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16 April 2006

Disexcitementarianism

If schools are to prepare students for real life, say British teachers, those students must be presented with boring material:

Pupils needed to get used to the idea that life wasn't a constant "Disney ride", said delegates at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers annual conference yesterday. "I don't have the energy to do all-singing all-dancing lessons every day, five-days-a-week, each term," supply maths teacher Zoe Fail explained, to loud cheers. "Children are not bored enough. They are over stimulated. Being bored encourages thinking skills and imaginative play."

Teacher after teacher said that they believed their students to be incapable of handling the mundane aspects of everyday life beyond the television screen or interactive whiteboard.

Obviously, with a name like that, Ms Fail was born to teach. And besides, she's right: the youngsters are going to be disillusioned, even despondent, when they get past their O-levels and discover that life isn't going to maintain the sort of frenetic pace they've enjoyed so far. This is not to say that things never happen quickly in the Land of the Grownups, but they don't happen at conveniently-frequent intervals. Boredom is part of maturity, as Barry Williams points out:

"When they say to me: 'Mr Williams, that girl is looking out of the window staring at a tree,' I say: 'Do they not recognise the advanced stages of Zen Buddhism which I have brought into my lessons?' I am in fact producing adults who will be able to watch party political broadcasts."

They might even be able to read blogs.

(Via Joanne Jacobs.)

Posted at 4:48 PM to Almost Yogurt