by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK
Finland is a trustworthy country. Yes. Absolutely. One can honestly say, you can rely on Finns. We speak the truth, no matter what (to the extent that it is not so sociable or even polite…). BUT. April Fool’s Day catches us in the Northern Europe as the others around the world. The tradition of becoming slightly fool and saying whatsoever on this spring day to trick the others to do weird things, goes deep in the tradition and is soooo understandable after the loooong winter days.
YET. Finnish VET does not joke about serious things, especially as in the 100 year old Finland, our vocational education as-it-is, has turned into fourty something years. The twenties’ and even the thirties’ have time to kid and joke and play games, but the fourty-year-old-ones work hard and try to earn their place in the world. Therefore, you will not see us educators say ”Let’s take a day off” or ”We have run out of coffee”. Finnish VET is a serious thing and not a fool’s game.
PS.1. If there is still someone among the 110 000 readers of the Savon Sanomat April Fool’s news (2012), who even now does not dare to grow one’s own potatoes, fearing for their quality level… the imaginary chancellor in the concerned ministry has quit. So put on your potatoes to the cool sunshine to take root, as yourself. It is spring!
PS.2. ”Pottu” is a potatoe in short form of ”peruna”. ”Pottuilla” is a Finnish verb, meaning to provoke by annoying remarks.