Originally Posted by wavecrosschris
... it only highlights the negative sides to living here with nasty looking statistics. I'd hate to think what people reading that from outside the uk imagine it's like to live here!
...And I think that the emphasis on the negative is to be expected. These folks are trying to sell magazines of course. Living fairly close to Toronto, I visit there often for business and pleasure. It's a wonderful, clean, safe city. But if one reads the daily papers, you would swear it's full of crime with weekly murders. In reality, these sorts of serious crimes are pretty much limited to a particular neighborhood. Of course it is not politically acceptable to track crime by racial group, but it's pretty apparent who's involved in these crimes 95% of the time.
I spent a week in Chicago a few years ago and I was shocked to read the morning paper where reports of murders were almost daily events. (Of course, it might have just been the week I was there.) What was surprising about it was that nobody seemed to care, and in fact, the reports weren't even worthy of front page coverage. When I commented on this to a local, his response was simply that the people involved in these crimes were almost exclusively involved in the drug trade, and as far as he was concerned, the faster they killed each other off, the better... Public outrage only surfaced when an innocent bystander was killed. This is what happened in Toronto last year when a 15 year old girl was caught in the cross-fire of a gang-related shooting on Toronto's main street. Those involved are before the courts now. Mercifully, that was very much an isolated event.
I was chatting with my SO last night about the article, and the references it made to the education system. She is an elementary-school Principal and sees similar changes here. The integration of classes where no one is excluded is great in theory, but the reality is that when you have classrooms that includes kids with special needs, the teaching will need to be geared toward those less "gifted". As a result, the particularly bright kids, and even the "average" ones are left wanting for challenges...