Education III and Donkeys/Asses.

My post Education was a light hearted approach to a serious problem and Education II was a very serious one on the same subject.  Now this post is a combination of both seriousness and comedy with the quirks of English and American English playing a role too.

Cathy from New Zealand,  while commenting on my post Education has this chilling personal tale to share with us.

“Education such a funny sort of thing err object… I always wanted to go to University, I finally got there under special admission when I was in my mid 50’s. I had it in my mind it was somewhere I could feel at home and be able to assert my difference. Well, “my difference” took such a battering that it’s a wonder I managed to actually get my BA majoring in Art History and Asian Studies.

I remember telling various people that “this dumbing down was getting to me” – each professional lecturer/tutor couldn’t quite grasp it all…and would say “dumbing down????” Often I wanted to run away but I had set a goal and I stuck to it.

When I was done, and I wanted to return, maybe I could get with “me thoughts” – I’m 3 papers shy of a GradDip in another arena. I was hoping to return this year but a couple of comments on one of my final essays has put paid to returning, methinks. Apparently, I should be confining my words to what said lecturer knows…all I did was criticize the author of the book review – included evidence…

My education must be tailored…to their expectations. Considering that most of them are much younger than me I find that hilarious. Of course lecturers et al, do not live in the real world 🙂

Instead I’m doing something that allows me to show a difference, my Mentor gently guides me and encourages me to move in the art-making world…lots more fun for sure :-)”

So, the problem with Education has no national boundaries!

Here is something that should bring a smile to your faces to start the new week off.  Americans use the word ass to indicate both the four legged animal and derriere.  So, when some comedy is called for it becomes quite easy.  Instead of the Donkey of the Nawab’s story, we now have American asses. Please click on the image for a larger resolution.

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19 thoughts on “Education III and Donkeys/Asses.”

  1. Re-reading my comment (permission was given for it to expand to here) is that I feel quite saddened on the matter. One of the reasons I went to University was so I could get a career (yes I know I was older then) and the government department that looks after my welfare – thought it was a good idea as well. They threw many $$ at me yearly to help with the fees and pay my public transport.

    Near the end I had only 2 papers left, the case manager was excited and she told me what would happen when I was done – how they would help me get into a “career” etc. It all looked promising. I got my grants and duly got it done.

    In July, I set off for the government office in high spirits but I left there with a “knife” in my guts. You see something magic happened between January and July. I had my birthday.

    In January I was 59 and by July I was 60! You might say “okay, so what” well when you are 60 in NZ you are basically on the scrap-heap for going into first time employment (many decades since I worked).

    As I walked home, still holding the end of Personal Development Plan I couldn’t quite understand “why”…it took me months to accept the problem but in the end I just “so be it” and got on with doing whatever else I wanted to do…

    Hence I keep educating myself and now doing what I should have done in the first place but everyone tells me that being an Artist is not a career 🙂 Including the government welfare people!

  2. A long time ago whilst sitting in a small boat fishing near San Diego with my namesake uncle Chuck one of our usual arguments about right/wrong, good/evil and conservative/liberal ensued. Chuck was a member of the John Birch Society and a fervent follower of Ayn Rand and Barry Goldwater. How funny at that time so many people feared Goldwater. I was a political science student in college. At any rate I was prattling on about the functional theory of international development whose gury David Mitrany was a friend of my college advisor. Rather than get apoplectic Chuck just laughed and said “Butch – it’s all about money.” Making money. Anything that restricts someone from making money (he was speaking of government regulation) was quite simply evil and they should be eliminated. Money talks was his motto. Money was power. Looking back I suppose he would be quite happy with how things turned out had he lived. In one of his business endeavors he ran afoul of the Mexican Mafia (he was at the time in the liquor import business) and became a hood ornament on a taxi near Tijuana. Now I never could buy into the drivel Ayn Rand spouted but he was right about money. Everything about today points to that. And while I doubt anyone would be grumbling about the top 1% had our vast middle class not been decimated by events of the past decade or so the problem that is the income gap will only get worse.Education? An education system based upon an outdated agrarian society is doomed to fail. I fear for the world my grandchildren are being given.
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    1. “bums on seats” comes to mind… one of things I have seen here to do with education is that the buildings on land, using utitilies are now charged for power, water, sewage, and anything else that another business/gov’t wants payment for… the water and power bill at my University must be madness with more than 8000 students and numerous buildings. There are signs everywhere about saving power, especially in the computer labs!

        1. And students from China India etc will come financed by parents who sell assets for such escapades and these so called students desperately try to find ways and means of staying on there permanently with or without degrees/diplomas.

        1. Overseas students are better for the University as they can charge them an arm and a leg…at my campus there is an small overseas office, at certain times of the year the queue winds it way out the door and down around a grassed area, impressive until you realise it’s about your “student visa” or whatever…paperwork is on the rise 🙂

    2. There will be some drastic changes in the next decade or so Shackman and in the process a couple of generations may pay very high prices. But change is inevitable now.

  3. Dearest Ramana & Cathy
    I can call you dearest as we grew up together on Peters Road in Chennai India
    This so too familiar. I had full scholarship for a PhD in Arts and Humanities at Charles Darwin University, NT, Australia and did I have problems. I wanted to work with a group of Aboriginals that I was working wit from Yirrkala and I thought a PhD would help me as I already had an MFA, to continue my resarch on Ritual Art in Contemporary Settings! Yikes! After an year, I ran! Very sexist as I was older than all of them and as well oblivious about research methodologies! I was actually doing well when I connected with the Aboriginals after I lost my mother in a very Spiritual way. Well to make the story short, I quit and I am back in the USA snce 2009 and ‘Creating Sacred Spaces’ through my art for everyone who wants to listen! so Cathy, you are not alone! Good luck and follow your passion! I am and I am 63 years young and believe me I am so content!
    Hugs and Love to all Ramana’s friends and family!

    1. Thanks Radha, for your inspiring reply. I will do my best to become the artist I am looking to be…

      one thing my Mentor truly likes is that I have research skills which means I can find out about how to do things in whatever I’m choosing to ‘master’ at this point…

  4. Many thanks everyone… I will continue on this new pathway because I actually have a Mentor, Rachel who inspires me as well. She tells me that having the hand tremor is actually a blessing for painting because a straight line without a wobble isn’t going to make a real painting.

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