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#1 duke_Qa

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 09:02 AM

Oh well, I guess it wasn't very surprising that they would want to focus on the brighter parts of the past. Linky

The material calls for lawmakers to amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”


The winner writes the history they say, luckily in this age of communication we can quickly notice when people are planning to refocus our lenses. History is like experience; we should learn from our mistakes and not glorify them. If there is one thing I've learned through life is that if you do not acknowledge that you have done wrong, you will repeat it.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 01:55 PM

White people are stupid.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 02:15 PM

The negative aspect of positive thinking?

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:41 PM

"Wait...so the Red Indians walked across from Europe during the ice age. And white people came over from England and Holland in big boats to settle new lands."
"Yes, Timmy, that's right..."
"So how did the black people get there?"
"*uneasy look* Silly Timmy...they came with the white people in the boats! They were brought from Africa and were all given wonderful jobs and gainful employment farming cotton, tobacco and sugar!"
"But did they actually want to come?"
"*Tweak* Of course. They absolutely loved the jewellery we introduced them to! They already had more gold than they knew what to do with so we gave them iron necklaces and bracelets instead."
"Why did your face twitch then, Miss?"
"Now Timmy, do you remember what we said about asking so many questions? You're just a kid! You aren't supposed to ask questions. You remember how it works when you're at church and how you're not supposed to ask questions? Well, that's how it works here too. I'm going to have a word with the principal and get you sent to a special institution..."

-Two weeks later, Timmy returns to school with a strange scar above his left temple-

"Now Timmy, did you do your homework and read America Has Never Done Anything Nasty by The Ministry of Truth?"
"*Dribble* Yes miss..."
"And what does 2+2 equal?"
"5, miss."
"Very good! Did you enjoy the truth?"
"Yes miss..."
"And did you ask any questions?"
"No miss. Not one. Because it's all true."

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:52 PM

Fortunately, no amount of Christian-political propaganda will decide what I teach.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:53 PM

Haha - you'll probably be teaching the walls of your livingroom before long then.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:02 PM

What Matias said. You won't be teaching long if you don't adhere to whatever bullshit they want you to teach.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:25 PM

I'll only be teaching publicly for two years before upgrading to a university if all goes well. Then I get to make up my own curriculum.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:29 PM

If you can make it, awesome.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 08:59 PM

I'll only be teaching publicly for two years before upgrading to a university if all goes well. Then I get to make up my own curriculum.

So, you can teach without any degrees? Or am I missing something here?
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 09:45 PM

No, I'll be going to school for ~4.5 years getting my associate's degree from a university. With that I can teach at any public school, grades 7-12. I'll do that for two years while taking my master's courses at night, which is how long it will take to complete the course. Or I may just take them normally during the day - I just need something to pay for my expenses during the mean-time. But once I get it I'll go off and teach at a university or community college somewhere.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 01:38 AM

I had similar plans once.

Then things happened and now I'm stuck somewhere in the middle with no hope.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 07:41 AM

Neh... teaching = authority complex

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 10:45 AM

I wanted to go into teaching too. Still do, but once again I have found myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is the first year that Sheffield University has not offered the primary PGCE, which is what I wanted to do, so if I want to carry on with this I'm going to have to move. I love this city, but it's infuriating beyond reason.
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 11:32 AM

Neh... teaching = authority complex


That's politics.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 11:46 AM

Mike_ - your signature is too wide. It'll rape the tables for people on lower resolutions and render your posts unreadable.

I wanted to go into teaching too. Still do, but once again I have found myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is the first year that Sheffield University has not offered the primary PGCE, which is what I wanted to do, so if I want to carry on with this I'm going to have to move. I love this city, but it's infuriating beyond reason.


It takes one year to complete a PGCE. Man up and move out.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 12:55 PM

But the majority of PGCE graduates find work where they take the course, because so much of it is practical work in a local school. Chances are it wouldn't just be one year, it would be most of the remainder of my young life. Meh, fuck it. You're right. It's just annoying because I had a plan that, once again, my choice of university has rendered invalid.
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 02:19 PM

Neh... teaching = authority complex

So what does that say about us coppers, then?

But the majority of PGCE graduates find work where they take the course, because so much of it is practical work in a local school. Chances are it wouldn't just be one year, it would be most of the remainder of my young life. Meh, fuck it. You're right. It's just annoying because I had a plan that, once again, my choice of university has rendered invalid.

Why not try the other Sheffield university? There are, after all, two... :ninja:

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 02:23 PM

Nope, Hallam's rubbish too. Also, it's a godawful place that I have spent the past three years scorning, I'm not sure I could accept switching allegiance like that. :ninja:
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 08:58 PM

To be honest, this 'good' uni 'bad' uni thing is a load of hogwash. Every uni is more or less the same and they're all much of a muchness. I appreciate what you're saying with the inter-campus rivalry but we don't have the same level of involvement with our university system to justify positive or negative opinions of universities other than the one you attended; you can say your own was shit, but really how much have you got to know the others?

S'why I put no stock in a university's reputation. If I like the campus and I like the staff, I judge it to be good. I forewent positions I could easily have walked into at other institutions because I liked Chester. In hindsight, I should probably have gone somewhere else...or more accurately, not gone at all. I would blatantly be in a better social and financial position than I am right now if I had just gone and got a job. I thoroughly regret going to university, but I digress...

Your assertion that Hallam uni is, in a quirk of irony, both as unabiguously and obviously true as it is biased and probably unfounded. :D Nothing good exists in Sheffield. The very idea is an oxymoron. Short of being Sun-reading Nottinghamshire scab bastards I as a Barnsleyite (or, indeed, a human being with working eyes and a functional frontal cortex) can see no worse state of being than that of being "dee-dah". :p

Have you considered other Yorkshire institutions? You wouldn't necessarily even have to move all that far. York St. John have a fantastic teaching department.




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