Tag: Society

I Am Not a Feminist

One of my readers demanded to know why I chose to remain silent on International Women’s Day (IWD). “At least, you could have expressed your respect for the cause”, she stated. Well, I did, my dear, by observing a day’s silence. For silence appears to be the only approach that’s not been taken in this regard during the past 100 years. Read more…

Blackboard Jungle, Part 5: Cogito Ergo Sum

I would like the precious reader to honestly answer the following three questions: Can you name three practical applications of curve discussion? Can you name five modal verbs? Can you name three principal tributaries to the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang)? (Don’t cheat! Yes, “Dr Google” knows, but I did ask you.) Read more…

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…