Have you ever had someone say something that you want to burst out laughing at – but you don’t want to hurt their feelings?
I was at the doctors and the little nurse practitioner came in to check my BP etc and she asked where I was from… The conversation went like this:
Me: I’m from London, England.
Nurse: Oh wow is it really different there?
Me: Yes it is quite different but I like it here too.
Nurse: Do they speak English there too or did you have to learn it when you moved here?
Me: (pause to not laugh) No, they speak English in England.
Nurse: Wow, I didn’t know any other countries spoke English. What else is different?
Me: Well, schools are very different for one.
I was aching trying not to laugh but that dried up awful quick when I realised these are the people giving me my injections!
Why are we allowing schools to give such a substandard education? This isn’t a new thing – it’s at LEAST twenty years old because this nurse has a birthday the day after mine and she’ll be 41 this year.
Education needs to have strata. There needs to be provision for every student because I’m sick of seeing bright kids held back and I’m just as sick at seeing those who need more help not getting it.
How many people are in prison because they can’t read or write? I would love to see how increasing education in prisons would impact re offending. We shouldn’t NEED to educate in prison though. Teachers aren’t able to teach any more, they just have to get test results by any means and that means we’re failing our kids. People laugh when cashiers can’t make change in a store but it’s tragic, not funny.