Greek education == SHIT

If I ever have a child (chances are that I won’t), I will never, ever, let it go to school in Greece. Why? I’ve written here why, 3 years ago. In most Greek school exams, the only thing that matters is how well you can remember a book’s words, not what you truly understand in that book. And don’t get me started how little world history Greeks get taught, and how much Greek history do in return (about 10 to 1).

So in a recent competition, Greece found to be the WORST country in Europe in terms of education. An official talked to the journalists about it and he spoke the truth: “it doesn’t matter how much information you have in your head, it only matters how you can use that information to solve problems” (loosely translated).

So obviously, the officials understand the problem. And yet, after 50 years, they haven’t done a fucking thing to fix the situation. We have supposed reforms of the Greek education every 3 years, but all change, and all stay the same.

This is one of the top 5 things that I hate about Greece. Moussaka remains the No1.


JBQ wrote on December 18th, 2007 at 4:37 AM PST:

Montaigne, 16th century French philosopher, summarized the situation in saying “mieux vaut tete bien faite que tete bien pleine”, which is exactly what the Greek official said… 5 centuries later.

Vassilis 'vasper' Perantzakis wrote on December 18th, 2007 at 7:14 AM PST:

Couldn’t agree with you more. Education is one of the No-no issues in Greece. Nobody wants to change anything because it would… disturb the political climate!!!

Funny thing is that Greeks do quite well when studying or working abroad considering our small population. Inside Greece however… we couldn’t do worse. Or could we?

jerrymy-zhang wrote on December 18th, 2007 at 6:56 PM PST:

just like the Chinese Medical Reform!

official only lip!Any country are the same!

Optimus wrote on December 21st, 2007 at 4:04 PM PST:

That’s why I could never get along very well with education. Well, in school I was more studious than in university (maybe I just got fed up of studying for the only reason to pass the exams). Another strange thing is that I always disliked the lessons of history, literature, essay writting, etc while today I discover that I have an inclination for these. I do like to formulate my thoughts and write a lot on a subject yet writting an essay in school was the most boring in the past. I am not sure how the education system manages this on me.

p.s. And I love mousaka 😛

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