Back when the world was still young and very, very big, somebody thought it wise to employ inspirational quotes as a way of lifting the general mood out of abject depression. Life, you see, sucks.
But so does a vacuum cleaner.
“Don’t wait until you feel better to live your life, get your coat on and live it now.”
Perhaps I agree with some of this, but question why I need my coat on to live my life. Surely, this is a little prohibitive.
It was a Year 7 lesson in which an inspirational quote was unknowingly uttered:
“Sir, is Ancient Greece something from the nineties?”
Laughter was my initial response. Kids sometimes don’t get it. They may overlook a century or a continent in the same way that others overlook an occasional misspelling or punctuation error. After explaining that Ancient Greece was some several thousand years in the past, I realised that her misconception had not been rectified; time, centuries, eons were just so much other things to fall out of a busy mind.
I had turned away momentarily before having to turn back again and remind her not to continue to wrestle a pencil case off her friend.
But then again, she was only getting on with it and living for the moment. Are teachers such myopic tyrants that we would deny the life out of any kid in our care just so that we can educate the hell out of them?
This week I heard that slippers are the answer.
One primary school teacher had carried out some research that suggested that the wearing of slippers in the classroom improved educational outcomes. It was, apparently, part of their ‘wrap-around’ learning environment in which the students had opted to take more responsibility and control of their learning episodes.
When I was at school, the slipper was the softest of the hard options for learning.
The other thing that I heard this morning was that in South Korea, the entire student population go to sleep for at least one hour after lunch. This was being lauded as good practice as the South Korean offspring tended to get much better results than our own.
So now, somebody in the Department of Miseducation will command all schools to be ‘lounge lizard aware’ and to adopt the manner of the sloth.
In that respect, I can report that I am probably ahead of the game as many of my after lunch lessons bear a striking resemblance to an episode of The Walking Dead (during nap-time).