The Universal Language of Bullets
Day 012 – August 3, 2011
This is one of those rare posts where I will actually document a (quasi-)similarity between my previous life in the United States and my current life in Peru.
Today’s big assignment on my jam-packed calendar of being unemployed was to attend the orientation session of my children’s School (yes, the same School I wrote about earlier with the Uniform Racket). On the schedule was the opportunity to learn all about the educational system of an international school.
Side Note: This School touts itself as international in flavor as almost half the student body does not hail from Peru. Those of you with good math backgrounds can deduce from my previous sentence this means that over half the student population is from Peru and not native English speakers. What this heralds for our trio of children is that they will have the opportunity to learn Spanish in a social setting. “Opportunity” may be too mild a word because if they want to make friends with Peruvian children or have them throw their ball back on the playground, our kids will have to use Spanish. An opportunity usually denotes an element of a choice, whereas our threesome of kids will have no option but to use the local language to communicate. Which is fine with us because one of our three goals for our kids in this living abroad adventure is to expand their ability to speak a foreign language. We believe that being bilingual, among other things, is an excellent skill that can only help their future employment prospects.
Boy, that was a long Side Note.
Back to the School’s Orientation and the first item on the agenda was to listen to a presentation about the School. Actually, that last sentence should read “listen to multiple presentations”. Since these were presentations given to a large crowd, that could only mean that one thing (cue the scary music here)…and office drones reading this world-wide are already starting to feel the hair on the back of their knees stand on edge.
The presentations were given using PowerPoint.
Here I was, out of work, living south of the Equator, and thousands of miles from home, and I was still seeing PowerPoint presented poorly.
From an over-abundance to bullet points, to presenters simply reading the text that we as the audience were smart enough to read on our own, to that bane of all homo sapiens-related existence…the mission statement, this PowerPoint presentation had it all, or to paraphrase The Bard, it was…
…full of bullet points and animation, / Signifying nothing
That thought should make every rational being shudder.