Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fighting for an education...and rights, ethics, integrity, intelligence blah blah blah.

You Are a Hunter Soul

You are driven and ambitious - totally self motivated to succeed

Actively working to achieve what you want, you are skillful in many areas.
You are a natural predator with strong instincts ... and more than a little demanding.
You are creative, energetic, and an extremely powerful force.

An outdoors person, you like animals and relate to them better than people.
You tend to have an explosive personality, but also a good sense of humor.
People sometimes see you as arrogant or a know it all.
You tend to be a bit of a loner, though you hate to be alone.

Souls you are most compatible with: Seeker Soul and Peacemaker Soul

Good thing I'm a hunter cause I feel a meeting with Eldest's school coming on. OMG, get a load of this.

According to the teachers there, there are five continents. Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Oceania. America, as you may have noticed is a country and oceania doesn't exist, it is a series of islands, mostly volcanic in origin...Australia and possibly New Guinea form the Australian continent, and last time I looked, and according to Wiki, since before the 19th century, it has been either the Americas, but more often the familiar North and South America.

Next. The socials teacher, you know all the history sociology politics and stuff? Well this teacher told them that the Nazis approved of all Germans and wanted everyone else done in. This is at best a rash and grossly simplified overstatement that negates the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of German Jews, gypsies, artists, intellectuals, communists, anarchists, gays, lesbians, painters, thinkers, scientists...I could go on. and on. and on.

Finally the technology teacher told them that there is no point in sending or having cell phones or computers in Africa because, duh, doesn't everyone know, there is nowhere to plug them in when the batteries die. See they all live in mud huts.

The overwhelming, shall we call a spade a spade and say racism here? Hmmm, yes I think we shall, the overwhelming racism of this is the bit that really gets me, and sends me in for a meeting maybe tomorrow. At least they, so far, haven't been teaching creationism like Palin wants to.

Hunters, prepare your weapons.

Yes yes yes, I'll be nice.



Katrina said...

That is truly shocking. Could some of this be a language problem...lost in translation, etc? In any case, I hope you do give 'em a piece of your mind.

dawn said...

I am a guru: You are a naturally good counselor. You are inspiring, encouraging, and compassionate.
You are eager to help everyone who crosses your path, even those who don't want to be helped.

You are a natural healer. People feel at peace when they are with you.
You are so good for people, in fact, that they go through withdrawal once you're gone.

You quietly do your own thing, without openly resisting. You secretly try to fix every problem.
Your biggest regret is not being able to help as many people as you'd like.

Seems familiar, but then so does hunter. One thing about education and the books that have been written, much is based solely on belief and it all depends on what side of the battle the author was on. It is why some places don't allow home schooling becuase the parents might not teach the viewpoint set out by the school board of the area.

Carla said...

Wow, interesting take on history... or should I say rewrite? Oh my...

Perhaps it was just an oversight that they forgot about poor Antarctica. Hmmmmmm

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kate said...

Yes, some pretty egregious errors here. I would let the five continents go-- that's not an error, just a different convention for differentiating them, and one that is used by many other countries, not only Spain. And, as I was reminded several times while living in Latin America, "America" is not just one particular country, but a label that can be applied equally to the whole continent, just like "Africa". Here I have often heard the term "americanos" used to describe people from Latin America as well.

The Africa thing is quite disturbing-- yikes. Ditto the Nazi thing-- it would be good to see what the actual textbook says. If you find out, let us know-- I'm curious. In the meantime, I bet there is more complete Holocaust info out there in Catalan somewhere-- maybe bring some with you so the teacher can share them with the class as well? I bet there is at least some stuff on the Internet.

In any case, the fact that your child reports these things to you means she realizes that they are wrong-- so that at least is good, and it also allows you to have a more in-depth discussion about the realities behind them.

I would also find out if language is at all an issue-- there may be nuances that have gotten lost in translation. Hard to imagine, but possible.

Beth said...

Don't be nice Rocky! Go get 'em!!! Do they REALLY teach this stuff??!!! What century are we living in???!

hulagirlatheart said...

Oh my. That is disturbing. That's the kind of thing that makes me lose my mind all over people.

Anonymous said...

That's pretty scary. Though for the continents, in France, when you say "Amérique", it stands for *both* the US and (by default) North America. For the oceania, some define continents by the geological land masses, in which case, you could have a bunch of islands belonging to the same geological landmass. Since apparently nobody really agrees on what a continent is, you have between 5 and 7 continents "usually" recognized. Now, now, the socials teachers and technology teachers are horrifying. I think in France the social teacher could be sued and trialed for her statement. Same thing for the technology teacher, actually.
Good luck with them, and don't forget to sharpen your hunting tools :D

Lynda said...

As a token Australian, let me assure you that we ARE a country AND the world's smallest continent.
Oceania refers to a REGION, not a continent.
I suppose I should think myself lucky - most people think Australia is a small country below Germany... LOL

I would be kicking some Catalan Asss!

As for the IT teacher... Ask her if she thinks that everybody that lives in Cairo, lives in a Pyramid...shocking.