The following four articles prove that Turkey and the UK are both seriously bad places to be an academic or researcher or teacher at the moment. <sarcasm> I’m sure glad I just applied for a master’s degree </sarcasm> it’s all part of a less-well-known but ever-growing phenomenon I’ve been noticing for several years now. There is an actual war on intelligence going on. Intelligent people with good qualifications can’t get jobs because they’re viewed with suspicion. They’re outsiders. But they can’t integrate with wider society because wider society won’t let them. And it’s seen as okay. Just like thin-shaming is believed to be acceptable. Oh, yes, thin intelligent bitch coming down the street, let’s hurl our faeces at her and start shouting “ook ook” to ward her off. She might have cooties or witchcraft.
This article is seriously disturbing. Turkey won’t let academics or teachers leave the country, and they’re rounding them up and “making them pay” for a coup… by… the… army??? WTF??
UK scientists are losing funding for big projects because all the EU funding is drying up from independent sources, long before we have lost the actual EU funding from the actual EU government. We still have that. Yet science is being attacked.
This letter was written by “UK academies” (by which they don’t mean schools, they mean big fancy clubs for British scientists). It just reminds me of children telling their mum that another child has hit them in the playground. What the hell do they expect our impotent British government to do about it, when they’ve been proven to be so out of touch with normal people that they genuinely thought everyone would vote to remain in the EU, then when that didn’t happen the Labour party disintegrated into a bunch of five year olds throwing sand in each other’s faces and not letting anyone else into the sandpit while the Conservatives had a bizarrely comical power grab?? These people are supposed to “fix” this threat to science??
And of course, perhaps most interesting of all, since it affects new students, the government’s new inspections on universities is a precursor to letting universities raise fees. Because underperforming universities clearly have too much money coming in and need to get rid of some of it so they can teach better! They also have been doing this to comprehensive schools for a while along with their bullshit “forced academization” crap. As a former teacher I just don’t like where this is all headed, none of it is in the best interests of the pupils. It’s really funny that the Labour government are the ones criticizing it since they’re the ones who introduced tuition fees in the first place and consistently raised them, the Conservatives are just following suit. The Labour government also got rid of aptitude based scholarships for private schools for a while, disguising it as “education for all” (by which Labour always mean, education for people who lack any capacity to actually learn stuff but who probably have pushy parents, so they drown out the people who know stuff when they grow up).
I remember watching a quiz show called “The Weakest Link” where you started off with a bunch of contestants who were supposed to eliminate people after every round of general knowledge questions. For the first 2-3 seasons, people genuinely used to vote out the people with the most incorrect answers. Then, around season 3 or 4, someone worked out that if they voted off the people with the most CORRECT answers, they would have a better shot at winning, despite not being “the strongest link.” That’s exactly what’s happening with education, academia and research. The brightest and most outstanding are being taken down in the hope that their accomplishments can be split between distinctly mediocre people who believe there’s a secret “world government” that is run by Satanic lizard zombies (rapidly overtaking homeopathy as the single stupidest thing the public have been duped into believing over the past few years).
People have always viewed intelligence with suspicion, unfortunately the working class (which I was born into and am still part of) were purpose-bred for thousands of years to not be able to think for themselves, the upper classes encouraged them to be suspicious of intelligence or dissent for the status quo – if the working classes destroy people who are their only hope of escaping the working class, then the upper classes don’t actually need to involve themselves. Now, of course, with the class divides having greater overlap, and some of us actually believed people when they said achievement at school is the key to a good life (false), it’s even easier than ever to find and take down intelligent people and put them back in “their place” which is so clearly not their place that it doesn’t even have their name on it.
It’s the war on intelligence, people, humanity can’t allow themselves to progress any further, it’d be far better to shoot civilization in the foot and get a medical discharge from that whole contest of survival of the fittest. If you are a scientist, researcher or teacher, now’s a great time to consider a career change.
I hear the world always needs more plumbers.