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  • Carlos F C Ferreira
    Mar 22, 2008
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      I hope it all comes out for the best. Some of the measures you
      mentioned are general practise in some european countries. Down here,
      we havehad some changes: we were recruited by our University
      degree+professional training which was sorted out by strict rules
      concerning the subjects you could teach - I mean - I got my degree in
      University of Modern Languages and Litteratures - French and English.
      When I started teaching I had to choose a Portuguese / French
      department or English/German one.

      So, more by accident, I started teaching Portuguese and French and
      that's where I did my professional training. Now, the Ministery came
      out with a law that can make us teach whatever we can, according to
      our curriculum, that means that in cases like mine, if the school
      needs it, after 20 years I can start teaching english, for instance
      (I kept part of my english, by personal reasons), imagine those who
      haven't spoke english for 20 years...

      This possibility is a general practise in most EC countries. My
      school takes part of a Comenius project with six other schools from 6
      countries: the german school is the coordinator school and they work
      like that, one of my dearest friends from the project, Martina,
      teaches Maths and Russian (imagine the combination!) just because her
      mother is russian and she lived in Russia up to when she was 15...

      Going to your personal curriculum is one thing, making that just by
      the need of the school is another, regardeless of your preparation.
      Evelyn, do fight back! I went to this march for the first time in 24
      years (I teach since 1983!) and it felt good! I went as I felt the
      Minister was offending me and my integrity as we don't work with
      machines but with people, someelse 's kids who I like to treat the
      same way I'd like the three of my own to be treated in school: have
      good and responsible teachers... We are not a factory or a line of
      production that produce 24 hours a day all this formatted packages...

      If, by any chance, you'll start teaching some portuguese, count me in
      for what ever you need!

      I plan to start learning spanish myself next fall as french students
      are decreasing and the demand for spanish is increasing. Spanish and
      portuguese are quite similar, at least orally, just have to change
      the accent and 90% of the words are more or less accurate... The main
      differences are in writing...

      May you have a peaceful sunday and feel free to ask for anything you
      may need...

      Carlos

      --- In evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com, Evelyn Izquierdo
      <izquierdo_evelyn@...> wrote:
      >
      > Dear Carlos:
      >
      > I admire Portuguese teachers' willingness and force to fight
      against unfair educational policies. Venezuelans have a lot to learn
      from you. We might be probably marching soon, too. We have two
      Ministers of Education, one for elementary and secondary schools and
      another one for higher education. They both are strictly following
      the commands of our president to 'socialize' our education. To many
      of us 'socialism' means 'comunism'. Things are getting darker every
      day. All elementary and secondary school teachers are receiving
      mandatory courses for the new 'socialist education'. Most of them
      don't agree, but if they don't attend the courses they can be fired.
      The new curriculum includes military and political formation, and our
      40 democracy years disappeared from the new official history books.
      English and Spanish teachers have to teach different languages
      (probably Portuguese because of our close location to Brasil) plus
      other school subjects, no mater if they are prepared
      > or not. They call this new teacher an 'integral teacher'.
      >
      > On the other side, the Minister of Higher Education intends to
      eliminate the state universities' admission policies, so students
      won't take either entrance or proficiency tests. How come! That's
      crazy!!! 'According to the government 'everybody has the right to
      enter Venezuelan universities. They can't continue working under the
      power of the oligarchy.' Uhmmm, I forsee that teachers and parents
      will start the' battle' very soon. I'd love to see 100.000 teachers
      or more marching in the streets as in Portugal.
      >
      > In spite of all this caos, teachers have to continue doing our
      best.
      >
      > Warm regards,
      >
      > Evelyn
      >
      >
      >
      > Carlos F C Ferreira <carlosfilipe_ferreira@...> escribió:
      > You seem a bit more optimistic than we around here...
      Although the
      > march was good as it brought us closer than ever before, the
      Minister
      > keeps the same speech, although a bit more open... we will probably
      > some more tem marches to make her listen...
      >
      > Anyway, thank you for your kind words and a Happy Easter...
      > Carlos
      >
      > --- In evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com, "Maru" <mmvcentro@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > Welcome back Carlos!
      > >
      > > I knew you would, you are a natural!
      > > Against all odds you keep improving your teaching practice.
      > > I admire the courage of all the Portuguese teachers that marched
      on
      > > protest. I bet is a hard spot to be and hope that you are heard
      > and
      > > taken into account to improve teaching conditions.
      > > Love: Maru
      > >
      > > --- In evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com, "Carlos F C
      Ferreira"
      > > <carlosfilipe_ferreira@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Hi Maru,
      > > >
      > > > Thank you for your kind words... In fact, even If I would stop
      > here
      > > I
      > > > would have gone further than I would imagine six months ago...
      > But
      > > > no, I am not stopping... In fact, I am getting more and more
      > > > enthusiastic about web tools + plus meeting such nice people as
      I
      > > > have met is wonderful, specially in times where, in Portugal,
      > > > teaching is not easy...
      > > >
      > > > For you to have an idea, we are 150 000 teachers in Portugal
      and
      > > 100
      > > > 000 marched agains the Ministery's policy ( I marched for the
      > first
      > > > time in 24 years as a teacher, so guess how I feel about that
      > woman
      > > > they call Minister of Education policies...) last saturday! I
      had
      > > > never seen so many teachers together in the same place...
      > > >
      > > > There you see, that is why I keep telling you all how
      > therapeutical
      > > > it is to take part of this webhead and all that it brought to
      > me...
      > > >
      > > > Love
      > > >
      > > > Carlos
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > --- In evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com, "MMV®" Centro
      > > > Multidisciplinario <mmvcentro@> wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > Hi Carlos!
      > > > > Nice to see you posting here, welcome to the group!
      > > > > You are a natural Webhead as Daf pointed out; you will be
      > > > contributing here at your own pace, which by the way is at the
      > > speed
      > > > of light compared to mine =)
      > > > >
      > > > > I suggest you to get your del.icio.us account ready and your
      > > > reader as well, the learning does not stop with Webheads. If
      you
      > > > wonder where this will lead you... ask Hala, Nina, Nelba,
      Evelyn,
      > > > Erika or Jennifer. They were awarded and will go to Japan by
      the
      > > end
      > > > of this month!
      > > > > Love: Maru
      > > > >
      > > > > Carlos F C Ferreira <carlosfilipe_ferreira@> wrote:
      > > > > I come from Baw 08 and I'm happy to join this group.
      > I
      > > > hope I ca
      > > > > contribute and participate so that I can go on exchanging and
      > > > learning
      > > > > on how to use webtools and take them into classrooms. Baw 08
      > has
      > > > been a
      > > > > wonderful experience and I have learned a lot.I'll join you
      > > briefly
      > > > on
      > > > > Sunday sessions ( just as soon as I manage to recover from
      Baw
      > > late
      > > > > hours...)
      > > > >
      > > > > Carlos
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > <a href="http://maria-eugenia-del-campo-velasco.neurona.com"
      > > > title="Ver el Perfil Profesional de Maria Eugenia del Campo
      > > Velasco"
      > > > target="_blank"><img border="0"
      > > >
      > >
      >
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