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Insanity! Why schools are failing kids

By Peter Neville Lewis, May 12 2017 10:07AM

Don’t you just love the raw honesty and directness of this frustration laden poem/appeal by a 15 yo for a more practical approach to education. It’s called....


IT’S INSANE


It’s absolutely insane,

The fact that I was taught equations

over basic First Aid.

Negative a +7 - b2 and of course,

Mitochondria is the power house of the cell.


I was never told about my human rights,

But I know the wavelengths

Of different hues of light.


We were never told how to get a job,

But we remember dissecting frogs.


I wasn’t even taught how to vote.

They used that time defining isotopes.


And they choose the solar over political systems,

And now like any typical citizen,

I don’t know what I am voting for.


Not even how to recognise mental disorders

or diseases with avertable causes.

‘Cos of course, mental math is deemed more important.


But it’s fine. At leastI can tell

you the number of unnecessary deaths

probably wasn’t prime!


Never taught how to handle bullying,

But I know tons about Shakespearean writing.


You consider me an idiot for not knowing two languages?

What about not knowing how to pay taxes?


Because apparently we get educated?

But really our childhood is wasted.

School is just a place to be tested.


By BRIANNA CHILDS (15), Chingford Foundation School


Makes you think. eh?


Pedro the Jester



2 comments
May 15 2017 11:27AM by Tony Armour

I used to argue for greater academic focus in schools but i find this article shifting my view! We rely on our parents and basic ability to self-educate for this stuff but it's optimistic for that to result in the right outcomes......

May 15 2017 05:50PM by George Knight

Does make you think about the brick in the wall. Clearly a case for General Studies that was taught in my VIth form and dealt with some of these topics like economics, politics, current affairs- though not health!

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Why The Corporate Jester?

 

Because there is always a need to “call it out”, point out the emperor’s clothes may not be quite so fancy as he thinks (or others are telling him) and boldly say what others dare not!

 

The role of court jester was well known centuries ago and they had the licence to attack pomposity or stupidity in their betters without fear of retribution. (Well nearly!) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have a fool who is the commentator on human foibles – the most famous probably being in King Lear, the architect of his own downfall through his wilfulness.  Familiar?

 

May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse?  (Fool – King Lear, Act 1 scene 4)