Wot Eva!!!  

helga_hansen 49F  
3122 posts
2/26/2006 10:20 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Wot Eva!!!

After receiving this little gem in my "Filtered Inbox", I'm seriously starting to wonder what the future of the UK will be...

hi hunny how r u 2day.iv jus got home from work.wot u bin up 2.ur well cute.wanna get to no u better.ur such a babe.love ur hot body.hope to hear from u.i live near n dnt mind travellin so wot u waitin 4.u wont be dissapointed.my emails ***xxxxxxxxxx04"at"aol.com if u cant rite bk on here.i no im bit young but gimme a chance im hell of a fuckdoubt ud want ne1 else after u try me.ur so seexy.dnt waste time wiv ova lads.no is ***xxxxxxxxxxx mif u wanna txt xxxx

***Names and mobile numbers have been deleted to protect the innocent

I'm a number cruncher by trade, but I happen to crunch numbers in the Higher Education sector, and when I read an email like this from a 23 year old man, it really makes me wonder whether educating my son in this country is such a good idea.

As it happens, my young stud here indicates on his profile that he has some college experience, and looking at his vocation, perhaps I shouldn't be surprised at the way he's chosen to write to me.

However, it's my experiences in Higher Education that tell me that this is a problem which goes across the board. As some young student stands in front of me, displaying definite signs of ineptitude, the thought of "How the hell did you get the required marks to make it here?" quite often crosses my mind.

In a recent
Times Higher Education Supplement I read that first year tutors are banging their heads in frustration at the level of illiteracy and lack of basic comprehension so many of their first year students are displaying. In their estimation, so many students are passing A Levels simply through learning by rote, and tutors can spend the best part of the first year "re-educating" under-graduates, before getting on with the important business of giving these students their much-desired degrees (and usually in media studies!!).

As it happens, I never actually went to university. Old Man Hansen had severe difficulties in understanding why his elder daughter wanted to get herself a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. In his mind a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) was a "Bugger All" degree, and with hindisght, maybe my Old Man was right to stop me from pursuing a career in journalism.

Instead, I chose to run away from home, and I remember being rather distraught when trolley dolly entrance requirements were changed, making the necessary starting age two years further away!!

I had all the right grades for getting into university - six subjects (as opposed to the now only required three), in English, Maths, Science, Biology, Accountancy and Computer Sciences, and after waitressing for the best part of a year, I finally settled down and got myself a job working for Citibank, in their Corporate Banking division. I carried on working while furthering my studies by taking banking exams, and after I'd hit 30, I signed up to do an Accounting degree through a distance-learning university.

I've worked in so many different fields, and while there is a certain part of me that still hankers after the journalistic bent, I've come to realise that numbers and I aren't such a bad combination after all. I finally qualified as a Management Accountant two years ago, but have no desire to head for the City and earn a wacking great salary. Instead, I've hung up my calculator in the Charitable Sector, and decided to hone my skills in Higher Education.

Would I like Master Hansen to go to university? Sometimes I wonder if he would be better off working his way through the University of Life, and not starting his working career saddled with debt and a degree that is starting to mean less and less in this "degree or nothing" driven world.

I have a lot of respect for tradesmen, but would it be too much to ask that they at least leave school with the ability to read and write? If my young stud is anything to go by, the answer to that is a resounding NO!

In the meantime, I'll just shake my head in despair, and make sure Master Hansen carries on devouring books that aren't written using so-called "text speak"!!!

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

LustGoddess2469 50F  
2453 posts
2/26/2006 11:17 am

Isn't it just amazing? I wonder, too, if it's even worth planning on sending my three boys to college if this is what they have to look forward to. lol


sexyblokeinlincs 54M
470 posts
2/26/2006 1:49 pm

Ahhhhhhhhh to be young again.....


angelgrrl 48F

2/26/2006 3:55 pm

Oh, those are just IM shortcuts. I know a kid who writes JUST like that on IM and text messages, yet in person is the most articulate person I have spoken with in awhile. He knows how to write properly (he's a graduate student), he just chooses not to when talking on IM. Of course, his approach leaves something to be desired . . .

Green_Tea_Boy 50M
1064 posts
2/26/2006 5:11 pm

I think the answer lies with 'some college'... he was obviously kicked out due to his terrible written English...

but I am fascinated by the word 'fuckdoubt'.... what does it mean....pmsl

elysianpleasure 47M

2/26/2006 5:35 pm

I mainly feel sorry for people who for whatever reason never receive or can accomplish an education. A degree is frankly not the sign of intelligence or much of anything. It is just one of many ways of gaining experience. Some of the most brilliant people I know have high school deplomas or none at all... and I generally have a policy to double screen Ph.D.'s when I do hiring... because I find many of them unable to deal with the pragmatics of applied knowledge. Because you care... your young one will likely receive the attention needed to make sure whatever path they are well educated and articulate. All the best... Elysian

Babel__Fish 45F

2/27/2006 4:16 am

Hey Helga!

I think that man mailed me too *lmao*

Glad to see that YOU are making sure that your son does not end up in the same boat.


rm_2ronnies2 49M
4 posts
2/27/2006 5:43 am

There was one prosaic observation that I can without question agree with our young, and up coming future novelist: you do have a hot body!

I's (sic) wont (sic) 2 go bak (sic) to hi'er (sic) edukatun (sic) to lern (sic) me (sic) ABC's n (sic) 123's wit (sic) u (sic)...

sniggering smuttily

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
3/4/2006 7:23 am

Need I comment on this? I love the English language and it torments me to see it abused like this. I must admit I do sometimes slip into abbreviations when I'm texting but even then I tend to think twice ... of course, it costs me a fortune in unnecessarily long messages!

All we can do is try to make sure we encourage our children to appreciate the written word ... and, perhaps, take a baseball bat to repeat offenders!

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