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iraqi kids would prefer shorter weekend

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by globetrotter, Feb 27, 2005.

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  1. tiger02

    tiger02 Senior member

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    One of many surprises for me in the Baghdad school system was that the weekend was only one day, Friday. The realization soon after that the school day went from nine to noon helped me recover from the shock. While on the one hand I would say this is a classic cultural blunder, on the other I would present my district (Karada) where I can guarantee no one was complaining about Saturday holidays.

    Really, in a country with an armed insurgency and 50-80% unemployment, do we need to be instituting more leisure time? Idle hands and all. The only benefit I can see is that soldiers now only have to deal with cloying traffic five days a week instead of six.

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    in israel we only had saturday off from school, with a similar short study day.
     
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    Kai Senior member

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    Stuff like this convinces me that there will never be peace in the Middle East.
     
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    it seems strange that people take "days of the week" or "jewish sabbath" seriously. if the iraqi school system is on the international calendar that we use here, then doesnt it go back to the justinian or augustinian calendar? "saturday" is only "saturday" if you think of it in certain terms, which sounds stupid but...whatever.
     
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    I disagree--stuff like this convinces me that we're not doing the right things to achieve peace in Iraq RIGHT NOW and because of that people will grasp at anything to express their frustration. As the article says, Saturday is a common day off in many middle eastern countries. It's the Iraqis, and specifically the Iraqis who are hostile to the occupation, who are protesting the change.

    globetrotter, I know you're a little bit removed from your middle school days, but do you think that schedule breaks up the learning time too much? It seems to me that full days of school allow for more connected teaching and more reinforcement, hence more retainability. For the same reason I'll train one task per day rather than a class on one part of each task per day. Might be a little more monotonous but I'll take the increased capabilities.

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    (Kai @ Feb. 28 2005,04:39) Stuff like this convinces me that there will never be peace in the Middle East.
    I disagree--stuff like this convinces me that we're not doing the right things to achieve peace in Iraq RIGHT NOW and because of that people will grasp at anything to express their frustration. Â As the article says, Saturday is a common day off in many middle eastern countries. Â It's the Iraqis, and specifically the Iraqis who are hostile to the occupation, who are protesting the change. globetrotter, I know you're a little bit removed from your middle school days, but do you think that schedule breaks up the learning time too much? Â It seems to me that full days of school allow for more connected teaching and more reinforcement, hence more retainability. Â For the same reason I'll train one task per day rather than a class on one part of each task per day. Â Might be a little more monotonous but I'll take the increased capabilities. Tom
    sorry, my school days weren't a good example. A very major reason that I left Israel was that I wasn't happy with the educational possibilities for my son. I think that 5 days a week, 8:30- 3:30 is a hell of a lot better than 6 half days. and I agree with you on the system - I feel the best way for me to learn is full days on one subject, rather than short sessions of each every day.
     
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    In 1947 when Israel was created, large numbers of Jews left /were encouraged to leave many arab countries.  Prior to that, many of these Jews had positions of prominence in govt and society.  I believe their leaving left a vacuum in the intellectual landspace.  If say all (or most) leave the US, imagine  the impact.  No spielberg, no Feynman, no Dershowitz, the list goes on; academia, science, medicine, law, media, finance and above all, mens clothing.
     
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    Political/current events topic. Moving...
     
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