Saturday, 14 March 2009

Saturday 9: School Daze

Here's my answers to this week's questions from the Saturday 9 Meme:

1. Do you have children in school?
I've not got children, but if I did I'd hope they'd have the sense to not be in school on a Saturday.

2. Did you go to public school? If you have children did/do they?
No, but since I'm not sure what the American definition is, I should probably mention that, in the UK, public school is paradoxically the school that most of the public don't get to go to.

3. Are you currently in school or taking classes?

4. What level of education have you completed?
I got a degree at university.

5. Do you, or did you have loans out for your (or your children's) education?

6. What are your thoughts on the cost of tuition for colleges and universities?
I think it's wrong; learning should be open to everyone and economics shouldn't come into it. When I went to university (decades ago, and I'm talking just about the UK here) most, if not all of it, was paid for by the government; these days students have to take out loans and end up in debt, and universities have to find funding.

7. Did school prepare you education wise for working in the real world?
Yes, in a general sense. It taught me to read, write, learn, solve problems, and to keep an eye on when it was time to leave at night, and that's all you really need.

8. Did school prepare you emotionally for what lay ahead?
To an extent, although some things you can never be prepared emotionally for.

9. If you were to run a high school, what changes would you make?
Well, it's been so long since I've attended one, that I'm not sure what UK high schools are like these days, so I've no idea what changes are needed there. As far as American high schools are concerned, all I see is what's portrayed in the media, and if that's to be believed then I'd cut down on the amount of singing and dancing that goes on there, which can hardly be conducive to learning. Still they're way better than they used to be; at least they're not building them over hellmouths anymore.


NurseExec said...

"singing and dancing" .... excellent!

A Blog In The Rough said...

Wish the media that you get about high school here was really true...but alas it is not anywhere near it.