Day 16: Thoughts On Education

Now I have to remember here that this is a blog post and shouldn’t be just me rambling on for too long but this is such a broad topic I am slightly worried that once I start I won’t stop.

I think education is massively important. My inner social scientists is currently struggling with picking a way to ‘define’ education because I feel that we are always learning and should always be learning. I LOVE learning.

I feel that learning is something that we never stop doing, ok it becomes less structured   the older we get but there is always something new to learn or find out. Education can help you pass an exam and build you to a position of entry to further educations but what education should do, and this is where I think we are loosing it somewhat, education should set you up for the rest of your life not just for progression into further education. Yes yes, you can’t teach someone to be an adult but you can prepare them for it. When I was at school I took Cookery classes, called Food Technology, this is because we didn’t really cook or learn how to cook that much. Nobody taught me about budgeting, mortgages, providing for a family, but I can work out the circumference of a circle and ask for your name and age in French. You can see what I’m getting at can’t you? We are sending kids out into the world that are so unprepared its scary. I think this is partly to blame for the British Claimant Culture and ridiculously high number of people claiming money as opposed to earning it. Benefits should be the safety net they are designed to be. But arguable the reason people are claiming is because they can’t mange their money and they can’t manage their money because they are not taught how to do so.

We are born into the world with 2 learn behaviours, a fear of falling and a dislike to sour tasting things (apparently – some other crap I learnt at school), if we are not taught in one way or another we don’t know things. If schools don’t pull their weight and in my view they aren’t at the moment they find themselves creating a generation of unprepared young people.

I don’t know if its the same in other countries but the English Education System desperately needs to reevaluate its ideas on setting kids up for the rest of their lives.


Opting in or opting out: Should not registering as an organ donor make you one?

A new proposal for the Netherlands suggests that  not registering as an organ donor will make you one anyway. Firstly let me get my views out in the open and out of the way before we continue. I am an Organ Donor in the UK, I give blood and do my bit for society. I think that we owe it to ourselves and to others to ‘give back’ in any way that we can be that volunteering or donation. I don’t normally talk about my views on organ or blood donation as I feel that it is a personal choice and that nobody should be judged on it. Ultimately I believe that it should first and foremost be a choice. Now my personal feelings are out of the way lets consider this new proposal.

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Super Geek Mode continues – Starting to talk to myself now!

Upping the practice again this weekend. In a bid to outthink and over prepare for next Wednesday’s lesson I have again been practicing by conversing with myself. I walked to work this morning and quite comfortably managed to have a fully Dutch conversation with myself. Apologies to the old guy walking his dog behind me who now knows, if he understand my garbled Dutch, my plans for this weekend.

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Day One of Super Geek Mode!

I’ve got 6 days till my Level 2 exam. I am doing at least an hour a day. I can’t commit to any more than that. Ages ago I dug out my old GCSE French Questions and translated them into Dutch (via the-powers-that-must-not-be-named being Google Translate). I’m going to use these for a framework of my practice. Todays practice was Huiselijk leven.

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The Power of Alternative words (Term 2, Lesson 9)

In this post I am going to be waffling about the use of alternative words in place of ones you may not already know plus giving a handy little language exam tip that has never failed me!

Generally speaking I enjoy my drive back from class. It’s a little English wind down that I really appreciate after being bombarded with conversation that I only confidently understand just over half of. On my drive back from college tonight I started thinking back at some of the notes I had made. Queue note: If you don’t know the word, just explain it.

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