domingo, 27 de outubro de 2013

Diferenças entre o ensino europeu e o brasileiro: carga horária / Contrasts between the european and brazilian academic studies: timetable

Tenho vivido aqui no Reino Unido o que a reportagem do site da Folha aponta: http://abecedario.blogfolha.uol.com.br/2013/10/17/universidades-de-ponta-tem-menos-aulas/ 
Uma das habilidades que as universidades daqui querem que o aluno desenvolva é a de adquirir o saber independentemente, o chamado "Independent Study" ou, em português, Estudo Independente. Em outras palavras, o aluno ser um agente ativo do seu aprendizado, pensando por si mesmo. Em caso de dúvida, o professor pode ser procurado a qualquer momento. Os professores frisam isso, "procurem-nos para tirar dúvidas", mas é o aluno que tem de buscar. É, literalmente, o aluno quem decide se vai mais fundo e, consequentemente, mais longe!
Realmente, é algo que as universidades brasileiras têm de debater. A carga horária é sufocante, por vezes. Quem faz mais atividades extras é tido como sobre-humano, porque não temos essa cultura e a carga horária já exige demais. 
Eu sempre tive essa postura de procurar o extra, mas não nego os contra-pontos, sacrifícios e preço que paguei por isso. 
Não acho também que só a mentalidade das universidades tem de mudar. A do brasileiro estudante tem, igualmente. Não adiantaria dar horas mais livres para alunos que nem se importariam em bem aproveitá-las. 
Lembrando que, por outro lado, a universidade brasileira deveria oferecer os benefícios que as daqui oferecem, como total suporte e incentivo para "societies", empresas juniors, estágio e por aí vai. Porque sem isso fica complicado pro aluno querer fazer algo. 
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I live here in the UK what this Folha de São Paulo's article points out: http://abecedario.blogfolha.uol.com.br/2013/10/17/universidades-de-ponta-tem-menos-aulas/ 
One of the skills that universities here want the students improve is the one related to Independent Study. In other words, the student as the active agent of her/his learning, thinking by her/his own. If a student has a doubt, she/he just has to go talk with her/his professor. It is, literally, the student who decides if she/he goes  deeper and further.
This is something that the universities in Brasil really have to debate. The timetable of a Brazilian student does not leave space for nothing else beyond classes and academic studies. No extra activities, like internships, societies and so on. Not if you are someone who wants to have the best grades. Brazilians do not have this mentality of giving importance for extra activities, activities that are so important for learning and personal improvement.
Personally, I always had this posture of looking for extra activities, but I cannot deny the constraints, sacrifices and the price that I had to pay to be more active and do more beyond the severe Brazilian timetable of studies.
Either I think that just the mentality of the universities has to change. The student's thoughts have to change, too. The university could give more time for extra activities, however the student should be able of taking advantage of it, not thinking only of being free and doing nothing.
On the other hand, the Brazilian universities would have to improve their structure and start to offer opportunities for extra duties such as internships, junior companies and societies. Since without these activities, it would be hard for anyone does anything.     

sábado, 12 de outubro de 2013

The Fight

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Mathew 11:28-30

Please, be free to listen this inspiring song whilst you read the following text: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egFXeY_4Nek 

Have you had that feeling of an overwhelming and tiring soul?
When you struggle to do what everybody thinks you are supposed to do?
When you struggle to do what you think you are supposed to do? Establishing a higher standard to be reached and making heavier the yoke you are carrying…  
When you struggle with simple things… Perhaps, when you struggle to simply live your day by day quotidian…
I know, and you can trust me, it is not easy to have this feeling.
I feel it. I feel like this right now.
I feel the Earth’s weight over me.
It is like I am swimming with no expectation of an ending into a deep and lonely ocean.
The waters surrounding me are, instead of comforting me, demanding an extreme attitude.
It is like I am at the edge of a high mountain waiting and struggling to keep me without jumping.
The feeling, it is there. The fear is your friend.
The fear of not being successful or victorious.
The fear of not being the answer that people are waiting for.
Greater and deeper questions take me and lead me to the limit.
What am I doing here?
Why am I here?
What is the purpose of my life?
Feeling Weary. Feeling Burdened.
Suddenly, the ocean calls me to deeper waters.
The mountains call me to feel the skies.
Greater than me. The calling.
I sink. I jump.
I experience the most of me.
The freedom I was yearning.
Dancing in profound waters.
Flying with the wings of the wind.
There is a time in our lives that we have to decide to face these feelings and questions.
We have to decide to face the fear of our souls in order to be free.
In order to dance and fly.
In order to be what we were born to be.

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Many thanks to the lovely and always helpful friend Katelyn. You know, it is not always about using your intelligence and English skills even when I am strictly asking for it. It is more about friendship. I miss you.
Mariana, your yoke is also mine. Thank you for letting me know.