If I had made this story up, readers would have castigated me for producing such an outlandish and far-fetched confabulation.
How much stupider can we make ourselves before the Visigoths clamber over the walls and sack what’s left of our civilization? Presuming, of course, that they don’t die laughing when they encounter the foolishness that passes for modern Western culture.
This British teenager got a prize for waiting at the bus stop. Imagine the honors he would have received if he were really brilliant, and could, say, tie his own shoelaces!
According to The Daily Telegraph:
Teenager Given ‘Council Certificate for Getting on Bus in Greater Manchester’
A teenage boy, Bobby McHale, has been awarded a certificate from a holiday scheme in Bury, Greater Manchester — for getting the bus.
The 15 year-old got the certificate from exam board AQA after attending a three week holiday scheme run by Bury Youth Services earlier in the summer.
Some of Bobby’s friends also received the qualification although others, including Bobby’s younger brother Joe, 13, missed out it.
Oh, well — don’t worry about Joe: he’s got a great future in the Labour Party.
A Bury Council spokesman said: “For several years, young people in Bury have taken part in a summer activities scheme called BRAG (Bury and Rochdale Active Generation). This is a two-week programme of sports, dance, and arts events, run through Bury Youth Service, with events taking place at several venues across Bury and Heywood.
“Participants receive a BRAG pass, details of the activities taking place, and a free bus pass. This is designed to encourage young people to be self-reliant — they have to plan their own schedule and ensure they get to the different activities on time.
“Youngsters receive a sticker after completing each different activity: if they collect eight, they can take part in a Golden Week of bonus events, such as trips to Blackpool or activity centres.
And how much does this important pedagogical enterprise cost the taxpayers?
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“The annual cost of running the BRAG programme of events is £20,000, paid for through a Government grant.”
Just for the record, here’s the set of complex skills Bobby had to master in order to earn his certificate:
Using Public Transport (Unit 1)
In completing the unit the student has demonstrated the ability to:
1. Walk to the local bus stop. 2. Stand or sit at the bus stop and wait for the arrival of a public bus. 3. Enter the bus in a calm and safe manner. 4. Be directed to a downstairs seat by a member of staff 5. Sit on the bus and observe through the windows. 6. Wait until the bus has stopped, stand on request and exit the bus.
Thanks to the incomparable British educational system, it’s quite obvious that we have nothing to fear but fear itself.
Hat tip: Gaia.