickly breed back up to the limit of their food supply.

As will any species: hence, among other things, the counter-intuitive observation that a large population of predators may be a good sign, since it indicates a healthy population of non-predators.
It's depressing to think about, but that's probably the way the human population of planet Earth will eventually be constrained. ... there's enough food to feed everyone: for a number of reasons, it's not practicable to get the food to everyone.

What upsets me about it is that it's only a matter of money: a famine is usefully defined as an episode in which the price of food rises above the capacity of a local population to pay. There is never actually a shortage of food; people with even rather modest money incomes don't starve in famines.
Mike.
Just limiting it to the 20th century gives us a bad record. South African War, countless South American wars, Russian Civil, Chinese Civil, WW1-2, Indo-China, Viet Nam, Algeria, Korea, India-Pakistan, India-China?, countless African, Khmer Rouge, then piddling efforts like Cyprus, Ireland, Greece, Arab-Israeli etc. Just one man's memory operating at slow typing speed: there must be many many more. Face it, people: we stink.
Mike.
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Truly, teachers are grossly underpaid. The problem is, babysitters are grossly overpaid, and we aren't allowed to differentiate.

Best not to integrate too much with the baby-sitter, either.

Mike.
Truly, teachers are grossly underpaid. The problem is, babysitters are grossly overpaid, and we aren't allowed to differentiate.

Best not to integrate too much with the baby-sitter, either.

A bit of surreptitious curve fitting might come a miss, too.

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Robin Bignall
Hertfordshire
England
Matti Lamprhey filted:

I hope he's OK. I was watching BBC News 24 ... of G...' and then quickly switched to "Act of Nature".

Makes sense...putting these people in the tree in the first place (causing them to live on a hurricane-prone coast) may ... particularly vicious hurricane) at them was an Act of Nature.. Now we just need a name for the Third Act..r

Finale.
Mike

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Still is - entirely common across England and possibly the UK. Infants covers Key Stage 1 to children in Reception (rising 4) and years 1 & 2. Key Stage 2 = Junior = years 3 - 6.
Reception?
Rising 4?
years?
Can someone give a translation into AmE?
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Sunnyvale, California of a homonym of a synonym for also.
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