Posted on September 7, 2011
As I mentioned in my last post, I am currently having real issues with certain people who ‘run’ my school. Sadly, their views on life differ greatly to mine… Well, to cut a long story short (who ever came up with that saying anyway?) in an email to a person at my school (my emails are currently monitored) I was blunt with those who read my emails… Those people with whom I share an extraordinarily different philosophy.
“- To the people reading this (whoever you may be, wherever you may be) – one day you might realise, that in the grand scheme of things, money, grades, qualifications, possessions, social “stature”, being fake and jumping through hoops to get to places of material wealth… All this is bullshit. What really matters is whether you can die and know that you lived every moment of your life for others, to make sure that they have love, and happiness, mercy, and understanding, compassion, and support, not to mention loyalty, in their lives. (Name of my school) has a “caring community”? No it doesn’t. It is just fortunate enough to have a few teachers, like (name of a teacher), who actually give two monkeys about anything more than simply attainment and statistics. And no, please don’t ‘pull me up’ on this, as you shouldn’t be judging me based on information which I say in private emails. Also (as I know that you are reading this), try thinking about your staff too… As I can tell you quite categorically, that the human beings I see every day, who provide education, and inspiration, to the future of our world, are just as unhappy nowadays as the pupils are. God almighty. These are people. How dare you make fellow human beings unhappy. NOBODY has the right to do that. – “
Needless to say, this little speech has landed me in a spot of bother. It would appear that the feathers of The Man have been ruffled… I face the music tomorrow when I am back in school after attending a few Open Days. (Which, by the way, were awesome. To the University of Glasgow’s Psychology Department – you guys rock. Seriously.)
There is a rather ironic element of juxtaposition there – the pains of the current education system, and establishment, of which I am apart. (A system which totally misses the whole point of what education is truly about). Followed by a wonderful example of what real education is – the pursuit of knowledge and of nobility, the means to creating a more free and a more democratic world, and an ability to serve thy fellow man with honour and love, for our lifetimes, and to ensure that generations who follow us do so in the knowledge that we, their predecessors, their ancestors, left the world into which we came, a much better place than when we arrived.
Is that really too much to ask?
Alas, if my days are genuinely numbered at my school, I will just turn to Springsteen, who – whilst he isn’t the answer to everything* – is nearly the answer to everything, and a song lyric from “No Surrender”, from his 1984 classic hit, “Born In the U.S.A.”;
“We learned more from a three minute record, baby, than we ever learned in school”.
*A nod to a man for whom I have a great amount of respect.