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Abolish the SEA - get rid of the competition and elitism.
Collective Contribution by Veronica Collens
We have all been educated or put our children through education and some of you have or do teach, so we may not be experts but we do have experience(s) that we can draw on.
In coming with some thoughts maybe if each of us were to ask ourselves four questions whether as a student, parent or teacher (or a combination) we could get a general consensus and, because we are not experts, use the phrase from our experience.
The questions (as a student, parent or teacher):
I cannot speak from an academic position. I did not pass the 11+ and had to leave secondary school (in England) at age 16 and go to work to assist with the family income.
Having said that I have to say that (way back then) my limited education covered quite a bit of ground even with a small vocabulary. I was given the opportunity to learn and enjoy many subjects from Shakespeare to shorthand and typing! I was also given the tools to find out what I didnt know on leaving school. I am still working on it! However, it was just post-war and we had 50 pupils in a class because schools and teachers had been lost.
I think its important to note that we are not alone in going through an education crisis. In the UK right now there would seem to be enormous problems with the system. For example there is a super headmaster in Birmingham who has introduced isolation rooms for badly behaved pupils - they get locked in the cooler. Tony Blair even got him knighted (Sir Dexter Hutt) but Im not sure if that was before or after his cool idea. Birmingham is very much a multi racial/immigrant society. Alabama revisited?
My suggestions come from my experiences of being the Mum of a young person who went to school in Trinidad from scratch in (1984) to scratch out (1995). I think primary school should be the major focus. This is where young people get turned on or off learning.
Some Simple Suggestions
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