Fandango’s Provocative Question (13 January 2021)

Today’s Provocative Question, Fandango asks:

What do you think is the one subject (or thing) that should be taught in school that isn’t?

Common Sense.

You want a longer answer?

Okay, c o m m o n s e n s e .

I could offer a more considered answer, like how the playing field should be totally flat, how no one person is better or worse than any other, but don’t they teach that already?

The Bottom Line

Did you ever find yourself watching an interview on TV and just end up wishing that the interviewer would cut to the chase?

During the pandemic, we have had some politicians advocating opening all businesses and shops again. In effect, to take the virus on the chin, but to keep on making money. Trump over in the US was probably the loudest exponent of this theory, but we had them too and I suspect everywhere did.

And I’d watch them dancing around on TV, all the while wanting the interviewer to ask, how many deaths are acceptable here? Because we all know that the virus can be fatal, but any answer other than zero here is not really acceptable. Not for somebody seeking re-election.

You know, all that faffing around, but there is a clear, incisive question at the end of it which, if asked, would force people’s hand.

I felt a bit like that the other day. I happened to be chatting to a teacher, who was bemoaning how sad it was that children were losing so much by not being schooled. I agreed with them, but the bottom line, if I had to choose between somebody’s education being disrupted for a year, and somebody’s life, it’s a no-brainer.

Sweets for my Sweet

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 13 January 2021, delight.

When my daughter was learning to bake,
She decided to bake us a cake,
To her clear delight,
It was fluffy and light,
Even though she used salt by mistake.