FIXing Hazırlık… (Pt 01 of 03)

Fixing FQ 01

It’s a bit ‘rude’, innit?8 BUT...that’s exactly the question (OK…I used the term ‘smarty-pants’ to convey the stress and intonation used…as well as some of the facial expressions I saw) that I have been asked in a number of conversations since I started:

Truth (mini ver 01)
  1. Is Hazırlık BROKEN?

  2. Is it our ‘Curriculum Thunking’ wot is BROKEN?

  3. Could it be our understanding of ‘Quality’…that is BROKEN, perhaps?

  4. So…Hazırlık is BROKEN! – Time to play… (BTW – ‘hazırlık’ is the Turkish term for the English Language Preparatory Programmes run by many universities here…just so you know)! 8 Perhaps, I should just remind those people what my dear friend Hannibal ‘does’ with rude people…

Hannibal (dinner)

…just wait till I do the series on what actually happens in faculty departments! The thing is that…this type of question started to be dropped into my in-box and the comments section of the posts before I’d even got to the second blog post. Some of them were not as rude…they were genuine questions, from genuine people…facing many of the genuine ‘problems’ that I was trying to draw attention to. Questions like:

Fixing FQ 02

…fair enough!8 The thing is…these questions reminded me of the wonderful work of Peter Block (esp. his perspective-shaking book - THE ANSWER TO HOW IS ‘YES’). For Peter, these types of questions are (usually) a defense against getting an 'improvement effort' started, a defense against change.

No change (cartoon)

…so sad! …so true! …so common!8 Now, I’m not so sure that everyone who asks a HOW-question is running from the truth (or is trying to postpone actually doing something about a problem). However, Peter’s questions are used a heck of a lot by people in our hazırlık schools (and the guys that 'control' these schools with their 'decision-making') – especially those with those heady job titles we discussed. Very few of these hazırlık stakeholders, for example, ask one of the ‘alternative questions’ suggested by Peter: 8

Fixing FQ 07


…I wonder why, acaba? We'll come back to this - promise!8 Instead, many hazırlık stakeholders (including LEARNers…and their parents) ask questions like this:

Fixing FQ 03
  1. Firstly, that these stakeholders are more interested in an ‘answer-orientated’ approach to ‘quality education’ – you know, ‘quick fixes’ or ‘magic bullets’.

  2. Secondly, that they have more ‘faith’ in others (esp. foreigners…and, even better, foreign consultants) than they do in themselves and their own abilities.

  3. Thirdly, that all it takes to ‘fix’ a problem is to do a bit more “alıntı, çalıntı and mış-gibi yapmak” (the Turkish translation for “borrowing, ripping off, and faking-it-till-you-make-it”).


Silly…misguided…(and) just plain dumb!8 These people often jump to other questions (when they stumble onto a 'solution' they can 'import') – questions like these:

Fixing FQ 04 and 05

Now, you know…You see, many hazırlık stakeholders want the ‘cheapest’ version of the ‘quick fix’ possible – without really lifting a finger (for hazırlık that is...the Engineering Faculty can, as a rule, get whatever the bloody hell it wants). The question about length of time required kinda gives this away, too! 8

Fixing FQ 06

What were we saying about the blame game?8 …after all, it’s so easy to point the finger…when you do not really want to ‘fix’ stuff. Of course, we all want to give the impression that we…us…ourselves…have no trouble going the extra mile (to put LEARNing at the heart of our decision-making).

Blame Game 01’s just THEM…THEY…those (bloody) OTHERS – that ‘stop’ us!8 And...if that don't work, we always have the other...

Change (50 reasons)

...up our sleeves!

8 The combination of a culture of blame (along with its sister culture – ‘CYA’) and our unquestioning worship of "how-to" pragmatism (constantly asking “how” – rarely “why”) basically means that most of our hazırlık schools are doing more and more about things that mean less and less – for both LEARNers and EDUcators!

Insane (TG version)
TELLing the truth
Fixing FQ 07
Fixing FQ 08 09 and 10
Fixing FQ 11 12 and 13

Yes…even LEARNers…especially with LEARNers!


This is where you scroll back to the top...while I draft Pt 02 of 03!

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