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Old 13.12.2012, 17:46
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50% fewer students.
To non-native speakers? Really? Are we doing that now?
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To non-native speakers? Really? Are we doing that now?
The most cutting bit of your post was the blue emoticon at the end. Coming from a long line of greens I find your use of icons of colour to be racist in the extreme and I'd ask you to replace it with either a green or grey icon post haste to avoid legal action.
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Old 13.12.2012, 17:56
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Re: Public Sector workers dragged kicking and screaming into the real world...

LOL - you have 10 seconds (the time it took me approx to type) to translate my last post in German or French if you'd prefer (blue emoticon )
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Old 13.12.2012, 18:02
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Re: Public Sector workers dragged kicking and screaming into the real world...

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Are you denying that parents who pay large sums of money for private education do not in the vast majority, ensure kids do work fairly hard at their studies?
Not necessarily. Some parents are lazy and think if they stick their kids in an expensive school, then their kids are the teacher's responsibility and so slip out of their own responsibilities as parents. In my own schooldays I was in both private and state schools and saw both sides. Some rich parents are real barstewards. For example socialites who spends all their free time looking good doing stuff for charities and starving children in Africa but not at home when their own kids need them. I also had friends in the state school who went home every day to a loving home and whose parents were always there when they were neeeded. Poverty can exist on all levels.

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Are you denying that kids selected for private schools do not come from backgrounds where there are social problems and poverty are not important factors influencing behaviour and motivation?
Not true. Some of my classmates in the private prep school I attended were from poor backgrounds. Their parents scratched together all the cash they could afford to give their children something better. I had classmates who went home to decrepit houses, where three siblings slept in the same room, who wore only second hand clothes, ate only cheap food and never went anywhere on holidays because their parents thought the school was more important.

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Are you denying that private schools reserve the right to expel any student who is disruptive and any way?
State schools can also expel kids. No difference there.
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LOL - you have 10 seconds (the time it took me approx to type) to translate my last post in German or French if you'd prefer (blue emoticon )
Well I can't speak either French or German! Or Chinese, as far as that's relevant. I suppose my point was, to a teacher in Britain (where you taught and where they try to speak English as well as they can) that whether you taught a class of 5 children or 500 children, they still would end up without a clue about when to use "less" or fewer".
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I taught French and German
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I taught French and German
Yikes! Languages?! How were you able to relate/translate linguistic concepts when you didn't correctly understand the English language counterpart?

Anyway, I'd like to expose huge classes of 60 children to role model teachers who speak perfect English.
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I hereby officially apologize for having tried to actually write posts on topic. It was obviously not the purpose of the thread at all. I am deeply sorry.
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Not necessarily...

Oh come now! Don't be spoiling the firebrand's rhetoric with reality!

Everyone knows private schools are little slices of paradise on earth, staffed by useless teachers and attended by rosy cheeked cherubim. Why, there was article all about them in the Guardian only last week, probably...
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I hereby officially apologize for having tried to actually write posts on topic. It was obviously not the purpose of the thread at all. I am deeply sorry.
There is more to worthwhile contribution than just sticking closely to the title of the thread
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There is more to worthwhile contribution than just sticking closely to the title of the thread
Should I really be the one teaching you what understatement is?
Please don't make me ask again about rhetorical questions, thanks.
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Re: Public Sector workers dragged kicking and screaming into the real world...

If there are 11 children in a class and you want to discuss only having 50% of those, that makes 5.5 (just pick the ugliest and chop them in half - why not). So in that case, it's "less", as "fewer" is for whole items only, right?
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If there are 11 children in a class and you want to discuss only having 50% of those, that makes 5.5 (just pick the ugliest and chop them in half - why not). So in that case, it's "less", as "fewer" is for whole items only, right?
Right! There would be less child meat in the class.
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Old 14.12.2012, 18:58
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I hereby officially apologize for having tried to actually write posts on topic. It was obviously not the purpose of the thread at all. I am deeply sorry.
We absolutely dont care
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Right! There would be less child meat in the class.
Not if the ones left are Americans (now that's a stereoptype for you)
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