Learning Faster?

Learning to read and write took more time when I was a child. Nowadays, it happens faster. But students hardly ever reach the perfection we had to reach to achieve good marks in school.

Does that hurt? Not necessarily. Orthography in the 1970s and 1980s were probably not so different from Imperial exams for would-be officials to the Chinese Court. Every error counted against you, even though more perfection didn’t necessarily lead to more efficient or simply better communication.It isn’t only about efficiency. It’s true that one can make better use of ones lifetime when the choice of perfection or that-will-do lies with the individual. And maybe less perfection can also be more efficient.

But it starts looking both worrisome and funny when someone writes a text for a song which is full of flaws, as I’ve seen happening recently. Nice tune, not a bad message, but hilarious in the way it was put. People whose writing sucks have started thinking of themselves as poets. Some of my grandparents did better in writing than them (some of their old letters are really beautiful), after only four to six years of school education – but they weren’t even aware of their communicational skills.

Assessing the value of an essay written in English by students these days can become a real nuisance under such conditions – especially when they hold their own skills in such high esteem. I’m pretty sure that their options for expressing their views in English are becoming smaller, year after year. Good for them that they don’t realize this. After all, their ability to describe and understand abstract matters in German is becoming smaller, too.

That doesn’t matter if you want to become a financial analyst. A cabaret artist recently quoted one: There’s a lot of imagination in this share price. Yes, that was a few months before the crash.

For sure, there was more imagination in the chart and its backgrounds than in the guy’s description of it. But he was on TV anyway. Business economists will re-invent the world without much imagination, just with a lot of hot air which will lead to another Big Bang: We’ve got to expand!


Where is the border between perfectionism and reason? I’m wondering if we are teaching and learning the right things for our times’n places. I’m off to designing an imaginative curriculum now.

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