Tuesday, September 27, 2005

It's midday. Nearly time to go to school. Maybe. 

Every once in a while, someone has a really good idea.

I would have loved that.

I wouldn't stop there, however. I would ditch homework, several subjects and compulsory note-taking. I'm not sure about anyone else but I had a teacher - in years 11 and 12 - who made us write out entire slabs of text-books because we had to learn 'note-taking' to prepare for the rigours of university study.

Foolish man.

To this day I despise the practice of taking notes. People who obsessively write down things in meetings would take more in if they just listened attentively.

I mean, who reads their notes later? Most just get tossed in the bin.

is it time for a nap yet? i think so

This and the news that kids will only be expected to study one book in Year 12 (and maybe some bit of media crap they found on a DVD, website, mobile phone or toilet wall).

Geez, they'll be able to sleep in until lunchtime and read one book in a year no problems!
Love your remark about despising note-taking. In my short spell as a trainer, and many years as a student, I observed that you take notes when you can't be bothered to involve yourself completely, or you don't understand. Note-taking is a postponement of getting yourself engaged in learning. I sometimes refused to allow it in my own training course, scandalising certain students.
ACTually, I am just the kind of geek who re-reads her notes later. Well, depending on what they're for. I have notes from lit classes that are still interesting. (Of course, I was lucky to have amazing teachers.) I also flip through my notes from times I have seen authors speak every now and again.

Yes, I am a geek.
I always take in information better if I can draw while listening - someone should've explained this to the teachers who ripped up my pictures!
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