Monthly Archives: heinäkuu 2015

On a Summer Hiatus


Week 29

Hello, reader. 

This blog will be on a summer break for an indefinite time. Since I don’t have the zest to write this and people don’t have the zeal to read, it’s better to save the energy for the fall and continue with charged batteries.

Consequently, check this site out when the weather’s turned colder (here it’s cool already) and the nights dark (here quite light) and there is more than a whiff of the presence of school and education and media in the air.






School’s out for Summer


Viikko 28


Motion: THW fix problems in schools by restricting the roles of parents, politics and technology
Role: Minister (govt.)

Today, schools are faring worse than before, because or despite of advances made in the technological landscape. It’s harder to be a kid nowadays due to the fact that ”silence” and ”focus” and ”boredom” seem to be in part things of the past, no longer existing historical curiosities.

One of the big issues is the equation in which learning (something schools are for, in two senses of the word) has been turned upside down or on its head. In the past, kids learned from their teachers and their peers. Today, parents and the Internet are the foremost authorities for pupils and students. Parents supply their wisdom on what is right and correct and the Internet supplies data, facts or information. This creates an atmosphere where moral guidance is biased, self-centered and lopsided and there is an information overload. Progressive growth within limits becomes difficult to attain.

Schools should be allowed to be the self-regulating ambiences they once were. They can be oppressive, frightening and dark places to their goers, but that kind of pressure creates backbone, resilience and self-esteem, whereas its opposite, the parent-monitored school creates depression, AD/HD and behaviour featured in the spectrum of autism. Eating disorders are the only unifying link between old-school schools and new-school schools.

I would also roll some of the guilt onto the very schoolgoers. As stated, they do not let their peers educate themselves. The eternal question goes, ”Who will I spend my recess with today and tomorrow?” The right answer is to spend it with whoever happens to be available for friendly banter and exchange of ideas. There are two reasons for this: a) those people won’t be available or seeable after school years and b) they will provide the broadest spectrum of competing ideas about the world and what there is in it. The wrong strategy is to spend every recess with the same people or the ugly and socially neglected rejects due to self-esteem issues that say ”I am not worth more.”

School years should be an era of art, culture, discovery, enjoyment and wonder. It is important to understand that this period in life will not recur or come back in any form whatsoever. Therefore, it should be lived as fully as possible. Otherwise one will be doomed to repeat the failures, unredeemed promises and vagaries of those school years in a loop long afterwards. A successful schooling does not beg for a repeat even though repetition is said to be the mother of learning.

What is the root cause, on the other hand, of teenagers’ awkwardness? This may have to do with brain structure. Theirs is a brain that is like a computer circuitboard with a CPU. Everything is decided centrally and information passes there back and forth very rapidly and incessantly. An adult’s is different: information can travel around and around without going through the centre. This interconnectedness or neural cohesion creates a heightened self-image, -esteem and -sufficiency and also -containment that a teenager would find most useful during her youth’s travails and troubles. Alas, it can only come after a lot of struggle and passing of time.

Because the brain is like a circuitboard, it should be fed rational, logical and mathematical things instead of the incessant supply of ”culture” that is now being the norm. Culture, manners and language are learnt through ”osmosis”, on the sly and little by little, so it is not so useful to spend hours and hours of valuable school time on something that is a civic necessity. School time should be devoted to things that are future-oriented and benefit from tutoring, mentoring and the focus that a classroom can endow.

I would like to wind up my speech in saying that all education culminates in a vocation or a profession at the end. When you choose your vocation or profession, try to pick a major or a field which is not a school subject at all. Applied knowledge can help us out of this ongoing recession, monetary woes and societal problems. Don’t forget about critical thinking, ever. Thank you.

Puheen kesto: 5 min 8 sek
Arvio: * * * ½. Puhe alkaa lupaavasti, ja se suomii sitä ansaitsevia tahoja eli oppilaita, vanhempia ja poliitikkoja. Loppua kohti tulee kuitenkin ns. uutta uutta ainesta, joka voi viedä terää kokonaisuudelta. Kokonaispituus on kuitenkin juuri oikea.

The Sorrows of Young Werther


Viikko 27


Motion: THW remove all surplus/extraneous staff from schools apart from teachers
Role: Minister (govt.)
Date: Aug 8th, 2013

This era does not seem to be the Golden Era of psychiatry or psychology. There is a tripartite reason for this, which I’m going to elaborate on. As a result of the ongoing situation, it is understandable why it is so hard to hire new school psychologists or other people to deal with young people’s mental-health and career-counseling issues. Money is not the answer, if it ever was.

As the first thing, patients of today are less interesting than in the past. They tend to have problems that are too vague to describe or an overarching condition (such as a depression), the curing of which is too difficult for the doctor. Also, there is less variation in the clientele, as more and more belong to some kind of grey upper and lower middle class. More and more people suffer from one and the same problem. Individuality is on the way out and collective ”coughing” is way in.

Second, the doctors themselves are less ambitious than before. They do not burn for the patients like they used to do. Part of this has to do with the ongoing collectivisation of the clientele; part with the same tendency occurring in doctors themselves. As a tribe, they spent so much neural energy on thinking about psychoanalysis and literature and their interconnection in the 60’s and 70’s that they no longer have the energy. All ideologies, psychoanalysis included, have been on the wane since the collapse of communism, which has been, frankly, the most drastic ideology of all (if you think about the scale and scope of its implementation). Since the early 1990’s, boomers and people senior to them have slowly been losing heart about what they believed in in their youth, and psychotherapies are no exception. Also, practitioners may have found out how little impact their work has on the life of any patient. On seeing drunks who continue drinking, couples who separate and prisoners who relapse in to crime and return to penitentiary, the overall futility of ”therapy” becomes apparent, obvious and evident.

Finally, drugs have become better. They’re far from perfect. If they did not do much good for the patient before, now they address the issue for which they were prescribed, albeit with sometimes massive side-effects that range from incontinence to drowsiness, nausea and general feeling of surrealism. It is easy to prescribe them to patients, who will rather take something material with short-term effects (pills) than something immaterial with long-term effects (therapy). Drug dependency has also more metaphysically to do with how scientific empiricism, or logical positivism, has supplanted most other forms of sciences or disciplines, including the humanities from which psychology originally sprang.

To sum this up and conclude, today is not a good time for psychology. Today might be a good time for psychology, if the drugs were poorer, the doctors more ambitious and the patients more interesting. That was the tricombination which fueled psychoanalysis and psychotherapies in the past. Now that time is way behind us. And, it won’t come back in all likelihood. We will have to come up with some other solution.

I would point the finger @ parents and their role in creating problems for their offspring. School merely exacerbates and highlights those problems, what with its law-of-the-jungle atmosphere, predatory social relationships and stress stemming from high performance expectations. Problems of the afflicted individual are already in the bud at that point.

Some problems may also, by necessity, go undetected by the school. Schizophrenia, e.g., hits the individual in the mid-20’s while its future victim would carry the seeds of that disease already in the school years. As marijuana has been indicated to be a catalyst in inducing schizophrenia in young adults or pubescent teenagers, it would not help in that instance to carry some other kind of seeds in one’s pocket and smoke pot early on in one’s life. Since schools cannot control phenomena like these, it should be understood that we benefit little from occupying schools with an army of different specialists that cannot see what kind of turns their protégés’ lives will take.

Puheen kesto: 5 min 22 sek
Arvio: * * * * ½. Puhe on hyvä. Se käy käsiksi asiaan, josta on melkein universaali käsitys, että ajetun kannan vastakohta on totta. Kuitenkin tuo totuus tulee nyrjäytetyksi paikoiltaan osittain. Kuulijalle jää vastuu oman kannan muodostamisesta.