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.