Monday, 18 October 2010

Skolsystemet

Wow, två inlägg på en dag! Nu är jag stolt :) Faktum är att detta är ett ämne jag planerat att blogga något om ganska länge men det har liksom aldrig kommit till skott. Nu, efter att jag läst den här artikeln på SvD så känns den här diskussionen mer än aktuell.

Om vi börjar med artikeln och Björklunds förslag på lärarlegitimation så finns det både bra och dåliga sidor av det. Jag vet att man har lärarlegitimation i Japan och utbildningen där är sträng, men effektiv och förutom att den är så pass hård och ansträngande så har jag bara hört positivt om den, och jag tror att det skulle kunna höja kvaliteten på den svenska utbildningen också. Dock finns det en hel del negativt att säga om det också. Det mesta tas redan upp i artikeln och övergångsperioder är alltid jobbiga men jag tror att just den här övergångsperioden är något som är nödvändigt.

Detta anser jag då utifrån erfarenhet av dåliga skolor. Högstadieskolan jag gick på i min hemkommun, Svedala, har fått en hel del kritik från flera håll; elever, föräldrar, styrelse, kommun etc etc. Men det är svårt att göra någonting åt det. Hela grejen nådde sin kulmen i förra året då eleverna (däribland min lillasyster) gick ut och demonstrerade för att kommunen hade valt att göra fel nedskärningar och istället för att ta bort de äldre, lite sämre lärarna som dock hade varit där längre, valt att avskeda de yngre lärarna med inte lika lång anställning. Ganska logiskt kan man tycka, men eftersom det är eleverna som ska lära... Det visade sig att eleverna tyckte bättre om de yngre lärarna och att de kände att de lärde sig mer av dem. Det var i början av samma år som regeringen hade infört lagen att gymnasieelever och universitetsstudenter skulle få utvärdera sina lärare och kurser. Kanske är nästa steg att låta eleverna göra detta även på högstadiet? Om eleverna redan då fick visa vilka lärare de tyckte bäst om och lärde sig mest av, skulle inte detta leda till en högre standard och bättre resultat på högstadieskolorna? Det är trots allt de tre åren av grundskolan som är de viktigaste och det är under de tre åren som man börjar forma en tanke på vad man vill göra med sitt liv. Hur skulle det då vara om eleverna helt enkelt fick säga vem de vill ska undervisa dem?

Här är då två klipp, det ena sändes på Sydnytt under 2009 och det andra är inspelat, som relaterar till detta.
Kritik mot Centralskolan (Svedalas högstadieskola):


Centralskolans elever demonstrerar:

Education

This term I chose to study Economics. It's a 4-year program and I was really looking forward to starting. But when it all began I started to regret my chocie bit by bit. Sure it was interesting, but it wasn't fun. No matter how much I studied it felt like nothing stuck. It was agnoising but I kept at it, determined that I was going to make it through the first year and then maybe change completely. But then there was that day last week when I didn't study for a whole day and I was so agonized by the fact that I hadn't studied and then equally agonized by the amount I had to study. It wasn't fun, it was hell and I wanted out of it. After a really tough discussion with Love (that's my boyfriend's name; Loo-veh) I decided what to do and it wasn't what I had originally planned but it felt so much better.

So instead of maybe studying four years of Economics and get a Master degree. I decided to leave Economics completely next term and continue with my languages. I will study French full time, towards the goal of getting a baccalaureate and then start the Translator program and get a Master :) Languages are what I know, they are what I'm good at and what I understand without trying much. And by studying French, the door is still open towards becoming an EU-translator or interpretor. EU is in despreate need of translators and interpretors and if I study enough to become one of the best... Who knows what might happen?

Just because Economics is considered to be a great subject to study and a subject that will lead directly to an occupation doesn't mean it's great for everyone. I'm gonna make my own life and I'm gonna do what feels right to me, so for now I'm gonna try to finish this course I'm on and then it's bye-bye secure future and hello fun times ;P

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Autumn

The fairies have been dancing a lot lately. Today the fog was everywhere and hardly see-through at some places. It was wonderful having a lecture at the third floor and instead of listening looking through the window and seeing absolutely nothing but whiteness. Taking the bus home to my parents' house was even better. At one point I looked up at the sky and for a moment I thought I saw the moon shining as clearly as in night time, perfectly round and full. Then I realised that it was the sun and in some weird way it couldn't shine through the fog but I could see it perfectly. After I realised that I also realised it might not be a good idea to look directly at the sun :P

However the fairies are making me happy. Smoking fields are amazing :) And they remind me that soon, very soon, the sun will stop being this awfully late-summer sharp and it will keep getting colder and colder. Cold is wonderful and so is winter. I took a quick glance at the thermometer at home and was happy to see that it was finally below 10 degrees - wonderful. Soon enough it will even be below 5, or maybe even around 0 and I will be as happy as can be :)

I did a post similar to this last year on my old blog, but I thought I'd try to remember it and post a remake here. This, as you might have noticed, is my new blog of the second decade of the 21st century :)

Cold means having an excuse to stay indoors doing nothing all day, with no one complaining if you don't go outdoors or sit by the computer all day. Cold means coming back inside, all freezing, and then getting warm again under a blanket, watching Love Actually for the umpth time while sipping on a mug of chocolate.

Cold means going outdoors and feel the cold coming at your face, your nose, your ears, your fingers and toes. It means seeing your breath in front of you and feeling your nostrils stick together when taking a deep breath.

Do you forget, each year, the joy snow brings. How children always play? Do you forget, each year, how beautiful the world is when the sun shines dully from a clearblue sky on a world covered in frost and untouched snow.

Cold means wearing shirts on size too big. Cold means destroying tidy heaps of leef by walking right through them. Cold means freezing rain and hail. Cold means that the weather will once again show its forces and make us feel refreshed and alive when coming back indoors after a walk in the hard winds and heavy rain.

Cold means that Christmas and New Years are on their way, and do you forget, each year, how kind people suddenly become - because it's that time of the year? Do you forget the food, the treats, the presents, the quality time with your family, the lights, the candles, the decorations and the cosiness.

Cold doesn't necessarily means standing shaking and freezing at a bus stop waiting for the bus for eternity beacuse it's late due to the snow and ice, although that almost always happens. It means bundle up, relax and smile. In the simplest of terms; you sun and summer lovers shouldn't waste your energy hating the cold; the best part of the year is only just beginning.

Friday, 8 October 2010

The future

This week I read a columnist article in metro that made me kind of happy and excited to see what the future holds. I wasn't emotionally affected by the catastrophical results of the Swedish elections, but I wasn't hopeful that there was a different future waiting after those coming four years of right wing rule. Today the European map is very blue, and at some places even brown. Why do people think that we have evolved so far socially that what happened 70 years ago in Germany can't happen again? It can happen again and this film shows it. I recommend it a lot. Go see it!

However, back to the columnist. He wrote that the socialist parties around Europe had started to move. Instead of trying to imitate the right wing ideologies they were once again trying to be what they are; truly socialist. I'm not making any secret as to where I stand politically and I'm not planning on changing that anytime soon, although people have a way of telling me that I'm left wing simply because I'm a university student. Like it's some kind of adolescent thing that I will grow out of.

Anyway here's the column for anyone interested. It's in Swedish ofc.

And now I was going to post a video, but incidentally YouTube has ofc deleted it. Don't you just looove copyright? -.-'