a few years ago, yes, most would belive that, but now, no, rubbish in, rubbish out. Computers are only as intelligent as the person that uses it, it can not think for its self, its sees your input, not what you meant to input and if you F*cked up putting it in, well, you get the answer you did not want, done that enough times my self.
Thing in the local paper the other day about a school sending a letter to parents of a pupil who died a few weeks ago warning them about her deteriorating attendance record. The schools reaction when challenged was not only to blame it on a computer error, but do it extremely gracelessly as well. If that is reflected in their Computer Studies curriculum (sorry ICT these days I believe) then god help the pupils there.
You only get out what you put in, but after the parents were told yes you can go to your particular school it looks like someone at the particular school has actually sat down with a biro, looked at the figures and worked out they can't fit that many children in. Fair play to them, at least the children didn't turn up on the day, that would have been a story.
As for 'Chelle and her daughter Brandy, well she can can call her other two Blackberry (or what about Peaches) and Snaps for all I care. Though you'd have to get the names in the right order by age for it to work. But I just got an image of scrunchies and trackie bottoms when 'Chelle complained Brandy's new school was 'nowhere near my vicinity'.
Chap on the telly this morning gave a GCSE science paper to his eight year old son to have a go at. The eight year old completed the test, and scored 55%. A PASS! The test was intended for 15 to 16 yr olds. OK, the chap was a teacher, and I suppose the youngster was a bit above average. But that sort of result only reinforces the view that the level of tests has dropped considerably. Except in Maths apparently. Can they still use hand held computers in an exam?
The article mentioned that the Mother of Brandy has 3 children at three different schools now! How crazy is it that there are parents doing the minute mile all over the country because some pillock in an office has done away with "sibling preference". This is happening at Primary school level as well. I know the Head of one of our local schools and she has parents of siblings in lower Infants and Nursery who have been allocated schools several miles apart, even thought this school is on their doorstep, whilst parents from miles away are getting in!
At secdondary at least the children are old enough to travel on their own to school, at Primary school it is really not on.