Sunday, September 10, 2006

We don't need no education

Well, it is time for the Greek kids to go back to school. Their first day back is tomorrow, a week after what used to be the traditional U.S. date to start the school year (the day after Labor Day, which is the first Monday in September). Most American kids started school weeks ago, in the full heat of summer, poor things.

I hope Greek schoolchildren are ready for another year full of crappy textbooks, questionable teaching habits, and for the high school kids, a time filled with cramming for your national exams (and paying lots of extra money for tutors and additional classes) instead of actually learning something. I have to wonder that Greeks aren't socially maladjusted after going through the stress of determining the outcome of their futures at the ripe old age of 16, with the risk of failing miserably and never accomplishing anything they want with their lives. What a great educational system.*

Καλή τύχη παιδιά!



*Not that I am suggesting in any way, shape, or form that the U.S. educational system is perfect. Far from it.

1 comment:

deviousdiva said...

"Καλή τύχη παιδιά!"

They're gonna need it !

To add to the misery primary school teachers are on a five-day strike next week...

But we did get the mountain of crappy textbooks yesterday.

My kid also doesn't get all-day school yet because they haven't got a second teacher because too many children wish to attend... just like last year and the year before that and the year before that.

Big Sigh