Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Learning From Johnny Foreigner

We can learn a lot from other Countries; for example, how to eat animals we never thought were edible and ingenious new ways of requesting a stranger's bank details.

I'm all for following the The Germans (even though at the back of my mind, I do wonder whether it's just a way of sneaking an advance party into Russia) and The Americans are on to a great idea here.

Feel free to submit any more examples of good overseas practice (and I shall investigate them as part of my Diversity Training)

11 comments:

MattMacL said...

http://farnhamcastle.blogspot.com/2007/11/developing-multi-cultural-organisation.html

Almost on topic! A shameless plug for one of my blogs on diversity - to be honest, aimed at the business audience, but possibly schools are as multicultural as international business now!

Anonymous said...

Diversity and Intercultural Training? What a pile of crap!

Anonymous said...

I've read the article about German young offenders taking part in this Siberian programme. Great idea. They're not MADE to go, it's their choice. If England did the same, where would we send our young offenders? Maledives? Carribbean? Canary islands perhaps?

si said...

Scotland!

Anonymous said...

Having just got back from a teaching stint in Japan, I would have to say that their disciplinary practices are second to none. They still use corpral punishment, and I have to say that it does work. It has been a pleasure to teach over there, students are extremely polite and respectful of their teachers. In one year, I have had zero instances of ANY bad behaviour.

Before, I left I asked my students why they never showed any cheek or rudeness to their teachers. Their answer was simple: "Sir, why would we do something that would end up causing us physical pain, not to mention bring great shame on us?"

Anybody who wants to know how to bring real discipline back to our schools, should visit Japan and bring their ideas back here. I have loved teaching over there and I wish we had the same practices over here, I think more teachers would enjoy their jobs if they could actually teach, and not have to do crowd control. Seriously Frank, check it out, you will be amazed!

Anonymous said...

It would be interesting to learn of the discipline in schools in the up and coming areas - China, India and even Sharia.
Sooner or later they are bound to replace the weak kneed English and their 'Oh so humble' diversity.

Jerry Verdugo said...

The Russian idea looks like a good one. After all, it's a very large place, and there's not a lot of work about, so the inhabitants there would be quite willing to take in a 'lodger' or two. do you think, though, that they would be able to manage a handful of British chavs - or even 15,000 of them?!

Anonymous said...

Could the electric shock treatment be applied to a classroom?

For example, you could wire each pupil's chair back to a grid of buttons on the teacher's desk. Any misbehaviour is immediately followed by an electrical charge to the appropriate chair, the energy of the charge being determined by the magnitude of the offence, something like 'tallking at the back: 0.5 Joules' 'throwing pen: 0.8 Joules' 'being called Dwayne: 5 Joules'.

It might improve discipline and, more importantly, a hand-cranked generator could be used to make it carbon-neutral.

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