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Joined: 7 May 2007 / Female ♀
Last Post: 15 Jun 2009
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7 May 2007
UK, Ireland / New BBC series following the lives of immigrants is looking for people [49]

I hope you will be filming positive things this time because last time I saw something on English TV about Poland and Polish people wasn't very nice. It pictured all the bad images and yet so many polish people are decent and work hard for what they have.
7 May 2007
Work / Can u teach English in Polish schools without a polish degree? [14]

Miranda, Can you tell me a little bit about it? Do you go directly to speak to headteacher when you are looking for a job or do you have to go to some kuratorium people? Can you land a permanent job or will it be a contract? How much are you likely to earn?
8 May 2007
Study / Lessons and Uniforms at Polish Primary schools [8]

Is it true that polish primary schools will have pupils in uniforms from September?
Also someone told me that children were to go to chool from the age of 5 ( zerowka ) rather than 6 is this going ahead?
14 May 2007
Work / What is a comfortable salary in Poland for a family? [7]

For a family of 4 ( 2 adult 2 kids ), big city, 1 car, no payments on the house/flat.
How much money would you have to earn to live comfortably?
How much tax do you pay on your earnings?
11 Mar 2009

My three girls have polish blood in them and love the stuff.
But then again they were introduced to it as soon as they could eat bread.
5 Apr 2009
Work / I have a "zero" chance to succeed in Poland - I do not have a degree! [93]

25 years after leaving Poland, a career of sorts in technology, I had a go at working in my field in Poland in 2007. I failed. Not because I was not competent but because I grew sick and tired of being ridiculed by co-workers for not having what? - A degree!

When I started my 1st job in early 80's in the UK few of us had degrees. Most were engineers and scientists by passion. Today I do well working alongside PhD's in a US tech firm. It's not a question of getting a degree since it would probably be quite easy, more about how an aspiring European nation can have such a petty and superstitious mindset that a man or woman becomes an automatic outcast for not putting their mgr. inz. prof. doc. before their name everywhere. In Poland it goes unnoticed that an article can read like this: "Władysława Bloggowski "Cztery mile za plot" (or similar), opracowana przez wydawnictwo.. etc etc. ..mowi o czterech dżentelmenach, wszyscy po studiach, doskonały Jerzy Trela, najlepsza rola), doktor nauk humanistycznych.."

Polish gentelmenach? Yeah, met a few of those. :)
6 Apr 2009
Work / I have a "zero" chance to succeed in Poland - I do not have a degree! [93]

What I gathered is the letters before your name are an offensive weapon dealing with people outside your family. You could call it down right irresponsible but actually my 3 kids have been in primary schools in 4 different countries: Canada, US, England and Poland. Luckily they are multilingual,extrovert and did o.k. in all. It gave me an excellent insight into how these countries schools compare:

Schools in England- children and teachers very friendly, good equipment, level of teaching fairly good, project based, most emphasis on team work, little homework, plenty of encouragement and less competition in the class. Teachers appreciate feedback and help from parents.

Canada - all the above but lower expected level to pass.
Poland - more rough treatment of children, teachers can get away with short temper/ sarcastic comments in the classroom. The level is cranked up by fear and memorizing a lot of material. Parents are expected to teach at home helping with homework (lots of)

very little is project based. There is strong rivalry among children and "friendly" is not easy to find.
US - feedback from parents is not encouraged. The expected level seems higher than in England. All project/problem based work in classroom. Almost no memorizing except in geography or languages. Lots of homework exercise in major subjects. More competitive than England. Very tight regime of rules of what is, or is not allowed. Friendly: better than Poland worse than England/ Canada.
6 Apr 2009
Work / I have a "zero" chance to succeed in Poland - I do not have a degree! [93]

these projects were always something I absolutely abhorred when my daughter was in the so called "high" school.

Well, I won't argue. the thing is I came here thinking that US schools were rubbish, beacuse folks in Europe, who all read the same newspapers now, had told me so, but found that the schools here were better than in Europe. I like the concept of primary children being taught how to give a speech or a presentation, or how to manage other people, how to design and build a prototype of something of their own and describe it. These skills I remember pretty thin on the ground among graduates. MOre so in Poland than in England. If you tell me its the other way round then I have a question: Can a country have any industry competing in the world if their schooling system is not o.k.? Does Poland manufacture, say a car of their own design? cause they do have a few car Technikum's and plytechnics? What about chemical industry, food industry etc. Do they do anything that is not brought in in blue print from outside? Aviation? eh? buying old jets from US,.. helicopters?

Another thing, I agree about home schooling, that its better if the parent teaches a child
at home, no question. But what are the teachers being paid for through my taxes?
Listing what the kids need to know and giving out a stonking "zadanie domowe"
seems a bit of a cop out, don't you think?
20 Apr 2009
Life / Legally changing my Polish name to English one? [55]

Hey Marcin,
Think how you would feel if your name was Zdzislaw ( no offence to anyone,
my own uncle Zdzisalw is the best uncle ever).
When you say Zdzichu it sounds like a sneeze.
14 Jun 2009
News / Is Poland ready for the swine fever stuff? [59]

You are bang on about the vaccines!
Although under the Texas law, for example, it is right to refuse any shots i.e. exempt your children from school vaccinations, many schools insist on a long list of injections, including 2ndary MMR's, Hepatitis B (statistically very low in US) etc.. If you show them your authorized affidavits (required for obtaining exemption), school heads will laugh at you and ask you take your kids out. This is quite scary and unlike in the UK where parents are prepared to take on the schools on such issues, here in US it’s each to his own.

Furthermore, I heard recently that some 90% of all vaccines distributed by governments are sourced from China, and are subject to practically no quality tests on delivery. I wonder if anyone knows where they get theirs from in Poland. I was vaccinated in Poland some 40 years ago against what we were told was “Ospa”. My US doctor having seeing the mark I have said that this was most definitely a TB jab.

Makes you wonder how little is known by the medical staff anywhere about what they are actually injecting children and adults with.
15 Jun 2009
News / I love Poland because... (in 10 words or less) [182]

I love Poland because over many decades the country has given "birth" to heroic characters, of uncommon magnitude and wisdom. I.e. John Paul II, Ojciec Rydzyk, czy chocby Donald Tusk,... (ok... you can take the most cheesey one out)