About education underachievement…

It hurts whoever it hurts, the reality is that we are very much to blame for this…..Despite a legislation that “encourages” the facilitatism, we do nothing against it, on the contrary, we follow it, because otherwise we get “problems” to ourselves. However, we forget that facilitatism, despite pleasing students and parents (and the country as well), does not promote knowledge or quality. So we are not helping, quite the contrary. Helping is not the same as pleasing. If someone has an accident and needs (e.g.) physiotherapy, these exercises hurt and cost a lot… There is no pity, they have to be done, for the good of the person…With school it’s the same thing , we have to demand, even if it hurts, because the results will come later. There’s no pity and arranging “strategies” that are just a way of throwing sand in your eyes (results strategies are easy… effective knowledge strategies are what’s difficult). It’s necessary to demand from the students and not feel sorry for them (in terms of grades)… Then the result is that the students have grades (but not the corresponding knowledge), they enroll in secondary school, then discover they “never did have any teeth” in them. When the exams arrive, the debacle is even greater, as they are not prepared for it. Generally speaking, they blame the “exams”, and the opinion of the less “enlightened” is then to end the exams. This is not a solution, it will only cover up a reality. It is necessary to fight this reality and not hide it… And the fight must pass with more national exams. Only then will there be homogeneity of knowledge at the national level, only then will students become more committed, only then will teachers be concerned with effectively preparing students and not giving grades, based on theories of the bullshit that the commitment has to be seen… You have to look at the participation… You have to look at the enthusiasm… You have to look at the socio-economic reality and other nonsense. These things ARE important, but never as important as KNOWING AND KNOWLEDGE.
This is not how we help students, nor is this how we prepare them for the harsh reality of society and the world of work. I would like to see what the great advocates and supporters of those theories would say if one day they were (e.g.) going to put the car in a garage and the car left the same (or worse) than when it entered. They couldn’t and wouldn’t have the right to complain about anything, because possibly the person in charge of the workshop would use the same arguments as they did…“But the mechanic STRIVED… And was EXCITED to do that. He spent the entire afternoon around the car… Poor, he’s poor, the family has difficulties… The father comes home (when he arrives) drunk… If the car was not fixed, he has to be patient… He is very participative here in the workshop and very friendly…» Of course, this example can be extended to the most varied activities and professions… Even those of teaching…. Imagine the “upholstery” of some of these future teachers… They won’t get there, some say…. We’ll see, we’ll see…..

Carlos Tavares in educare.pt (2003)

People laugh… and pay…


“Taxpayer – I would like to buy a car.
State – Very well. Please choose.
Taxpayer – I’ve already chosen. Do I have to pay something?
State – Yes. Automobile Tax (ISV) and Value Added Tax (VAT)
Taxpayer – Oh… That’s all.
State – … and a “little thing” to put it around. Stamp.
Taxpayer – Oh!…
State – … and one more thing in the gasoline necessary for the car to effectively circulate. The ISP.
Taxpayer – But… without gasoline I don’t circulate.
State – I know.
Taxpayer – … But I already pay to circulate…
State – Of course!…
Taxpayer – So… are you going to charge me for the value of the gasoline?
State – Also. But that’s VAT. The ISP is something different.
Taxpayer – Different?!
State – A lot. The ISP its because gasoline exists.
Taxpayer – … Why does it exist?!
State – Many millions of years ago, dinosaurs and coal made oil. And you pay.
Taxpayer – … That’s all?
State – Only. But don’t think you can leave the car as you wish.
Taxpayer – What do you mean?!
State – You have to pay to park it.
Taxpayer – … To park it?
State – Exactly.
Taxpayer – So, I pay to walk and I pay to be stationary?
State – No. If you really want to drive the car, you need to pay insurance.
Taxpayer – So I pay to circulate, I pay to be able to circulate and I pay for being stopped.
State – Yes. We are not here to deceive anyone. Is the car new?
Taxpayer – New?
State – It’s just that if it’s not new you have to pay inorder for us to see if its able to walk around.
Taxpayer – Pay for you to see if you can charge me?
State – Of course. Do you think this is for free? There’s just one more thing…
Taxpayer – …One more thing?
State – To drive on highways
Taxpayer – But… but I already pay road tax.
State – Yes. But this is a different road.
Taxpayer – … Different?
State – Yes. Very different. It’s just for anyone who wants to.
Taxpayer – Is that all?
State – Yes. That’s all.
Taxpayer – And is it over?
Estado – Yes. After paying the 25 euros, it’s over.
Taxpayer – What 25 euros?!
State – The 25 euros it costs to walk on the highways.
Taxpayer – But didn’t you say that the highways were only for those who wanted to?
Estado – Yes. But everyone pays the 25 euros.
Taxpayer – Which 25 euros?
Estado – The 25 euros is how much the chip costs.
Taxpayer – … How much for what?
Status – Pay the chip. To be able to pay.
Taxpayer – Don’t loo…
State – Yes. Paying costs 25 euros.
Taxpayer – Does it cost 25 euros to pay?
State – Yes. Pay 25 euros to pay.
Taxpayer – But I will not drive on the highways.
Estado – Imagine that one day you want to… you have to pay.
Taxpayer – Do I have to pay to pay because one day I might want to?
State – Exactly. You pay to pay what you might want one day.
Taxpayer – What if I don’t want to?
State – Pay a forfeit.”

The famous “Prego no Pão” dates back to the late 19th century

Why the hell do they call a loaf of meat NAIL (PREGO)?? A little popular culture to explain this to us.

The “Prego no Pão” or, in a literal translation, “Nail in the Bread”!

Who would have thought that the nail, or steak on bread, appears in Portugal at Praia das Maçãs?

“The real story is related to the name Manuel Dias Prego, one of the first inhabitants of Praia das Maçãs in the late 19th century, where he owned a tavern, Taberna do Prego. In this tavern Manuel Prego served fried veal slices or baked in tasty bread and accompanied by wine from the region.
The meat on bread quickly became a success in Praia das Maçãs and surroundings. It is said that it was in this place that José Malhoa painted his famous painting “Praia das Maçãs”. Who knows if savoring such a delicacy while painting!
Over the years, the name of the sandwich came to be commonly known as Prego, in honor of its creator, and in the beginning of the 20th century the recipe had already been copied to other places, and Prego started to be part of the menus of taverns across the country and not just in Sintra.”