Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Rant #1 - Education

Ok so I was a bit reluctant to post something like this but then I thought to myself 'why not?! it's my blog and I can post what I like!' so that's what I'm going to do...

So recently, I've been really frustrated with the world, and more specifically the education system. We spend the majority of our teenage years 'learning' about things that we are unlikely to ever use again. For example: algebra. Unless you are planning to be some sort of mathematician or scientist after you leave school, I doubt very much that you will be using algebra very often, if not at all. So why are we learning these things?! Who was it that decided that some ridiculous and complete abstract theory is more important than being a decent human being for example? There are plenty of people out there who, despite maybe being extremely rude and disrespectful, are still thought of by our society as 'better' just because one of their strengths happens to be in an academic subject, and I don't think this is fair.

I strongly believe that being a good, decent person is 100x more important than having a good memory to pass an exam. That's the other issue: all we are learning is aimed at one exam. Shouldn't the whole point of an education be to teach and prepare children and teenagers for adult life? To learn the things that will come in useful like how taxes work or how to deal with people in different situations. So much pressure is put on us to do well in exams but is it really fair to judge us on how much useless knowledge we have managed to cram into our heads.

The sad thing is that there is near to nothing I can do about it. But anyway, I don't want to ruin your day too much so I'm going to shut up now. 

If you do agree with me on anything please restore my faith in humanity and leave me a comment.


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

25 Facts About Me

So today I'm going to tell you all (all 0 of you...) a little bit about myself. I have come up with 25 completely random facts that will hopefully help you get to know me a bit better :) . Enjoy...

1. Ella is short for Eleanor.

2. I was born on the 28th of June in 1997

3. When I was 4 I moved to France and have lived there ever since

4. I would quite happily live off chips or pasta.

5. I have a dog called Stanley.

6. I tend to come across really grumpy and shy sometimes but most of the time it's just because I'm quite a laid back person with a bitchy resting face. 

7. I have two middle names which are 'Millie' and 'Beatrice' and I absolutely hate them. (sorry if that's your name)

8. I am a 'vegetarian' but I eat Big Macs from macdonalds...

9. I have a slight phobia of flies because once a fly a landed on my bed and gave birth to baby maggots and it was traumatising.

10. I have visited 13 countries so far

11. The key to my heart is chocolate coated raisins

12. I literally spend as much time as I can in my pyjamas because I can't stand being in uncomfortable clothes.

13. I was born with a hole in my heart and have had two operations to sort it out.

14. I am probably the fussiest eater you will ever come across.

15. I find it really hard to talk about serious things and usually end up laughing out of awkwardness.

16. One of my biggest dreams for the future is to design and build my own house.

17. Christmas is my favourite holiday.

18. My family are my most favourite people in the world.

19. I took my French gcse 2 years early and got an A* but I still struggle to hold a conversation in French

20. I love dark and rainy weather

21. I really hate school and can't wait to leave but I have no idea what I want to do next

22. I tend to get upset rather than angry

23. Pretty much all I drink is water on a daily basis

24. I absolutely love dancing but not when it involves improvising. One of my biggest wishes is that I could street dance.

25. When I was younger I didn't used to be very girly and would spend a lot of lunchtimes playing football with a load of boys. I even used to be ashamed of liking the colour pink