The classroom has been reconfigured to resemble a Shanghai classroom. The carpet has been taken up, desks which are normally clustered in friendly groups are in straight rows, and all eyes are on Lu and her touchscreen. She is one of 30 Shanghai teachers currently working in primary schools across England, flown in by the Department for Education in the hope they can work their mathematical magic on a generation of children and raise flagging standards. Almost all Shanghai pupils reach a similarly high standard and there are few gaps in achievement (unlike in England where there is a wide range in attainment). Lu and her colleagues are here to show us how they achieve their extraordinary results.Idiots. Idiots. Idiots. PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT. Repeat! Orientals are tremendously better with numbers than Caucasians. That's why they do better in the abstract parts of math. But Caucasians, especially Brits, are tremendously better at the problem-solving side of science and technology. That's why Brits were responsible for nearly ALL inventions since 1700. Genetic differences are NOT CAUSED BY INSTRUCTION METHODS. Genetic differences are caused by GENES. That's why they're called GENE-ETIC DIFFERENCES, not INSTRUCTION-ETIC DIFFERENCES. Rigid lectures work well enough in Shanghai because Orientals master numerical skills easily REGARDLESS OF METHOD. By applying the rigid Chinese lecture method, you will RUIN YOUR OWN TALENTS and GAIN NOTHING. Idiots. Idiots. Idiots. The worst idea in history is the Commie lie that all humans are identical passive grains of sand. It is literally deadly on both ends. It starts by assuming that life is death, and every time it's applied it magically transforms millions of lives to deaths. There's your fucking mathematical magic, you fucking monsters.
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.