Where I lived as a child in Liverpool, the other side of the road were rows and rows of bombed terrace houses with the occupants still living there some four years after the war. Later, I had 8 teachers for four years. All in the same school, at the same time. Well, about an hour apart. That should give some idea of the breadth, if not the depth, of the curriculum. I only excelled at two: English Lit/Gram, and generalbuggerinaboutandbeinanuisance (in my Works WordÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the longest red underline IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever had).
I confess to enjoying the latter much more than the former, seemed to come naturally. Two parents (one of each, for the pedants. Anything else was frowned on then.) whom IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve no doubt were loving and caring although totally indifferent to me and my three sisters. Poor is too small a word, and donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to get into a Ã¢â‚¬ËœI was poorer than youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ game but suffice to say I did go to school with Oxydol packets in my shoes. I was, however, thankful that in being the firstborn, ergo largest, I was never troubled with hand-me-down dresses and cute little cardies. In spite of the very Ã¢â‚¬Ëœumbleness none of us were any trouble (other than my pre-teen misunderstandings concerning orchards, apparently abandoned property with no discernable owner, and clandestine door-knocking) and never resorted to viciousness or criminal activity as a way of life..
Given the present day relative affluence, I am absolutely fed up to the back teeth with the nauseous windbags (not on here naturally) that insist on trotting out the bugle calls of social deprivation, dysfunctional families, and lack of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœrole modelsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to explain and defend sheer troublemakers for whom the reference Ã¢â‚¬ËœferalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ might read Ã¢â‚¬Ëœfear sod allÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
I wish for the life of me that people would call a spade a spade, correctly identify the correct problem and in so doing arrive at the correct and effective solution.
Sorry, the law of diminishing returns (time left v. life experience) increase exponentially the older you get.