posts for geeks.

Do you ever watch films for a second or third time and see something you didn’t see before?

It’s awesome, right? You see some clue, or giveaway that you didn’t notice the last time round and the story makes a bit more sense.

What about when you watch a film for the first time in years, and all of a sudden, the jokes seem funnier because you can relate to them a bit more? Well this happens to me all the time and it got me thinking: How many things did I learn in school, that just didn’t make sense at the time?

When am I ever going to use this stuff? When will this be important? Why do I need to know about isosceles triangles or Pythagoras? Why is James Joyce so influential? I’m not going to be a joiner, so why do I have to go to a woodwork class?

– some of my school girl mutterings

I liked most of my lessons in school, with the exception of Maths, History, French, IT, Geography and Woodshop (… so most of the lessons) but I think there was just so much that went over my head back then. Over the last few years I’ve been learning more and more about philosophy, religion, films, and stories (as it happens, my favourite lessons in secondary school were English and RE (Religious Education)).

I remember when I was in primary school we had this great Ofsted teacher in year 3 or 4, Mr Brown. At the end of every day, he would read chapters from a J. R. R. Tolkien book like The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. My Great Grandad was also a bit of a book pusher too and I’d read books he gave me like, Lorna Doone or The Water-Babies. I also used to live across the road from a library and my sister and I could go there as much as we wanted. I loved that stories took me to a place in my imagination that I couldn’t go to on my own.

With RE, I knew from a young age religion, spirituality and philosophy affected laws, cultures, even our behaviour and reasoning. You could always hear adults talking about this race or that place, this God or their Gods, this prime minister or that war. I thought it was so interesting, that it’s something I still enjoy learning about in my personal time.

Apparently, the reason they teach most stuff in secondary school is to get the cogs working and I’m not even sure it’s all meant to make perfect sense right then. Lessons in school “grease the wheels” of our problem solving or critical thinking skills. If you’re lucky then I guess some of it sticks and for me, the stuff that stuck was from RE and English.

The more I read books or articles about philosophy and films and stories and religion, the more I kept coming back to the stuff I learnt in secondary school. I don’t think I will ever be in the mood to revisit Maths or Woodshop but I am certainly going to have a go at some of the stuff from English and RE. I hope it’ll be like watching a movie I hadn’t seen in years.

Stick around. It’s going to get Geeky.

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