My eldest son (14yrs) asked me a couple of weeks ago about 'Why do kids at school say that TAFE is for dummies?'
It was so upsetting to hear that they say this. But unfortunately not a surprise. Kids used to say it when I was at school too. It has always made me wince.
It is such a shame that we haven't progressed in our thinking.
I had to think of a way to explain how I believed it was NOT the case AT ALL without getting really CROSS.
Intellectual snobbery is abhorrent.
Humans should be valued on so much more than what level of educational certificate they hold.
It is one of the reasons I feel so uncomfortable about the question 'What do you think he will be when he grows up?'
I wrote about that here.
This is what I said to my son in answer to his question:
"Imagine how our society would function without garbage collectors, road workers, tram drivers, checkout operators, bakers, farmers, truck drivers, delivery people, artists.......the list goes on.
Sometimes the people who hold the University degrees RELY on the people who studied at TAFE to actually complete their jobs.
Imagine an architect without a builder. A doctor without a nurse & medical supplies. A corporation without someone at the front desk.
Does the picture make sense?
The answer is simple.
Our society would NOT function.
Humans are valuable not because of what & where they studied but because of WHO they are.
It's richness comes from it's diversity.
Thank goodness we have people who don't go to university."
GOURMET GIRLFRIEND'S COLD SOBA NOODLE SALAD with TOFU, KIMCHI & SPINACH:
As I am at home often I like to make myself really yummy lunches- it makes me feel nice & feeling nice is good! And important too!
This is a fave that I have often.
It takes under 10 minutes and is super nutritious and delicious.
The quantity is for one-as I usually am just making this for me
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 100g Soba noodles
- 4 tablespoons kimchi (or if you are like me and love it, lots more!)
- a handful of English spinach
- 100g tofu, sliced finely(i use the Japanese style seasoned firm tofu- you can use whichever is a fave)
- a couple of teaspoons sesame oil
- a dash of light soy
- fresh coriander, chopped roughly
- a spring onion sliced finely
- black sesame seeds
Boil soba noodles (mine only take 4 minutes.)
I prepare everything else while they are boiling.
Drain noodles and run cold water over them to cool.
Add sesame oil & soy and mix through - I use a chopstick.
Now add all other ingredients and mix well, sprinkle with Black Sesame seeds.
Serve & enjoy!
The same son I talk of above is playing Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah at school today on the mighty Uke. At the school they attend there is an opportunity every 2nd Wednesday to perform at 'Music on the Green'- live music preformed on a stage in front of the school- anyone can put their hand up. You just choose something to play and do it. Such a great idea. He is playing it as a duet with a friend.
Once upon a time there was musical snobbery in regards to the mighty Uke. I am happy to see that is making a bit of a comeback. It is a wonderful instrument.
Todays clip is of the amazingly talented Jake Shimabukuro playing his version of Hallelujah on the mighty uke.