Blackboard Jungle, Part 4: Anecdotes and Musings

There is a quasi–permanent debate about the education system — with a tendency to get particularly hot during election campaigns — that usually revolves around costs and pretends to have quality in mind. Yet I hardly ever hear of new strategies to ensure a general education level that meets modern professional and academic challenges, or contemporary tactics to achieve as much, being considered. Read more…

Blackboard Jungle, Part 3: Rebels Without a Cause?

Whenever an expert comes forward to explain the reasons for the failing education system to a greater public, I get to hear the same boring catch phrases. Do you never get tired of your dull sermon? Or don’t you bother to listen to your own words anymore? Do you discuss the issue merely out of a defence reflex, without consideration for the opinion of any concerned party outside your profession? Read more…

Blackboard Jungle, Part 2: Watch Your Language

I have no words (fit for printing) to adequately express my disgust with those self–anointed “guardians of (linguistic) culture”. Those, who enjoy themselves “bashing” the youth for “attempted linguicide”, every once in a while.

Youth words of the year? List of shame? Give me a break. Or, to borrow from the kid around the corner, “Sip tea! (smh)”. Read more…

Blackboard Jungle, Part 1: For School, Not for Life

I dare to venture the guess that complaints about the quality and practical benefits of education are as old as mankind — and as commonplace as whining about the weather. That this issue seems to be as present as ever — quasi timeless — reveals more about the complainants than it says about individual concepts proposed and executed to this day. Read more…

Fellowship of Destiny

We are about to lose Italy, and I mean it quite literally. For her own but also for Europe’s sake, this must not happen. The precious reader may consider my assessment of the situation utterly implausible, think that I am exaggerating Italy’s importance in the European context or the possible consequences of failing to recognise and address her misery properly. In this case, especially if you are European, please take the time to reconsider your opinion — and read on. Read more…