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English Language Teaching in Brazilian settings

Education rules! – says Jimbo Jones

Around with those considered the worst students in Springfield Elementary School, Principal Skinner uses some knowledge on Physics to stop a cointainer of pianos from sinking to the bottom of the ocean. That quite impresses the boys. “That is so cool! That’s the kind of stuff they should teach in school.” – says one of them. “Education rules!” – says another of Bart’s friends. Later on, as principal finishes an excerpt of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, all the gang agrees with Nelson Muntz with “that book is awesome!” Back at school, Lisa faces a test that challenges her emotions and self image.

That is part of the Simpsons fun story that portrays serious education weaknesses:

The Simpsons (Season 20, episode 11) How the Test Was Won as found at http://www.4shared.com/video/fi3ioAOE/The_Simpsons_20x11_How_the_Tes.html"

Episode “How the Test Was Won” agrees that education is more efficient if less bureaucratic in the first place. In fact, over-bureaucraticised schools is an issue to be discussed not only in fictional Springfield. It’s also been a major concern among Brazilian teachers who claim bureaucracy takes time and sometimes stops educators from priorizing students needs and classroom practice.

Educator, leave your testimonial on how bureaucracy influences your work here (either English or Portuguese are allowed):


May 17, 2011 Posted by | Point of view | , , , | 2 Comments


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