One thing leads to another

26 Sep

On the same day my child had to go to school and tell the teacher, ‘My mom threw my homework out because she thought it was rubbish trash,’* because I did and so I did, I read this in the paper.

You really need to follow that link, yes, yes you do. Read on its own, that article actually gives a false impression of higher education here in the UAE. I don’t have the figures and things to hand right now, but young women are taking up higher education opportunities at a very high rate. I would tell you more about this, but I don’t have time right now. It’s 11.26 and I have promised myself that I will be at my desk – the one without the internet connection – ready to work at 11.30.

*serious language influences at work in youngest child’s vocabulary


14 Responses to “One thing leads to another”

  1. The Coffee Lady September 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    I don’t understand. Why is rubbish crossed out?

    • ThirdCat September 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

      because we use the word rubbish in Australia, but he always uses the word trash – he is becoming American

  2. kazari September 26, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Good Lord.
    Several things occur… firstly, some of the more conservative christian colleges in the US have offered similar degrees…. I’m not sure if they have classes about pedicures, though.
    Odd that he thinks having hired help makes women worse mothers. Or that the divorce rate has something to do with parenting skills…
    do you think his household has a maid?

  3. carolbaby September 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    “On average, there is a minimum of two maids per household in the UAE

    Different world indeed!

  4. isabelle September 27, 2010 at 1:48 am #


  5. Mindy September 27, 2010 at 3:22 am #

    I was so glad to read that there were some skeptics in there.

    On trash – does it grate on your ears? My 4yo has picked up the American way of saying ‘can’t’ (to rhyme with pant). We haaaaates it we does.

  6. Mindy September 27, 2010 at 3:23 am #

    Sorry, that should have been sceptics.

  7. franzy September 27, 2010 at 6:08 am #

    I’m still confused. Why did you throw out his homework?

    And isn’t this ‘degree in motherhood’ just adding to the commodification of women? Or am I missing something?

    Oh, I hope I shall have answers to these questions. I need them for my next fatherhood assignment; it’s due at 5pm!

    • ThirdCat September 27, 2010 at 6:59 am #

      I just threw it out, because it was hanging around with all the other gazillion pieces of paper on the table, and they bring home too much paper so I thought it was part of the ‘no longer needed’ paper. On the degree in motherhood, I think you’re right. But I mentioned the other stuff about higher education, because I didn’t want to leave the impression that the motherhood degree was typical.

      • franzy September 27, 2010 at 11:12 am #

        I was imagining some kind of complex protest about the need to be qualified for a biological condition.

        “I’ll show YOU a degree in motherhood! KAPOW! Children’s homework in the bin! BLAMMO! Family dinner down the dunny! You shall ratify my motherhood when you can pry its complexities from my cold, iron-deficient hands!”

        Extra credit question: is motherhood a “biological condition”? I’m looking for some vaguely humorous way to ironically trivialise the hardest job in the world which also has the highest employment rate. Discuss and show working.

  8. Pen September 27, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    I would like two maids. I would actually like three or maybe four. And a butler. If I had to do a degree in grooming and motherhood in order to get a couple of maids I would serious consider it…

  9. Cristy September 28, 2010 at 1:23 am #

    Wow. Who knew that good grooming and personal fitness were so important to ‘running a household’? Loved the critiques offered at the end of the article though. Sounds like a society in flux (like ours).

  10. Helen September 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    I love the fact that it’s a bachelor degree.

    • ThirdCat September 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

      Ha! Hadn’t even noticed. That is, indeed, quite brilliant.

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