The main point was a realised how little the kids actually learnt, and I felt the whole student/teacher relationship was negative and confrontational, mainly coming from the teachers not giving the kids any respect.
Originally Posted by Crabbcakes
The whole education system had been ruined by polititions who have not training in education messing with the system to please the middle class voters who only value exam results and don't care a jot for students involved.
I just felt it failed everyone involved, the best outcome was for middle ablility kids who coasted throgh and got decent grades then somehow got a job or uni place and managed to make that work, but they would have done OK anyway, the really bright ones wern't challedned enough and often lost their love of learning, anyone who was differnt was branded a trouble maker and lost any chance they had of getting something out of the system (pretty much happend to me, I went back to education as a mature student). Unacademic students are made to feel failures as theit skills are not valued by the academic system.
Then my senior mentor said you have to make a choice of which to put first, your family or your career, when I was mentioning how much of my then 2 year olds life I was missing out on (I was often out before she got up and home after she was in bed, plus my placement was so far away I was staying over 2 or 3 nights a week, and working weekends planning and marking) I let him know it wasn's a choice, and quite pretty much there and then as it was clear this was the work load that was expected from now on.
Then to get a bit more 'radical' I beleive the only thing state educatiuon prepares you for is to be good little obedient worker drone, part of a system that only benifits the 10% at the top, and screws everyone else and the planet over, I don't want to be part of that system, and if my kids choose to be part of that system I want them to go into it with their eyes open. I know that is a pretty out there view point, but I never claimed to be normal
You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................