•February 6, 2012 • Leave a Comment
TT Closer to the Edge
Just because your breathing doesn’t mean you are alive, a statement of an adrenalin junkie or a motto to live your life by?
If you’re not living on the edge your taking up too much room, a clever song lyric or a motto to live your life by?
They push themselves to the limit, they risk death, and the majority of the population people don’t understand why. I would never claim I was pushing boundaries, risking it, but I understand that drive that pushes you to try. Those that are pushing the limits who are risking death regularly, argue that firstly whether or not they are risking themselves, they don’t believe they are risking it, they are simply improving themselves. They would say it was stupid to be attempting something that was way out of your skill zone.
Secondly and perhaps more interestingly life becomes a lot more simple, would you want to die with someone hating you, or not having done something you wished you should have done. I saw a video of a man who dedicated his life to climbing living in the desert making money repairing climbing shoes, and just climbing. He has the right idea, he does not pander to social norms or worry about being anyone elses ‘bitch’.
Maybe we should all start to remember this more often, maybe we should be braver, sort that argument, or do that thing you have meant too. A lyric I try to live by along a similar vein is ‘don’t let the sun set on an argument’. Maybe we need to just get on with it because if you think about it, you are much more likely to die being run over by a car that extreme sport.
•January 31, 2012 • 2 Comments
Wow second post on something vaguely political. So shock horror some genius has come up with a shocking conclusion, that the majority of good schools are good due to the social classes they intake from. So no surprise that if you come from a middle class family with 2 university educated parents you are more likely to get ‘good’ results. Generally anyway. Furthermore the report claimed that schools are able to affect less than 10% of a child’s potential, whilst I agree with this I question whether schools are just grade creating factories. In 1880 when the education for all act was introduced it was due to the idea that ‘if we teach people to read and write they will become better citizens’.
Informal education and more specifically Outdoor education has been hailed as the best way to teach people to be better citizens and to be socially inclusive, part of the reason for this I believe is fear or challenge, by putting people into challenging situations in unknown environments we bring people to forget their differences and focus on the task in hand. When these tasks cause people to work together, they have no options but to get on with it.
Good citizens while trying not to put a too generic slant on it are those who, when walking down the street would help an old lady cross the street or pick up groceries from a split bag, by encouraging people to help each other and by instructors giving positive feedback and giving help with in a outdoor educational scenario, these participants may just feel obliged to return the favor next time they see that generic situation.
‘That bell is for me not for you’, ‘I have already been to uni and got my qualifications’ both I’m sure are quotes you will remember your teachers saying to you. However if you are constantly told what to do and how to do it by someone who regularly explains how much better they are than you, especially if that someone is telling (teaching) you something you don’t want to know then eventually anyone will rebel. It amazes me that so many people champion the idea of the nation curriculum when a chap sat in an office in Whitehall is deciding what children, multiple generations and hundreds of miles away will be learning about.
By empowering children giving them the choices they are much more likely to buy into doing the work. This could never work with formal education, teachers create this façade of being better than the children one tier above them in the hierarchy, this means that the majority of children could never have a chat to teachers about their life, or their concerns with what they are learning resulting in there being a lack of drive from those children to achieve or succeed.
I know I am slightly biased but it seems to me the theoretical underpinning of the whole education system is one based on discipline and in effect main stream schooling tries to uniform every student. I don’t think this article is going to win me very many friends in the education world and this isn’t just an attack on teachers, maybe I have presented things in a much darker way than they already are but I hope this article just makes you think and ponder what I have written.
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•January 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment
Meet Joe, Joe is a 16 years old boy who dropped out of school, he gained no qualifications, he lives in a low socio-economic area, has a dysfunctional family life, which regularly means he sleeps on the streets, he is regularly in trouble with the police and has never worked.
And meet Joanna. Joanna is 23 and has 12 gcse’s, 5 A Level’s, a BA (Hons) degree as well as a PHD. Joanna left/ was sacked from her well paid city job 6 months ago and hasn’t returned to work.
Rather different characters I’m sure you will agree. However both Joanna and Joe are both classified as NEET. Not in education, employment, or training. Both may be targeted by their local authority in exactly the same way. Whilst I understand that it is far too expensive and time-consuming to evaluate every case individually, I do believe that there is far too much ‘lets classify people on such a wide set of standards’. It starts to become questionable whether by increasing the standards more and more the whole of the population becomes classified.
I make no apologies for the use of ‘classifying’ perhaps this is the only way that it will be understood that putting a label on someone is in my eyes unlikely to help.
Update: It seems thankfully I am not the only one to be thinking this the IOE released a report entitled Tackling NEETs to quote one section ‘This report attempts to make the case for a more imaginative, supportive and personalised approach to the NEET problem’