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1 minute ago, Tywin et al. said:

You did literally say gymnasium, but yeah, I would have guessed you were a lit or social studies teacher. Language isn't that far off. I like to joke that I've learned and forgotten French, Spanish and Hebrew. 

Ty, a gymnasium in parts of Europe is a school preparing students to go to university, not a sports facility.

Like high school, but the stream is for university.

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5 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

You did literally say gymnasium, but yeah, I would have guessed you were a lit or social studies teacher. Language isn't that far off. I like to joke that I've learned and forgotten French, Spanish and Hebrew. 

In ancient times, ancientGreece and shizzle, Gymnasium was a place to train your body and your mind. In the English language, you kinda forgot the mind bit (make of that what you will), while in other countries, the term means a kinda school (I usually translate it as Grammar School). Our favorite pot plant was probably just a bit sloppy with the translation there. Yes, I've made that very mistake in the past, too.

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until the last school reform, gymnasiums were middle schools in Poland. Primary was 6 years, gymnasium 3 and high school 3. 

 

now we’re back to the communist way of primary 8 + high school 4 

Edited by Filippa Eilhart

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Turning twit drama into song, another thing that is A Thing on the internet.  :D

 

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1 hour ago, Filippa Eilhart said:

until the last school reform, gymnasiums were middle schools in Poland. Primary was 6 years, gymnasium 3 and high school 3. 

 

now we’re back to the communist way of primary 8 + high school 4 

Is that the only model or just the most wide spread? We do have a couple alternatives 8+5 for an extra language year, the imperialist and elitist 6+6 and 4+8, and there’s even the lazy ass 12 in the odd case of one institution’s providing all levels of education. 

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1 hour ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:

Like I said, sounds a lot like the school trips I did as a kid. But rumoredly the food at the hostels has improved significantly over the past 20-30 years. Ok, back then the teachers had to put a bit more effort into the trips with organizing the daily activities. Damn, I hated those school trips and the awful food. Reminds me how we, well, essentially me (I was one of the first to hit puberty with the physical changes, and could pass as older), being able to buy some cans of beer for me and some friends at a kiosk when I was 14 or so, and how we were then to chickenshit to actually drink it.

I remember basically everybody liking these trips and looking forward to them. The food was also better at these homes than at school. Don't remember alcohol being there ever, though.

In which country are you?

1 hour ago, Filippa Eilhart said:

I’m pretty sure you get those in most Eastern block countries.

Looks like it indeed.

1 hour ago, Tywin et al. said:

See, there you said sports. :P

I think it's more common than you'd expect based on SES. People with means do this all over the world. Sounds like you just went camping with your students before the academic year as a bonding experience. 

I wanted to explain the g-word to you, but several posters already did, so thanks all.

Definitely not me who organised these sports. :P I did, however, threaten with testing and grading any student that would ask for a longer hike through the forest.

What is SES?

1 hour ago, Tywin et al. said:

Communists! 

I will take this as a compliment. :commie: 

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3 hours ago, Buckwheat said:

And no, we don't have boarding schools here. This was just the three-day "camp" event. We weren't camping, we slept in some sort of a dorm/home/house for school-related activities where schools usually take students for several days. I don't think there is a similar institution in other countries, but it is a really good system of such homes here, usually somewhere with a lot of nature around, lots of opportunities to do sports and learn about nature in another environment than the school, with specialised staff for various activities. Plenty of schools organise these 3-5-day outings.

In the UK I think we'd call these outdoor centres, we did have trips to them a couple of times when I was at school. As you describe in your other post they differ from hostels because they have staff running the activities.

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1 hour ago, Buckwheat said:

Definitely not me who organised these sports. :P I did, however, threaten with testing and grading any student that would ask for a longer hike through the forest.

You suck, teach. :P

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What is SES?

Socioeconomic Status.

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I will take this as a compliment. :commie: 

Aye, comrad. 

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13 hours ago, RhaenysBee said:

Is that the only model or just the most wide spread? We do have a couple alternatives 8+5 for an extra language year, the imperialist and elitist 6+6 and 4+8, and there’s even the lazy ass 12 in the odd case of one institution’s providing all levels of education. 

So I’m not sure of the model now because it’s changed twice since I went to school, but when I was at school, after primary you either went to a ‘classical’ high school for 4 years, a vocational school for 3 years (with a possibility to switch to technical for another 2) or to technical school for 5 years.  I assume it’s sort of similar now.

But everyone goes to primary for 8 years.

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16 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

You suck, teach. :P

Good thing my students don't know this. :P No, really, I generally get along quite well with the kids. Actual classes start tomorrow.

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22 hours ago, Buckwheat said:

I remember basically everybody liking these trips and looking forward to them. The food was also better at these homes than at school. Don't remember alcohol being there ever, though.

Yeah, but back in the 90s school life was without real school/cafeteria food. So I got my warm meal, when I gt home. Freshly cooked by my mum, who was a very good cook (mildly put). So foodwise, those school trips were more than just one step down for me (it was more like an entire plight of stairs to stay in that imagery). Food in the hostels during that time was genuinely not really good.

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So I’m about to pay a quarter of my monthly salary to get my heater fixed… :lmao: 

trying to remember who convinced me of this lie that higher education is the way to make a living… :lol: 

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So Taco Bell is starting a campaign to get customers to mail in their used sauce packets so the company can reuse them.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/09/business/taco-bell-sauce-packet-program/index.html

Not sure how they accomplish the reuse part but I imagine it must involved melting bulk plastic and remanafacturing sauce packets? Basically the company is saying they want to do their part in attempting to keep this stuff out of the landfills.

Anywho, depressingly, the article says there are over 7000 Taco Bell locations worldwide.

 

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We always knew it would come this.

Zebras!  Roaming free in Maryland!

 

I learned, btw, that a group of zebras is neither a band nor a herd, as with horses, but -- a dazzle!

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To pee or not to pee?

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2021/09/uk-urologist-debunks-viral-tiktok-debate-over-whether-it-s-unhealthy-to-pee-in-the-shower.html

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WELLNESS

UK urologist debunks viral TikTok debate over whether it's unhealthy to pee in the shower

Last month a doctor claimed the habit could cause incontinence issues for women. Photo credit: Getty Images.

A UK urologist has weighed in on a viral online debate about whether women should or shouldn't urinate in the shower, saying there is "no evidence" it causes incontinence as another physician claimed. 

TikTok doctor Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas posted a video last month explaining the potential dangers of the habit including a claim that women "aren't designed to pee standing up". 

Viewers were floored by the video which racked up almost 30,000 likes when 'TikTok's Pelvic Floor PT' outlined that the sound of the running water could cause you problems.

Personally I think I am psychologically conditioned to pee whenever I get in the shower, since I have been doing it for basically ever. Unless I have just peed I always pee in the shower. But I don't feel like peeing whenever I hear running water, so it's a shower association, not a water association. Also, in related news an online poll suggest 78% of us pee in the shower.

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It seems that on Saturday I left my e-reader in the shop along with, infuriatingly, my passport and the vaccine passport that Germany uses (for all vaccines, not just covid). No-one had handed it in as of this morning, at least so said the boss albeit she wasn't that helpful. If I don't find them replacing the passport in particular is gonna be so much work, coz not only do I have to apply to England to get a new one, but then I have to fumble my way through German beaurocracy to get my permanent residency re-confirmed and stamped. FUCK. 

What a shit week.

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