Scream, Scheme, Scam, Snark, Smarm, Snake, Huckster, Trainer, Educator, Educationist, Academic



Of course, we shouldn’t label people without observing their behaviour online and offline over a period of time.

Note that some people will fit more than one category below.

I have noticed that some people can be very good at playing two or more parts in the same VET production. Also, inconsistent in their views.

  1. Who would you feel most comfortable taking advice from?
  2. For what purpose?
  3. In what context?
  4. Who with?
  5. When?

1. VET Screamer Only he/she can know best – psuedo-intellectual/anti-academic. You are required to listen to their subjective, individualistic viewpoint without evidence beyond their own experience. We are to be led to believe that they individually have the only relevant experience to the dialogue about VET because they work “at the coalface” for xx years.

2. VET Schemer – Relies on subjective knowledge and deliberately aims to perpetuate assumptions (rather than evidence based perspectives) to bolster his/her conflict of interest position, e.g., Private RTO owner promoting profit making over not-for-profit VET organisation.

3. VET Scammer – Believes in profit making from tax payer funded services and processes above all else and at every possible opportunity and via every possible loop hole.

4. VET Snarker – Snark is a combination of two words; “snide” and “remark”. Snark is defined as making sharp and critical comments and a blending of cynicism and sarcasm. Snarkers use it as a literary device which is meant to be sarcastic speech. Depending on the subject, the audience and the speaker, snark can be taken as sophisticated, witty or asinine.

5. VET Smarmer – Behaves in an ingratiating way in order to gain favour for themselves under any circumstances in the VET System.

6. VET Snake – Says via “forked tongue”, that they believe in community development and high standards for vocational education and training of learners to achieve employment, however, actually believes in priority of profit making from tax payer funded services and processes above all else, at every opportunity and via every possible loophole.

7. VET Huckster – Sells or advertises anything labelled “education” in an aggressive, dishonest, or annoying way for personal gain, usually at the expense of others.

8. VET Trainer – a person with a minimum of Certificate IV qualification (Level 4) who trains people (or “animals”, “veterinarians” or “war service veterans”?) using CBT (based on behaviourist model of behaviour change, common in the 1920s to 1950s). Within the (narrow) Australian definition of CBT, they are intended to provide opportunities for people to develop particular workplace skills and some limited workplace related knowledge.

9. VET Educator – A person who provides instruction or education; a teacher; from the perspective of a professional educator, usually beginning at minimum Diploma level of qualification (Level 5).

10. VET Educationist – One who is versed in the theory and practice of VET education, and/or who practices, advocates and/or promotes VET education; an educator. An expert who is often devoted to one occupation or branch of learning (such as VET – knowledge, skills and performance) and the cognitive and situated action development of the human mind. Usually minimum Level 7 qualification, e.g., Bachelor degree.

11. VET Academic – One who is versed in the theory and/or practice of VET via models of coherence and logic. Doctor of Philosophy or Professional Doctorate qualification – Level 10

  1. Who do you feel most comfortable taking advice from?
  2. For what purpose?
  3. In what context?
  4. Who with?
  5. When?


The word ‘Education’ has been derived from different Latin words.

a) ‘educare’ which means ‘to bring out’ or ‘to nourish’.

b) ‘educere’ which means ‘to lead out’ or ‘to draw out’.

c) ‘educatum’ which means ‘act of teaching’ or ‘training’.

d) ‘educatus’ which means ‘to bring up, rear, educate’.

e) ‘ēducātiō’ which means “a breeding, a bringing up, a rearing.”

The earliest definition of education is that exposed by Plato’s saying, “Education stands for granting the souls and bodies as much as possible an amount of aesthetes and perfection.”

This definition comprises physical and spiritual education. The former is that education which sows corporal development and prosperity, while the latter is that which creates perfection and virtue.

Education is development of individual and the society- It is called a force for social development, which brings improvement in every aspect in the society.

Education is a training of human senses, mind, behaviour, activities; skills are trained in a constructive and socially desirable way.

Education reconstructs and remodels our experiences towards socially desirable ways.

Education is purposive: every individual has some goal in his life. Education contributes in attainment of that goal. There is a definite purpose underlined all educational activities.






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