Thursday, February 19, 2009

What Do The English Know About Tanning?

In California, we just know how to do it. In England, you can apparently take tanning classes in school.

Someone let the Malfoys know.

11 comments:

Fritz J. said...

If the Brits really want to make their tanning classes amount to something they would get His Lordship the Viscount St. Austell-in-the-Moor Biggleswade-Brixham (Edgar "Zonker" Harris) for the instructor.

Doug Martin said...

I thought tanning was the process of turning cows into belts, saddles and shoes? My how times have changed. When I googled tanning, all the first page was about sun-tanning. I am not old, but I feel it...

Ellen K said...

Maybe a class in going to the orthodontist? (Okay, that was mean...)

Donalbain said...

Posted at Joanne's blog as well:

The module in tanning is part of the course of a BTEC or possibly a GNVQ in beauty therapy. Now, I don’t know about you, but I think a beauty therapist should be able to apply tanning products and use a tanning bed. But of course, if you want to laugh at the idea of occupational training, then please go ahead.

allen (in Michigan) said...

Oh Donal, before you come panting up to the party with the latest misrepresentation from the left you ought to at least read the article:

It means that a merit in an ITEC diploma in "tanning treatments", for which students are taught how to operate sunbeds and apply fake tan without streaks over 72 hours, is worth 45 points in school league tables. This is equal to an A grade in one of the six units that make up an A-level in a subject such as maths.

What's the explanation for a course in tanning in the learning of math?

rightwingprof said...

I suspect part of it is because you can't get a natural tan on an island that's rainy and foggy half the time.

Donalbain said...

It does not say it is part of the learning of maths. It says that it is of equal value in the ranking scheme used by the government to rate colleges and schools. Now, you and I may or may not agree that the ranking scheme is stupid, but we can at least agree that the tanning course is NOT part of the maths syllabus, can't we?

allen (in Michigan) said...

Right you are. My rushed misreading of the article.

Learning to operate a tanning machine and apply artificial tanning products isn't part of the math curriculum. Spending ridiculous amounts of time learning trivial skills is seen as the equivalent of learning math. That's certainly a difference but it isn't much of a distinction.

Donalbain said...

How is learning a trade a "trivial skill"?

allen (in Michigan) said...

How is "learning" to operate a tanning gadget or apply artificial tanning lotion anything other then a trivial skill and how is it in any way comparable to learning math at any level?

Donalbain said...

It is not trivial to someone who wants to work as a beauty therapist. Which, shockingly, are the people who will take this course.