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Rigil Kent
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« on: January 11, 2012, 22:56:29 PM »

So I've gone and quit my job in industry after sixteen years. My plan is to try and become a teacher. I've always had a soft spot for this profession, and see no reason why not to give it a bash, albeit somewhat late in life. So this year I'm brushing up on two subjects, and with any luck I could start in 2013. Still, I'm a bit nervous - haven't written exams in yonks!

Went out shopping on Monday for stationary. They have the snappiest pocket calculators available these days and I picked a sleek new Sharp. I had some trouble locating a pencil case devoid of Ben Ten and Hello Kitty designs, but I found a pretty neat canvas backpack at Checkers. It takes a netbook and six sandwiches with ease. I just hope the prescribed textbooks won't be too bulky.

I've pulled my old Yammy SR250 out of the moth balls, changed the oil and plug, installed a battery and took her for a spin. The little thumper still goes like a dream! It will make a superb scoot-about for the most discerning student.  

So, now to register and attend induction. Exciting times.

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2012, 07:11:34 AM »

Lucky you! You get to play-act being a kid again! You can officially act out and blame it on a pre-mid-life-crises!

My eldest has the jitters very bad, he's starting on the 24th and has blown up like a bullfrog from stress and terror.  Poor kid, what he doesnt realise is that he's going to have a blast, the in-between kid and adult stage are usually a huge amount of fun.

As for becoming a teacher, I admire the fact that you're willing to immerse yourself in the troubles we're facing on that front.  On the flip side, I note from my colleagues that millions of little "home schools" have shot up all over the place, although I have my own personal doubts about the efficiency and quality of such schools, I suppose they do have a place in this country.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2012, 07:24:08 AM »

You can officially act out and blame it on a pre-mid-life-crises!
More like a well-into-midlife-crisis, but what a great idea nevertheless. Grin

Good luck to your boy with his endeavors at Belgium Campus ITversity too .... maybe we can compare notes!

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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2012, 08:21:20 AM »

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that millions of little "home schools" have shot up all over the place, although I have my own personal doubts about the efficiency and quality of such schools, I suppose they do have a place in this country.
Most of those home schools are anti science Creationist "schools". I worked at one (a few different ones came together) where I mentioned the Big Bang. The show was stopped and we (the teacher / mother) argued for a while. Not in front of the kids, they were not allowed to hear, and in the end I had to tone it down.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2012, 08:45:16 AM »

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that millions of little "home schools" have shot up all over the place, although I have my own personal doubts about the efficiency and quality of such schools, I suppose they do have a place in this country.
Most of those home schools are anti science Creationist "schools". I worked at one (a few different ones came together) where I mentioned the Big Bang. The show was stopped and we (the teacher / mother) argued for a while. Not in front of the kids, they were not allowed to hear, and in the end I had to tone it down.

They just seem so.... well... "loose". My one colleague enrolled her 15 year old son in one this year and he shares the "classroom" (a zozo hut in the back of the garden) with a 7 year old and a 19 year old and everything in-between. Today he needs to bring coloured clay to "school".... Sounds very dodgy to me.  She did mention that the child spends an hour a day on bible study (which to her is a wonderful thing), so you're completely correct in your assertion.  I must add though, she's a horribly overprotective mother, and the poor 6ft something, 100kg kid (he is BIG) is like a big softhearted boerboel puppy falling over his own feet.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2012, 20:09:35 PM »

My plan is to try and become a teacher.

Heh, welcome to the club (says the middle-aged guy who is still out on his feet after an exhausting but hugely fun and satisfying day at the after school care centre where he works, for a pittance, while trying to complete a monstrously boring and pointless but apparently essential post-grad diploma in education...)  :-)
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2012, 20:24:04 PM »

Heh, welcome to the club

Thanks, ..... bru. Wink
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