Posts tagged ‘class’

Educational reform

I’ve heard this on the radio the other day.
The educational reform in this country is designed in a way as to prevent kids in the first three years of primary school to fail.
So if the kid is dumb as shit, or slow (there I said it, now what PC police?), the kid is still going to advance to the next class.

Why?

If the child has obvious difficulties comprehending how to read or write simple letters, has problems with addition and subtraction, guess what? Reading more, writing coherent sentences or multiplication and division will be an obstacle the kid won’t be able to overcome.

This idea was obviously pushed by the feel-good crowd. (Sadly not the good sounding Gorillaz one)
This is as not to hurt anyone’s feelings.
Not the kids’, not the parents’.

The trend of blaming failure on the teachers rather than lazy/stupid pupils/students is continuing and will worsen once fourth grade has been reached and the failure train will keep the kids on perpetual hold.

Progress! Bravo, you truly have achieved something.

I would not be surprised the least to learn that this idea came from a mommyblogger type of person, seeing children as special snowflakes in need of protection.
Guess what sunshine, seven billion special snowflakes are just annoying snowcover. Once on the ground, they mash together, becoming identical snow wherever you look.
Deal with it.

People, parents in particular, teach your fucking kids! This is not just the teachers’ job, but also your obligation. Put down the remote, turn off the TV or computer/tablet/smartphone.
Spend time with your kids, and rehash what they did at school. It’ll work wonders, feelings and just having fun, ain’t going to get them through life. We all have to do stuff we don’t like.
The sooner the children learn this the sooner things will improve.
Parents (feelings and fun portion):
Grow up.

Take care,
A.

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History class(less)

My country, Austria, in central Europe, is over a thousand years old.
Well. The oldest written record concerning Austria is over a thousand years old, from AD 996, so it stands to reason to assume that the country in and of itself is a bit older than that.

A thousand years of history, from dark ages, crusades and wars fought on this soil, to modern day achievements and discoveries.

There is a newspaper in this country that has named itself after this country, and for some odd reason or another they made a book about the thousand years of history in this country, claiming that one could find everything in that book concerning those thousand years…
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For that, however, they kept it rather concise: 80 pages, and that includes our crappy anthem. (Please observe that the Index puts a two page anthem article on page 80, and in reality it is pages 78-79)
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A 78 page esay – in a regular format like A4, not the oddly sized bookling we’re talking about here – might be enough to write about the time since 1995, ever since the election concerning Austria joining the EU was stolenheld, the center-right government was in power and the banking crisis of recent years took place.
MIGHT.

At the same time, this bookling is another great analogy of my own history classes.

I sat in history classes for four years during my regular school career. We had two years in which we did everything from the dawn of time as we know it, up until 1938, and everything after 1945 to the present.
The other two years we stuck with that 7 year period (from hell). Austria joining Hitler Germany, all the way to the end.

This bookling isn’t doing that per se, but boasting about 1000 years of history and then from page 18 on forward only doing 20th century (and the beginning of this one) is NOT doing the other 900 years any justice!
So if you are planning on doing anything like this for your country, be honest.
The last 100 years are better documented (and more detailed so) than the previous 1000 together. Our bias towards the recent history therefore, is natural.

But if you are claiming to teach history, in form of a class or a book(ling), treat the topics like you would unruly children: be objectively and treat them equal.
Otherwise you end up with something like this. Proof that infinity exists.

How’s that you ask? In theory, if you had enough time (=infinity) you could throw your wet laundry in the dryer and it might, on one occasion, come out not only dry, but also perfectly folded.
This bookling must have come into existence in such freak accident. Paper and printing ink were combined by some miracle of infinity to create this, without any human supervision or interference of any kind. No journalists, no printing, no anything. Just a mysterious explosion that shatspat out this creation. A miracle. A crappy one, but still….
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