Educational perspectives

I have been wanting for a while to compile in a single cover my main blog postings concerning education. Education is one of my life’s passions and I am of the view that to be educated is a noble pursuit, as is being an educator. Teaching in secondary school was my first job and at the outset of my working life that was what I wanted to do. Circumstances meant it didn’t quite go as planned but even outside of school teaching, I have found many opportunities to teach and still do. I am proud to hold three degrees and have one first degree in the sciences and one in the arts. I take my inspiration in part from one Dr. Samuel Johnson, who considered it good to aspire to be a “man of letters” and be able to master a whole range of subjects. I fear our education system is too much about passing exams and being trained to do a job. I believe education should have social, practical, aesthetic, physical and spiritual aspects as well as merely academic and is something we should be attending to throughout our life. I also believe that those being taught should be taught pertinent facts and given the equipment to interpret those facts void of indoctrination. While education doesn’t make one wise, done properly it goes a long way.

I have included the list of date stamped click onable titles of education related posts, starting from the newest and ending with the oldest. There is a bias toward addressing that which relates to schools as that especially interests me, but I recognize a lot of education takes place outside of schools. Inevitably there is a good deal of repetition and development of thought in my writings as I reflect on educational issues, some of which relate to other pet subjects: truth, culture wars and social justice. There are a lot of (my) opinions expressed but I have tried to make these based on facts and the views of others. Rather than reproduce facts, a lot of which is in the public domain, I have referred to that which is found on the Internet via hyperlinks. I fear our children are not always given the best deal and as a society we don’t value education enough. I continue to be an avid reader on a plethora of subjects and taking in a range of views and urge others to do the same. I hope the insights offered here will prove helpful.

Last updated 14/10/17

14/10/17 Home schooling

18/09/17 What mainstream media fails to report

20/08/17 An open letter to the BBC re. biased reporting

22/06/17 The 11 Plus and Southend revisited

13/04/17 Faith Schools

10/03/17 Sex and relationship education

08/11/16 Faith and Belief day

19/09/16 Sex education in schools

24/04/16 Train up a child in the way he should go

06/02/16 Of making many books (1)

08/01/16 School exams and Ramadam

19/12/15 Regulating young people’s activities

26/11/15 Including humanism in school RE lessons

21/11/15 Don’t take feminism out of politics A Levels

16/10/15 Southend’s grammar school places

20/08/15 Recommending books to read

04/08/15 11-plus update

29/06/15 Magic, chemistry and books

23/01/15 School Funding Crisis

18/12/14 Southend’s inadequate schools

03/11/14 Faith schools

09/09/14 My ten best books

19/08/14 GCSEs – waiting is almost over

03/08/14 Knowledge is Power

03/07/14 Creation versus evolution

02/07/14 The scientific method

25/06/14 The point of education

14/06/14 From SATs and 11-plus to GCSE

28/05/14 To Kill a Mockingbird

27/04/14 Poetry please

22/02/14 Hello World!

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