Cluj

Education “101 “

”Mă tu ești nebun la cap, unde dracu ai văzut, de ce scrii zero mă băiatule? Pune zero la rezultat. Mă tu ești normal la cap? Mă tu ești normal la cap, tu ești întreg? Unde dracu ai văzut pus acolo? Tu nu ești în stare să urmărești o dată cu noi? Mă tu ești normal, mă băiatule (profesoara începe să ridice tonul)? Tu nu îți poți reveni la ritmul colegilor tăi? Du-te naibii în pregătitoare. Du-te în grădiniță. Pleacă în pregătitoare! Incapabil să te concentrezi. Toți sunt acolo (n.red. fac bine), dar el e pe nicăieri. A scris trei imbecilități pe prima coloană. Mă băiatule, tu ești întreg? Unde îți stă mă capul? Vino dracului la catedră să te păzesc ca pe un copil mic. Jumătate de creier ce esti! Adu-ți scaunul să fii supravegheat ca bebelușii. Bebeluș!… Tu dormi noaptea? Că văd că sforăi aici, fără sunet. Unde am scris noi 01, 02 și 04? Tu notezi numere de telefon? Că mi-oi vărsa plămânii aici pe masă, de mi-a țâșni sângele din gât! Să mor eu dacă înțeleg ce vrei să spui. După ce vii la școală dacă nu știi unde esti? După ce vii? Ca să ai de unde merge acasă? Păi stai acasă și nu mai veni”.

Translation:

“Are you crazy?! Where the hell dd you see something like this, to write zero? He writes zero at the result Are you sane? Are you sane? Where the hell did you see? Aren’t you able to keep it up with us?! Are you crazy? (she screams)  Aren’t you able to keep it up with your colleagues? Go the heck to preschool! Go to kinder garden! Go to preschool! Incapable to concentrate. Everyone is here, but his is nowhere. He wrote 3 stupid things on the first column. Oh boy, are you sane?! Where’s your mind?! Come the f*ck to my desk to watch on you like you’re a baby. Half brained that you are! Bring your chair to babysit you! BABY! Do you sleep at night? Because I see that you are snoring, but without sound. where did we write 01, 02 and 04? Are you writing down phone numbers?  I’ll threw my lungs on the table and blood will gush out of my throat! I’ll die and I wouldn’t understand what are you saying, Why are you coming to school? Where are you? For what are you coming? To have a place where from leave home? Stay home, don’t come anymore!”

This happened a few months ago in a primary school in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The student is in first grade, learning how to add and subtract numbers. And the pupil was writing zero before the final results (e.g. 10 – 4 = 06 ).

Did you know that, in almost in every country, any form of violence in schools is illegal? There are few states in USA that do not have any laws regarding violence in schools, tho.

This kind of behavior of professors makes children either insecure, passive and introverted or violent and naughty. Promoting this kind of attitude at such a young age has an humongous impact on how children will act in the future. It comes as no surprise that in high school they change their entire attitude towards professors. They lose their respect and interest on every subject where they meet with an rather aggressive professor.

In my experience this had a great impact. I had a primary school teacher that banged my less “smart” colleagues with their head on the chalk board if they didn’t know the result of a simple equation. She also used to hit our palms with a ruler if we miss-behaved. I remember that I used to laugh of those who suffered from this treatment, in my eyes I was better than them because I never received any of those and I didn’t play with them in breaks.

This is the best example I could give you. Pupils which are assaulted suffer not only because of the teacher/professor but also because of the other students. They will be marginalized by the other children because, well, they are not like them.

It is such a simple equation. If violence is transformed in something productive or in alternative ways (this is not an alternative:) ) of education. Even if you are old and tired or you’ve lost your patience, there are solutions. For example she could have let the moment to pass and in break take the kid and explain him that the zero it is not necessary because it is implied. And if still he did not understand give him examples from day to day activities which obvious would make more sense to a 7 year old.

Ofcourse there are people (specially in East Europe) that will say that she must have done that already and she had lose her patience. I worked with kids and that is not true. But if it is true, than she should quit her job yesterday.

It is said that the professor is the one that educates you and gives his/her best to make you a role model of the society. which in this case was not even close.

So if you are a professor. Please take some classes of informal education and i promise you that your hole career will change in a way that you’ll never imagine. There are so many NGOs that can provide you with materials that you only have to ask and they’ll help you.

Maria Korodi here, lets change the world.

The Constant Fight for Power

cluj-autobuzHave you been dealing with elderly people in Cluj? Because I sure did. It is a social approved fact that their age doesn’t count when it comes to their seat on the bus. I was waiting for the bus in a station, a group of elders were waiting on the bench as well as the bus approached, the group got in position, stepped up and waited for the bus to stop, they weren’t friends anymore, the quest for finding a seat in that bus was on.

 

It was on! Oh boy, was I in for a big surprise, as the bus stopped people that were in the bus wanted to exit but they were constantly pushed and jostled by the elders, the old people even passed me by. How naïve of me, of wanting to get inside and waiting for the ones that are already inside and wanting to get outside to exit the bus. Apparently, according to our elders, it is important to catch a seat, by any means necessary. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to make fun of them, I’m just pointing out, what it seems to become a legitimate sport or a phenomenon.

 

One day, while being on a crowded bus, I get pushed around by an old women that wanted to get out, so I said to her, that I’m about to exit it as well, but she kept pushing me while saying that she doesn’t care and that she wants to be the first to exit the bus, so she kept pushing through the crowd until she reached the doors. I don’t think I’m the only one that witnessed this phenomenon, I think that most of the elders have learned the techniques of survival on their own, they know how to use their weaknesses to their advantage, making themselves look fragile and exhausted in order to obtain the prize. Although most of them seem to have time to ‘hit’ the beauty salon and dye their hair, eyebrows or whatever. What I’m trying to say is that they look better groomed than us, because they have time and they have free bus rides, so that’s that.

 

I really don’t have anything against them, but I can admit that what they are already doing is turning out to be the routine of almost every elder in Cluj. The fight for the seats in buses is a constant one, and they can push and jostle anyone who is standing in their way. I have to admit also that this practice is quite overwhelming, in the sense that it stirred some desire of reaching for the seats for myself.

 

If we don’t pay attention, we might end up to be joining the herd, and be a part of it, I mean, I’ve had some problems relaxing, after the bus has reached my station. The first time I did it for fun, just to see the look on their face when I reach the seat first, but from there on, it was pure competition. I have to admit, the prize is really nice, having to look on everyone that has to stay up on the bus.

 

G.Nan