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Grades.

(And back to normal, sorry everyone, sickness can be a harsh mistress)

Sad but True. Oh, so true...

The so fabled school (or college, in my case) grades. Don’t get me wrong though, getting good grades feels fucking awesome! But you don’t need to stress yourself over and over again because of them.
Below, because I like to share this small portion of wisdom that I –think I– have, some small tips to light up your night life.

  • #3 – Chill the fuck out.

Some people think these are insanely important, and that you can’t succeed in life without good grades. Some of that is true, but only to a degree. As long as you understand the subject you’re studying perfectly, you don’t need excellent grades since, well, we all know that exams can mess up with your head a bit and not all of them are fair. No, really, some are meant for you to fail or get an awful grade.

… And then I remember when I got a 3,4 out of 10 on a 10 question multiple choice exam, each question worth 1 point each, no formulas required seriously what the hell?

Ahem. Moving on. When you’re doing an exam, don’t worry about your grade, as long as you know the subject well and you get something that’ll say you’re an okay student, things’ll turn out for the better! Just eat some chocolate, listen to some music or anything like that, and don’t stress over exams. They’re important in their own way, and shouldn’t affect you. Not in school, not in college.

You really don’t have to be concerned about grades, just about understanding what is it that your teacher is trying to teach you. Yes, even if you think it’s useless information due to the fact that you’ll do a completely abstract course on college and can’t be bothered to remember all these silly naming rules for Organic Chemistry. Trust me, it’s not useless. Which leads me to…

  • #2 – No knowledge is useless.

Let’s say you aim to be a Computer Technician. Or an Architect. Or a Lawyer, even. Why would you want to know about mitosis if you’re going to fix computers of a high level? Why is it that chemical nomenclatures haunt you if all you wanna do is draw marvelous sketches of places yet-to-arise? Or why, oh why you must know Calculus as a lawyer?

It’s not about your profession, it’s mostly about life itself. These kind of knowledges open your mind to other types, and so on. Plus, they always make for good conversation topics, trust me on this one.

Not only that, but they also serve to get you ahead in life in many, many ways. For instance, did you know that most private companies that hire you also base themselves on your overall knowledge other than on where you graduated and so on? Of course that’s also a plus in your resume, but if you have a variety of knowledge, not specifically in your area, it means you’re an interested, self-motivated person who doesn’t settle for less!

  • #1 – Grades don’t control your life.

Yes, good grades usually lead you to better schools and a better college. There are some exceptions, like in here (Brazil), where you don’t really need superb grades to enter a prestigious college. It’s recommended, but you don’t need’em. In fact, you can spend your entire time getting bearable grades and still do well in life. Grades, actually, mean pretty much nothing.

Great, excellent grades are there just so you can get hired and such without much effort, and usually by companies/places who treat those hired like one more number to their work-force. Sure, that’s good if you just want money and a “job” to fill your life with something, but I find that most people who have those need extra amounts of placebos (more on this on the next post) to get through life without swallowing loads of pills.

Also, you probably won’t apply 80% of the things you learn in college at your job, and you probably can get an awesome one right up your alley without that too, so stop worrying too much about life!
But don’t slack off.

That’s pretty much it, I suppose, but above all, never, ever, ever give up. It’s not a number that’ll stop you from achieving what you want, not if you truly want it!
And I mean it.

(I actually kinda own this one image, since I did it today, but what the hell!)

Wondering if there was anything more to be said on the matter,

Arthur Müller.

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Oh that poor, poor man's ears! Now he needs to hurt his friend!!

You know what? I know I already ranted about this, in general, on a previous post, but today, today things went a little too far. Now, I’m usually a very calm and centered person, those unlucky enough to know me can vouch for it. But every once in awhile, as an inhabitant of Brazil, I see some things that really bother me. I mean, more than usual.

I’d love to be talking about things that are already trivial to me and pretty much any other Brazilian (sadly), such as an evaluation on our faulty education system, security issues, awful politicians, infra-structure problems and so on. Granted, it’s like that (though to a much smaller degree) in most countries, it’s just “hidden” in a better way.

No, I shall talk about something that spoiled my day and made me realize how lost we are, in the near future, if no action is taken.

This:

"Collection: Living, learning. - For a better life", used with 5th to 9th middle graders.

Firstly, let’s take this down by parts. This, if some of you know nothing about Brazil and/or Brazilian Portuguese, is the cover of an educational book, already translated up there. Doesn’t seem like much a big of a deal to some, sure, but it teaches something that looks almost fundamental: language is a living being, always changing and adapting itself when need arises. Yes, that’s correct.

Then again, it also says that, and I quote:

“You may be wondering, ‘But can I say “them books“?‘. Sure you can. But stay tuned because, depending on the situation, you run the risk of suffering language discrimination.”.

Ugh.

One could think I’m overreacting about this, but I most certainly am not. Most grammar books state that, although there is a colloquial aspect to all languages (the so called “slangs”), everyone should be wary of the correct form, study, learn it and use that, to write and speak. Yes, this sentence will be “fixed” in newer editions, but the mistake was already made. Once your country’s Ministry of Education and Culture authorizes such atrocity, it opens an entire array of precedents to future errors. Yes, errors.

Let’s say you talk like a “regular person”, using slangs here and there. I see no problems whatsoever, that’s quite common! Now, if you speak in a wrong, blatantly absurd way, because  you have no education level whatsoever (someone probably pulled your ear by now, and if not, I can’t let it slide), no worries, I can ignore it a bit and give you some fair warnings on language. For instance, if you say “I runned“. Some children tend to speak like this in English, usually due to their Latin creation, but one can speak like that without any Latin-derived heritage. As long as that’s corrected, I see no issues, honestly! Just don’t say “aw it’s cute for a kid to talk like that” instead of correcting him/her, please.

But if it was because you were actually taught that speaking like this is OK, or if you know you’re wrong and keep speaking “profanities” because “It’s okay.”, bear in mind that, with all due respect:
I shall discriminate the flying, flamboyant and flaming fuck out of you.

Our education in a couple of generations.

This is but one of the reasons our education system is so flawed. Again, granted, the book uses this as a simple example, saying that if you speak it wrongly, it’s OK, but you have to write things properly. We all know that he/she who speaks poorly, writes poorly, so when you tell a child that it’s OK for him/her to talk in any way he/she sees fitting, it “kinda” becomes a big deal.

In theory, a student just wants to –rather, should want to– learn what a teacher knows. If both are provided with tendentious materials, pointing that both uses are correct, the teacher will merely try to “impose” the correct way of using your theoretical knowledge, like on Grammar Lessons. The student, however, will quickly learn to use it on essays and so on, specially at a young age. Meaning they’ll grow to understand that this, although “wrong by the rules”, it’s even nice to use. I mean, everyone speaks like that, why not write like that too? Educators (and by this, I mean the ones in charge of releasing such books, who we dare to also refer to as “Educators”) tend to, more often than not, misjudge and underestimate a child’s mental capacities. They absorb too much info on early ages, and that’s something to be looked at with caution, not only in an academic environment, but other places as well, specially at home.

But they’re kids, it won’t be that bad for them to speak badly, will it!?

… Will it?

(I own none of the images above)

Time to hit those showers (during the cold oh God),

Arthur Müller.

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