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Are the Old Basics dead And buried?
Are the OLD society and old school BASICS ignored,unwanted and obsolete  in today's modern World and in tomorrow's future world ?
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 August 23 2013 
 Dear editor, 
Are the old basics of society, of work, and of education, dead and buried ??
Are reading,writing, spelling, arithmetic, music, punctuation, parsing, creativity, courtesy, respect,and manners unknown ,unwanted and unused in today's modern world and tomorrow's future world of primary, secondary and tertiary education or the world of work ?? 
Are manners,home science, science, maths, sports, graphic arts, latin, commerce, physical education,history,   philosophy, grammar, and art relevant to anyone in primary , secondary and tertiary education any more ?

 Are all theses subjects no longer the basis of work, of society, of the economy, and life any more ?

Are the old society and old school basics ignored,unwanted and obsolete  in today's modern World ?

Does anything from the past matter any more for the present and the future ?

Are our schools wasting their time, energy , money and effort teaching the old time basics any more ?

Are the old past basics of the old past  irrelevant, irrational, obsolete, offensive and obnoxious  in today's world of today's people and in
tomorrow's world of  tomorrow's people ?

Thank You Very Much 
Jane Wallace

Do grammar and spelling matter?
DateAugust 23, 2013Comments 187Read laterWork In Progress

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Two of the three Rs are just not a priority anymore.
Here’s the great thing about Microsoft Word. That coloured squiggly line – the one that appears below words and sentences – is a useful warning sign, letting people know they’ve screwed up something. Sure, the software gets it wrong sometimes, but mostly it gets it right. Which is why it’s astounding errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation still saturate business communication.
This is not pedantic, I swear. 
If that were the case, this article would be about dangling prepositions (no sentence should end with words like with, to, for, or of). Or this would be about the incorrect use of literally, which recently, perhaps understandably, had its definition changed to accommodate those who can’t use it correctly. Or this would even be about the banishment of commas, made famous by “Let’s eat, grandma” versus “Let’s eat grandma”. Commas, goes the refrain, save lives.
All of that stuff is to be accepted as part of an evolving language that changes throughout the ages. Except that some things shouldn’t change. Such as the appropriate use of apostrophes.
AdvertisementWe could excuse the apostrophe violators who get confused with compound nouns and joint ownership. Those are tricky rules. What we can never excuse, however, is the disregard for its versus it’s, such as the email I received telling me “The company wants to use it’s own logo”. It’s the simplest of rules, really. If there’s an apostrophe in it’s, it stands for it is or it has, and nothing else.
“This is an historical event for our organisation,” wrote a client the other day, referring to the launch of a new product line. Let’s put aside, if we can, the incorrect use of historical – which means an event in the past – as opposed to historic, which refers to an event’s importance in the context of history. Let’s concern ourselves instead with the use of the indefinite article: an.
Many people think words beginning with h should be preceded with an rather than a. Incorrect. The sound of the first syllable is what matters, not the first letter. If the first syllable sounds like a vowel, then an is correct – such as an hour. And if the first syllable sounds like a consonant, a is correct – such as a hopeful outcome.
It’s hopeless, though, to mix up affect and effect. The former is usually a verb, the latter a noun. Although the latter, too, can be a verb, but let’s just keep this basic for now. “We’ve had a positive affect on hundreds of customers,” professed a marketing letter I received from a trusted supplier. It was a letter promptly filed in the bin.
The same letter, would you believe, contained a reference to a complementary report I could download from a website. Presumably, the marketers meant a complimentary report, as in free, rather than the complementary that denotes an addition or enhancement to something that already exists.
And then there’s led and lead. “Maria lead the project last year” was a comment I encountered on an email thread. Unless she was involved in the procurement of metallic substances, it’s more likely Maria led the project, since led is the past tense of to lead.
If you don’t mind some nasty profanity, this image is the best overview I’ve seen on the differences between you’re and your, mistakes that no one with a high school education should be making. This one, equally expletive, goes further in educating people on the distinction between than and then, as well as we’re and were, and arguably the most common of faults: there, their and they’re.
Why is this stuff important? Because being loose with the English language, or being lose with it, as many erringly scribe, disrupts effective communication. Once upon a time, this wasn’t so critical since messages were primarily transmitted verbally. But these days there’s an overreliance on email and SMS, and with that overreliance comes a higher risk of misinterpretation and  lack of professionalism if we can’t even get the fundamentals right.
Or, heck, maybe I am just being pedantic.
What do you think? Are spelling, grammar and punctuation important?


News in Science
Australian music listeners like to impress
Friday, 23 August 2013Anna Salleh

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Australians are most likely to listen to music to impress other people, a new international study of musical preferences has found.
Psychologist Dr Adrian North of Curtin University, and music researcher Dr Jane Davidson of the University of Western Australia, report their findings in a recent issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology.
"People in quite similar cultures are using music for different reasons from one another," says North.
While researchers often study how musical taste varies between individuals and social groups, North and Davidson wanted to see how musical preferences differed across cultures.
"You only have to turn on the radio as you travel around the world to see that musical tastes do differ between different cultures," says North.
In the largest study of its kind, the researchers surveyed nearly 29,000 people from North America, Scandinavia, UK and Ireland, France and Germany, and Australia and New Zealand.
North and Davidson found that when asked about 104 different music styles, survey respondents in most of the five regions of the world showed a clear preference for certain styles, quite independent from education and employment.
North Americans for example liked classical music most, whereas this was least popular in France and Germany, where much of this music comes from.
While Scandinavians liked rock over rebellious music, France and Germany preferred it the other way around.
Interestingly, while Australian and New Zealanders seemed to like all styles pretty equally, they gave jazz a higher rating than respondents from the other regions.
Mood management
North and Davidson also probed why people were listening to music.
They found that overall, pure enjoyment was a relatively unimportant reason.
North says the main reason people were listening to music was for mood management, to help deal with tension and other difficulties, to reduce loneliness and alleviate boredom.
"It's almost like using music as an emotional bandaid," he says. "It's using music to help you get through the day."
Aside from this, when the five world regions were compared, Australia and New Zealanders were most likely to listen to music to please friends, be fashionable, or create an image for themselves.
"People in Australia and New Zealand were most likely to use music to create an impression with other people," says North. North America, and UK and Ireland, by contrast, scored low on this reason.
North says it makes sense that people in different cultures use music for different reasons, but at this stage it is unclear what about each culture explains the trends seen in the survey.
Much has been made about the role of individualist and collectivist cultures in explaining human behaviour, but this does not explain the findings across the five regions, he says.
"With the exception of Scandinavia they are all strongly individualistic cultures, but none the less we still found differences between them in the ways in which people are using music."
North says further research comparing musical preferences across cultures will probe the role of other cultural characteristics in shaping music preferences.
For example, he says some cultures are more masculine than feminine and he would be "amazed" if this did not explain a preference for heavy rock over ballads in some cultures.
Other cultures like to avoid uncertainty and this is likely to result in a preference for established superstars and make it harder for new acts to break through, says North.
Music for the market
Understanding what music people like and why they like it is important for those who sell music, says North, who has previously consulted for the music industry and in-store music providers.
For example, he says, if a goth rock artist knows their fans are using music to form a social group, then they should sell T-shirts cheaply because they know their fans will become walking advertisements.
Alternatively, says North, if people are buying music for mood management, then the music needs to be gentle with strong emotional lyrics that are printed on the sleeve of the CD so they can be thought about.
"It's just a case of giving the market what it's asking for," he says.

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