Schools are out of step with real life

York Press: . .

EDUCATION Secretary Michael Gove recently castigated Simon Cowell for his negative attitude to his school days, but many children hate school.

Perhaps Gove should look at what our schools are doing these days. Our education system is out of step with real life and needs a revolution to unleash children’s talents and be exciting, inspirational and more individual. We are killing creativity and stifling minds for government league tables. The soul is as important as the brain.

Why do we highly praise someone who is born accidentally with so-called “intelligence” and finds learning easy, but not someone who has to work really hard for their results? Why should a university degree be more worthy when so much in life is enriched by artists, dancers, sports persons, writers, photographers, singers, musicians and actors?

A friend of mine left school at 15 and was asked if he thought that this had hindered him. “Oh yes, it did tremendously” he said. “I should have left at ten and I would have been far more successful”.

He happens to be one of the most successful, richest and influential people in the country and didn’t come out of university with a £53,000 debt.

Keith Massey, Mill Lane, York.

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12:13pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Stevie D says...

Unfortunately for the kids of today, Michael Gove has no soul at all, and doesn't put any value on arts of any form, so schools are being forced down the route of teaching more academic subjects in a dry and boring way, which is devastating to the huge number of kids out there who don't thrive on this kind of academic approach and whose talents lie in the arts and practical subjects.

Unfortunately until Gove is removed from Education, it's only going to get worse and worse.
Unfortunately for the kids of today, Michael Gove has no soul at all, and doesn't put any value on arts of any form, so schools are being forced down the route of teaching more academic subjects in a dry and boring way, which is devastating to the huge number of kids out there who don't thrive on this kind of academic approach and whose talents lie in the arts and practical subjects. Unfortunately until Gove is removed from Education, it's only going to get worse and worse. Stevie D
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3:43pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Firedrake says...

Despite having been professionally involved with education one way or another for about forty years, I am inclined to agree with much of what Mr Massey has to say. My father (also a professional educationalist) used to claim that the fundamental problem with schools is that they are just plain unnatural! We are simply not designed to spend a decade or so cooped up in small rooms being talked at.

Unfortunately, our society is now so complex, and family structures so diffuse, time-poor and cash-dependant, that radical alternatives - such as (to quote a literary friend of mine) "letting kids loose to build cathedrals or plough fields with their heads" is no longer an option.

More's the pity!
Despite having been professionally involved with education one way or another for about forty years, I am inclined to agree with much of what Mr Massey has to say. My father (also a professional educationalist) used to claim that the fundamental problem with schools is that they are just plain unnatural! We are simply not designed to spend a decade or so cooped up in small rooms being talked at. Unfortunately, our society is now so complex, and family structures so diffuse, time-poor and cash-dependant, that radical alternatives - such as (to quote a literary friend of mine) "letting kids loose to build cathedrals or plough fields with their heads" is no longer an option. More's the pity! Firedrake
  • Score: 3

8:00pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Thecynic says...

You missed out Hairdresser. They can get MBE's these days!
You missed out Hairdresser. They can get MBE's these days! Thecynic
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