Opinion – Fifth of overweight Britons say their size is healthy | Society | The Guardian – John Gelmini

English: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

English: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NHS Job Shop:

NHS Job Shop: “Working for Health” in Kentish Town. Closed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is right, neither the Government, which is in thrall to food manufacturers, brewers, major insurers who own farms and the chemical and seed companies like Monsanto or the Guardian want to upset their constituencies and ultimate masters.

The NHS which is a grossly inefficient and wasteful part of Government and beyond meaningful reform has failed and is failing to do its job on obesity and the obese themselves are in denial.

For the most part they justify their lifestyle choices to themselves and fail to change because it represents too much trouble.

John Gelmini

Postwar education at a vexing crossroads | The Japan Times

This insightful and top-trending article in the Japan Times looks at education in Japan since WWII, and the emerging reforms. It’s a recommended read. Check it out!

via Postwar education at a vexing crossroads | The Japan Times.

It’s interesting to contrast education achievements, with say their equivalent in the US or the UK? In Anglo-Saxon countries, there are still often problems with basic literacy and numeracy. Everywhere in the World, there’s a polarization towards the educated and the non-educated – without a university degree, it’s increasingly hard to get a good job. But in the West, there’s an enormous difference between private and public education – the highest standards are normally in private education but this is typically restricted to the privileged children of wealthy parents.

Looking at publicly funded education, I have always regarded the heavily unionized teaching profession in the West, with suspicion. If you throw in the meddling of politicians and the bungling of bureaucrats, that’s surely a recipe for disaster?

Perhaps, Anglo Saxon countries can achieve more effective national education policies by bench-marking against Japan and Korea?

Thoughts?