Now that I got rid of the ad that nobody was clicking, I can let my juices flow again.
Today is education day for me. The kid is off all day because of the Ontario Grade 10 literacy test. Now, I think this is stupid, but in the general context of education, it is not the most stupid thing. Certainly, you don't want the little kiddies texting during this test: "how u spl graff?"
Now, one of my popular articles is about education. This latest story fits in with that, as well as my blackberry article. Obviously, the extreme to this, is to cut off all modern communication in the classroom, a throwback to the educational ideals of the Victorian era.
Now, I remember in my classes, when the teacher droned on and on in the front, we had several options. We could fall asleep, but that was dangerous, since some teachers were good with the throwing chalk! We could prop up the text book, and read another book behind (only for the smart ones!). We could write studious notes (naah!). Or we could doodle and daydream (my favourite!).
Now, we add electronics - texting and game playing. Does this not tell us something? Are the opaque education systems, and opaque unions doing something good? My opinion is that this shows the technical rot that is so endemic in our institutions. But the bright students survive, and maybe this makes no difference to our society.