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barbara1']i hear your complaints about politics and elections, zhiv and mummy.... but how about us, poor belgians???

our government keeps 'tripping' over the BHV-issue....for how manny years now?! looks like all our stubborn toddlers are sitting in the parlement.... and we are sick of electing another governemnt
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; knowing they won be able to sort it out either! and we're sick of being ridiculed by other countries bout this..
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My curiousity got the better of me - it always does - and I did a bit of reading.  So let me see if I can sum this up in a nutshell:

 

The country is divided up into 3 areas - dutch speaking flanders (60% of the pop), french speaking wallonia (30% of the pop) and the bilungual capital of Brussels (10% of the pop) .  Despite the country not being evenly divided into flemings and walloons, the government still needs to be represented by 50% of each.  This means that 20% of the pop (half of the walloons) can veto every decision.  Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde (BHV) is the constitution that allows French speaking politicians (walloons) to stand for election in Flanders but Dutch speaking politicians (flemings) are not allowed to stand for election in Wallonia. Flemish politicians who agree to join a government that does not abolish BHV would be commiting political suicide whereas walloon politicians who agree to join a government that does abolish BHV would also be commiting political suicide.  So this 50/50 representation system is causing a catch-22 situation.  This stalemate is causing the country great problems and if they don't sort it out, the country could fall apart by 2017.  If that were to happen either of the following would happen:

1.  The country would be divided into 2 distinct states.

2.  Flanders would join the Netherlands; Wallonia would fall apart and be divided up between France & Luxembourg; Brussels could become an independent city state - if that were to happen it would be the first state in Western Europe with a Muslim majority.

 

Have I summed it up correctly?

 

 

Oh, one last thing: This is causing some embarrassment to the European Union because Belgium is considered the "prototype" of a united Europe.  If you guys can't hold it together, how are the member states as a whole supposed to stick together?

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barbara1']i hear your complaints about politics and elections, zhiv and mummy.... but how about us, poor belgians???

our government keeps 'tripping' over the BHV-issue....for how manny years now?! looks like all our stubborn toddlers are sitting in the parlement.... and we are sick of electing another governemnt
sick.gif
; knowing they won be able to sort it out either! and we're sick of being ridiculed by other countries bout this..
sick.gif
....

 

My curiousity got the better of me - it always does - and I did a bit of reading.  So let me see if I can sum this up in a nutshell:

 

The country is divided up into 3 areas - dutch speaking flanders (60% of the pop), french speaking wallonia (30% of the pop) and the bilungual capital of Brussels (10% of the pop) .  Despite the country not being evenly divided into flemings and walloons, the government still needs to be represented by 50% of each.  This means that 20% of the pop (half of the walloons) can veto every decision.  Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde (BHV) is the constitution that allows French speaking politicians (walloons) to stand for election in Flanders but Dutch speaking politicians (flemings) are not allowed to stand for election in Wallonia. Flemish politicians who agree to join a government that does not abolish BHV would be commiting political suicide whereas walloon politicians who agree to join a government that does abolish BHV would also be commiting political suicide.  So this 50/50 representation system is causing a catch-22 situation.  This stalemate is causing the country great problems and if they don't sort it out, the country could fall apart by 2017.  If that were to happen either of the following would happen:

1.  The country would be divided into 2 distinct states.

2.  Flanders would join the Netherlands; Wallonia would fall apart and be divided up between France & Luxembourg; Brussels could become an independent city state - if that were to happen it would be the first state in Western Europe with a Muslim majority.

 

Have I summed it up correctly?

 

 

 

Once again Mummy you are proving to be the kind of person I want me pupils to be. An amazing writer, a quick mind and off to do homework and research!! Only problem is you are a little over 16 lol!!!

BTW don't know if your homework is right or not but it sounds good.zhiv, you would not have liked me as a pupil.  I had two English teachers in secondary school.  For the first 3 years, I spent it outside the class in the corridor.  He wouldn't allow me in his class because ... well, I'm not sure why - it might have been my outspoken attitude.  The final 2 years, I was allowed in the class, but she didn't like the fact that I would question the text book's analysis of poetry and prose.  I just couldn't see why poetry had only one way of being interpretted - the interpretation given by a text book.  Needless to say, I just about passed my exams in English. :-)

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Once again Mummy you are proving to be the kind of person I want me pupils to be. An amazing writer, a quick mind and off to do homework and research!! Only problem is you are a little over 16 lol!!!

BTW don't know if your homework is right or not but it sounds good.

zhiv, you would not have liked me as a pupil.  I had two English teachers in secondary school.  For the first 3 years, I spent it outside the class in the corridor.  He wouldn't allow me in his class because ... well, I'm not sure why - it might have been my outspoken attitude.  The final 2 years, I was allowed in the class, but she didn't like the fact that I would question the text book's analysis of poetry and prose.  I just couldn't see why poetry had only one way of being interpretted - the interpretation given by a text book.  Needless to say, I just about passed my exams in English. :-)

 

 

I don't like the you can only interpret poems in a certain way. Poetry is emotional and should be seen however you want it. As long as you can justif your points of view it is a valid analysis. I had evil English teacher in my third year. In first and second year i was always in the top 3 of the class. I had evil troll for a year and was near the bottom in everything and was told I had no understanding of English etc... then back into forth and fifth year different teacher and was in the top of the class again.

When I became a teacher I decided that I would never ever put a child down and let them think they are no good, no matter how much they wind me up. I'm not perfect as a teacher but I let the kids know that I do not judge and I am fair and I think they realise that. and I alway love the inquisitive kids - so you would have been more than welcome lol!!

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mummy wrote:

Zhivvy']

 

Once again Mummy you are proving to be the kind of person I want me pupils to be. An amazing writer, a quick mind and off to do homework and research!! Only problem is you are a little over 16 lol!!!

BTW don't know if your homework is right or not but it sounds good.

zhiv, you would not have liked me as a pupil.  I had two English teachers in secondary school.  For the first 3 years, I spent it outside the class in the corridor.  He wouldn't allow me in his class because ... well, I'm not sure why - it might have been my outspoken attitude.  The final 2 years, I was allowed in the class, but she didn't like the fact that I would question the text book's analysis of poetry and prose.  I just couldn't see why poetry had only one way of being interpretted - the interpretation given by a text book.  Needless to say, I just about passed my exams in English. :-)

 

 

I don't like the you can only interpret poems in a certain way. Poetry is emotional and should be seen however you want it. As long as you can justif your points of view it is a valid analysis. I had evil English teacher in my third year. In first and second year i was always in the top 3 of the class. I had evil troll for a year and was near the bottom in everything and was told I had no understanding of English etc... then back into forth and fifth year different teacher and was in the top of the class again.

When I became a teacher I decided that I would never ever put a child down and let them think they are no good, no matter how much they wind me up. I'm not perfect as a teacher but I let the kids know that I do not judge and I am fair and I think they realise that. and I alway love the inquisitive kids - so you would have been more than welcome lol!!I think I wouldn't have just liked you as a teacher, I'd have loved you as a teacher.  I'd have been coming home every day telling me mam how much fun I had in English class lol. Now that I think of it, one of my lecturers in uni said a number of times that my communication skills were excellent.  I never thought anything of it at the time.

 

Now, just on the subject of communication - I'd recommend the following book - it might help you with trying to motivate your students.  It has definitely helped me in the work environment - no one says NO to me at work.  If I need a job done, it gets done and people do it with a smile on their face.  It's all about how you treat people.  I'd definitely recommend EVERYONE to read this book:

 

Persuasion:  The Art of Influencing People by James Borg

 

ISBN-10: 0137005075
ISBN-13: 978-0137005079

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Zhivvy wrote:

mummy wrote:

Zhivvy']

 

Once again Mummy you are proving to be the kind of person I want me pupils to be. An amazing writer, a quick mind and off to do homework and research!! Only problem is you are a little over 16 lol!!!

BTW don't know if your homework is right or not but it sounds good.

zhiv, you would not have liked me as a pupil.  I had two English teachers in secondary school.  For the first 3 years, I spent it outside the class in the corridor.  He wouldn't allow me in his class because ... well, I'm not sure why - it might have been my outspoken attitude.  The final 2 years, I was allowed in the class, but she didn't like the fact that I would question the text book's analysis of poetry and prose.  I just couldn't see why poetry had only one way of being interpretted - the interpretation given by a text book.  Needless to say, I just about passed my exams in English. :-)

 

 

I don't like the you can only interpret poems in a certain way. Poetry is emotional and should be seen however you want it. As long as you can justif your points of view it is a valid analysis. I had evil English teacher in my third year. In first and second year i was always in the top 3 of the class. I had evil troll for a year and was near the bottom in everything and was told I had no understanding of English etc... then back into forth and fifth year different teacher and was in the top of the class again.

When I became a teacher I decided that I would never ever put a child down and let them think they are no good, no matter how much they wind me up. I'm not perfect as a teacher but I let the kids know that I do not judge and I am fair and I think they realise that. and I alway love the inquisitive kids - so you would have been more than welcome lol!!
I think I wouldn't have just liked you as a teacher, I'd have loved you as a teacher.  I'd have been coming home every day telling me mam how much fun I had in English class lol. Now that I think of it, one of my lecturers in uni said a number of times that my communication skills were excellent.  I never thought anything of it at the time.

 

Now, just on the subject of communication - I'd recommend the following book - it might help you with trying to motivate your students.  It has definitely helped me in the work environment - no one says NO to me at work.  If I need a job done, it gets done and people do it with a smile on their face.  It's all about how you treat people.  I'd definitely recommend EVERYONE to read this book:

 

Persuasion:  The Art of Influencing People by James Borg

 

ISBN-10: 0137005075
ISBN-13: 978-0137005079

 

 

Thanks mummy - have just ordered it on amazon along with the confidence book by him too. they look great and as if they would help me and also some things I could pass on to the kids.

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mummy']Now, just on the subject of communication - I'd recommend the following book - it might help you with trying to motivate your students.  It has definitely helped me in the work environment - no one says NO to me at work.  If I need a job done, it gets done and people do it with a smile on their face.  It's all about how you treat people.  I'd definitely recommend EVERYONE to read this book:

 

Persuasion:  The Art of Influencing People
by
James Borg

 

  • ISBN-10:
    0137005075

  • ISBN-13:
    978-0137005079

 

 

Thanks mummy - have just ordered it on amazon along with the confidence book by him too. they look great and as if they would help me and also some things I could pass on to the kids.

You won't regret it.  Trust me!

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