Thursday, April 19, 2012

The oddities of no one being interested, but everyone being there because of formalities....

Why do I say this? Because it is exactly the way it is...

 And this already starts with school, if not kindergarten. Politics make the laws on what has to be learned, institutions write their schedules and formalities. Then it is up to the teachers to make their lessons, and for the students to....learn? to endure them? To be present only with their bodies? I know that the effect of lessons depends alot on who teaches and on the how, but that's not the point right now...

Well, the school system in Germany is complicated anyway, but 2005 the G8 has been introduced, reducing the amount of years of the "Gymnasium" from 9 to 8 years, while on the same time, drastically rise the level of contents to be teached, and also changing the structures of mandatory lessons and formalities.

I was one of the last years that still had the old 9 year structure, but I know from talks with teachers and younger students that the structure was not all well made, the amount of work to do did rise, surely, but the level of standards did fall...

With universities and other types of schools of higher education something similar has been made, with implementing the bachelor/ master system and making it mandatory in 2007. Well, it had been set to be made 2003 already, but people didn't inform and notice themselves about it.

 So, eventually everyone was like "WHAT???", and the protests came afterwards, when it was too late already...The exact same thing has been made with the studdying fees by the way, but there the protests actually did help, just NOT here in Bavaria, BUH! (Bavaria....the home and castle of the conservatives??)

Well, this system has been introduced to be able to make a better comparison between the EU countries, but how should that be possible when it is impossible to change from one university to the other without any big fight? Or that the points you aquire in another country suddenly do not count anymore, although you have been told they do...and the types of lessons and contents still vary between the places as much as before. 

Or that the allowance that you might get from the government is denied to you because one of your divorced parents refuces to send the documents, or because one of your parents is earning 10€ too much? In the end, there is always trouble for the people of formalities are being used too strictly, and this does not only count in the education system, for sure...

But with this new system, at least in the philosophical department (social sciences, educational sciences, languages,...), the modalities had to be changed and rewritten, and certainly not as well as they could have been done....and that could be noticed on the lessons very well...

The studdie conditions have been rewritten several times since then, sometimes the students were allowed to choose whether they want to stay with the old or take the new, sometimes they couldn't. Some important lessons simply have been "cut", even if you still had the right to take them. 

Over all, the variety of lessons diminished. And the lessons, well, the same content is repeated in several courses, and in several semesters, making it boring and wondering why to go there at all. Sometimes the teachers already sucked so much, that the students had correct them during their readings, which is not so good, because the "old fashioned teachers" love their reputations......so they say you are wrong, and then tell the exactly same thing you just said.....

And if they have to admit that they made a mistake because they have no other choice, or if they want something from you that they cannot force upon you, well, you can see the slime literally everyhwere... 

But there are also students that wish for practical trainings, while they know exactly that they will not get this at a university, and still they complain, that's odd, too....

Well, the teachers have do adapt too, not only the students. Everyone has to adapt, because it doesn't count what anyone wants, just what is required on the papers.

Like this, it is no good preparations for future workings, nor really a good possibility to learn the things you are interested in....

But isn't education all about learning and improving ones knowledge? And to develop yourself as a human being? To be proven wrong and learn from it, belongs to this too. But how can you learn and gain experience when you think you are wasting your time? Just for the certification and because in the working world a bachelor or master counts more? So, even structures, as old or new as they might be, have to be changed or made obsolete if they are proven wrong....

And this exactly one of the things that make people have to be able to adapt to fast changes, in any part of their lifes.

But I better not even mention the love of bureaucracy in this country....lol....which is one of the things that makes it completely impossible to change any structure....well, maybe on the surface and to pretend.

This makes me think the educations systems are not for education indeed, but for make people dependent on others to tell them what to do, and to make them more stupid than they actually are....while, on the same time, because of the higher certification than most of the countries inhabitants, make them believe they are the experts, the elites.....which they definately aren't.

As for the quality of lessons that I saw in the last years this just fits completely well...But again, it is not only the teachers fault....:






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