Rant 1

So the other day my best friend invited me to a Labour party rally where the leader, Jeremy Corbyn, would be attending. I really enjoy politics and although I do not support the party I thought it would be interesting to attend. So that’s what I did. We met up with some friends there and they were at the front so we went to join them. Later on a man came up to us and asked if we wanted to go up on stage with Corbyn so obviously we all said yes. He did his speech and to be perfectly honest he is an excellent public speaker and it was amazing to see how enthralled the crowd was. Afterwards I got a photo with him and me, being a teenager, posted quite a bit about the day on Snapchat.

That evening my best friend sent me a message showing what a girl we know (and not a particularly nice one) had put on her snapchat story. “LMAO at all the posh private school kids at the Corbyn rally. Like enjoy the ride home in daddy’s Porsche honey xoxoxo” was what she had said and I find it awful. I am well aware I am in the category of very lucky young people who get to attend an independent school (I hate the word private school) but the fact that people feel it is okay to dehumanise us and make us feel that we don’t have the right to believe in what we want makes me so upset. Its 2017. Stop stereotyping people. The school I attend gives 1/3 of its places to people on bursaries so anyone can attend if they really want to. Just because we wear a certain uniform doesn’t mean that we don’t have feelings. I know that some people mock the state education system and the young people who attend them but that isn’t the majority.

People who attend independent schools don’t all have mansions and Porsches. I know so many people whose parents sacrifice so much for them to attend and I find it so disappointing that we are still affiliated with certain lifestyles and, in terms of political parties, the Conservative party. Anyone has the right to support anything they want to. People in social classes D/E can vote for the Conservatives. People in social classes A/B can vote for Labour. Why do we feel the need to be derogatory to people and be so nasty!?

Freedom of speech is fantastic and its brilliant how more young people are voicing their opinions however they need to be aware how comments like this can make people feel like their opinions aren’t valid. In times where people are attempting to divide us surely we should be attempting to bring ourselves together and be strong?

Please stop the stereotyping and nasty comments. Opinions are great but be aware of the people who are reading them and how easy it is for a simple Facebook status or Snapchat story to make people feel upset…

Rant over. This is just my opinion. I don’t speak for everyone who attends independent schools. I just wanted to give my perspective on how one person’s comment can trigger a number of emotions I didn’t really know I had.


My Views on Education (Blog Post 1)

On this blog I hope to be able to discuss my views on particular issues and areas that arise in the field of education.

I am mostly interested in current affairs but also the history of education and how it transformed a nation. What fascinates me most is how education has arguably gone from something craved by the working class to something taken for granted. To be empowered by education seems to be taken as a right rather than a privilege. My aim is to work towards every young person valuing education and using it to better themselves and reach their dreams.

I am currently coming to the end of year 12 but I’ve always wished to have a blog to write about my views and hopefully this will become an area for people to discuss their own opinions and to have intellectual debate on key issues.

I myself have seen both sides of the educational system being educated in a state school in primary then for my high school and sixth form in an independent school. What struck me most when I took the step to high school was the difference in style of teaching and the teachers who I was lucky enough to be taught by. I had the most wonderful time in primary school and I truly feel that, in conflict to my parent’s opinion, a state primary school education really helped me develop as a child. Being able to be around local children instead of having to trek to Hull to see my friends living on the other side of the city was something I took for granted. However, in my younger years I always felt I was at a disadvantage most especially in languages such as French and German. It got so bad that my mother sent a letter to my French teacher telling her to take into consideration the fact that not every child went to the independent junior school on the senior school site. Safe to say this didn’t put me in best books with my teacher however I did see a rapid improvement in my French.

This leads me to my first point. Style. If only more teachers took into account, the different levels that children are coming into senior school with. Not all children come in knowing how to count to 20 in a modern language or how to do mental maths. Starting off on an equal footing is pivotal in allowing children to explore their academic side.

Children need the encouragement to strive to succeed and that’s what makes it so important that we can all grow up together and discover ourselves through education. School and learning introduces us to different pathways that shape who we are as young people and what we can become.

So! I’m really excited to share this with people but be aware for the occasionally rant on current affairs and stereotyping (the true bug bear of my life!)

See you all soon and keep striving for success!