Tragic, But Not Unexpected

Here are two articles that highlight some of the most tragic consequences of the inertia and failure of relevance in school education today.

BBC Article – UK
French Article

Sometimes there has to be an ability to gt some distance from an issue to see it holistically. It is also vitally important to learn from others experiences if there’s even the slightest chance that they point towards a future that nobody would want to see.

Here we have French teachers believing that classroom violence is because of a lack of staff in schools. If we just had more staff we could ‘control’ the situation in the classrooms. How can anything of real value be learned in an environment that is sustained through ‘control’ and survival? How can this lead to children growing up with a healthy, positive attitude to learning?

The UK teachers want to just believe that if they learn self defence they can maintain something like ‘control’ in their classrooms and schools.

I firmly believe that neither are the answers. Schools exist as a microcosm of the society in which they operate to some degree. Educators can’t necessarily right all the wrongs of society. However, what they can do is make the experiences in schools humanistic, relevant and meaningful in ways that actually give youngsters a sense of ownership, a recognition of why they should want to spend time in that place and what it can offer them.

Is it all too much to hope for, or are we all too locked in to ‘the game’? Also, how long might it take before similar debates start to take place in the corridors of Indian schools. How long can we rely on ‘family values’, Indian cultural respect for elders etc. to prevent our schools turning inexorably in the same direction?

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