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!