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may recall, those were the witty

words repeated by Hamlet in the

fictionalized historical castle of

Kronberg in Elsinore, Helsingør in

Danish. Curiously when you go and

you visit this little fishing town the

guide of the castle will let you know

that Shakespeare never stepped on

that castle, he was told about it by

travellers of the time.

Words travel from country to country

or in time and they change and give

birth to new words, letting the other

ones die as if they had a complete

life cycle, the same as silkworms

becoming butterflies.

“WINDOW” is one of my favourite

words, originally comes from “wind”

and “ow” which in old English meant

“eye” so windows became the “eyes

of the wind”, isn’t it beautiful?

Other words are invented by the

need of giving meaning to a new

object or concept, in this case we

have “internet”, “software” or

“smartphone” in the case of objects,

or “NEET” in the case of concepts.

If you’re wondering by now what

a NEET is, I’ll tell you it’s a newly

coined acronym for a contemporary

sad stereotype of person, a NEET is

someone who is Not in Employment,

Education or Training. This term

appeared officially for the first time

in the report

Bridging the gap: new

opportunities for 16-18 year olds in

education, employment or training

, in

the UK in 1999. That is to say, our

well-known “NINI” in the Spanish or

Catalan languages.

According to the OECD (OCDE





for Economic and Co-operation

Development, Spain is the second country

with the highest number of NEETs by a

25,79%, just overtaken by Turkey with a

29,19% of NEETs.

These numbers are taken from the yearly

report called

Panorama de la Educación


the latest we have by now.

According to the same agency mentioned

above, up to a point the reason for this

high percentages was the golden times of

the “brick sector”, young people attracted

to fast and easy money.

But regardless to the comparison with

other countries, -does it make you feel

better if we are the worst or almost the

worst or one of the worst countries in

this aspect?- what calls my attention are

other facts such as the evolution of these.

The Spanish and Catalan young people

have better educational levels than their

parents although the difference at present

is not that remarkable -keeping in mind

that many of these parents never had the

chance to access education or that they

were forced to work at very young ages. In

spite of these better levels 36% of people

in Spain between 25 and 34 years old did

not study the two last years of Secondary

School. In conclusion, time and better

conditions have not improved that much

the levels of quitting school studies.

The other issue pointed out in the report

is the lack of excellence in the results of

the assessment of the different levels of

students, that is, even if people study and

pass, very few master the subject.

And more and more numbers with which I

wouldn’t like to bore you, also keeping in

mind that all the readers of this magazine

have been great students and have

reached probably the highest standards of


But still it makes me think why? Is it the

crisis situation? Is it the high prices of

education? Is it bad teaching? Is it the good

weather we have and which is to blame

for everything? Or is it simply lack of


Maybe we forgot about motivation. I think

there should be a subject at school for young

learners called Motivation, so if you’re

not born with it, to get to learn it at very

young ages. Motivation is more than doing,

more than rewarding your children with

countless gadgets, motivation is teaching

them the pleasure for learning, for being

curious and making them understand that

learning makes you more open-minded,

more tolerant and so a better person and

citizen. Money will come later, without

searching for it.

Gandhi said “The greatness of a nation

can be judged by the way its animals are

treated.” This is not about animals, it’s

about education.

And when I sometimes wonder, is there

any hope for our NEETs and society? I

always recall Shakespeare again and smile

at his title All’s Well That Ends Well, and

believe that in order to improve we should

look back and never forget “ The inaudible

and noiseless foot of Time.” (5.3.50)