culture, schools, Uncategorized

UM is the commonest word

Australia’s worst and commonest word is – UM.

Listen on radio – most women are much worse UMers than men, and it gives the impression that they have greater inadequacy.

Please give all speakers instructions to mind their UMs, ers, you-know, like, sort of. Let them look at transcripts and replays of what they have said in the past, full of shoddy speech, and see how they can improve. It only needs a little thought.  I improved two women’s public speaking by showing them my record on a clipboard of how often they said UM in their talks. They became eminent politicians – once they never said UM again.     And one had scored 81 UMs in one talk before that!

Teachers who have poor class control or lose attention should look to their UMs.  They should learn not to UM in teacher-training, as a matter of urgency. Most children’s inattention is due to their teachers’ poor clarity and diction – shouting is no use compared with clear speech.

To be effective at stopping the UM habit you have to focus on something else – something positive that you can do, as an alternative to UM’ing. That alternative is chunking. Chunking is talking in short chunks of words with breaks in between the chunks. When you chunk you get into a rhythm: burst of words/break/burst of words/break….Focus on that rhythm and your UM’s will go.

Well, UM, yes, I do say UM too.  And it has been a handicap

children, economick, future, parent, refugees, Uncategorized

Size of families

The West sees a big problem in small families in the West, but the  world problem is in a population  explosion which is greater than can be sustained.

But there are religious and political groups which try for larger families for their adherents. Governments which offer bonuses and government support for children, no matter how many in a family, help the very people who have more children than they can care for, to have more.

By and large, children who come into care come from families which have more children than they can care for, but they have government support to have a large family.

The Australian government has a policy against asylum seekers, but it would be wiser and more compassionate to let asylum seekers to come with the proviso that they do not have large families, now or in the future /

The Australian Rights and Responsibilities for its citizens and its immigrants should include a clause that all have a right to two children per family with government support, but those who have more children than that must be able to support them by themselves.

The refugees from Africa to Europe seeking jobs, and the people daring the deserts of Arizona to reach the United States are part of the problem, with so many from large African and Middle-Eastern families.

Now that modern medicine and hygiene prevents high child mortality, large families in poor countries mainly survive, They can help parents by working as children but then as adults they seek to become parents too.

What can be done about political and religious pressures to have large families?

Why are there large families with unwanted children or teenagers who cannot get jobs even in Western countries?

China’s attempted solution was one-child families, but two-child families seem better than that.