Living in Brazil: Electric showers, toilet litter and other oddities

I was going to write a separate post for each of these cultural-shock-inducing items of everyday Brazilian life, but that would be a little extreme because they are pretty easy to describe. This week, I thought hard about the first things that shocked me when I came to Brazil at the clueless age of 15… Read More Living in Brazil: Electric showers, toilet litter and other oddities

The consequences of bad education

According to Ibope, 75% of Brazilians can´t write, read and interpret a long text. That means that only 25% of Brazilian can fully understand a long text. (Source: http://noticias.terra.com.br/brasil/noticias/0,,OI659284-EI994,00-Ibope+da+populacao+nao+sabe+ler+direito.html) I don´t know how high this percentage is in other countries, but the lack of reading or discussion on serious subjects is very evident when you… Read More The consequences of bad education