"I don't think that being a strong person is about ignoring your emotions and fighting your feelings. Putting on a brave face doesn't mean you're a brave person. That's why everybody in my life knows everything that I'm going through. I can't hide anything from them. People need to realise that being open isn't the same as being weak."

- Taylor Swift

Thursday, May 03, 2012


Now Playing: 'Death and All His Friends/The Escapist' by Coldplay

I would love to create a school, one day. An academically selective school, but one based on Ken Robinsons views on a need to 'change the paradigm' and encourage 'educational revolution'. I would accept children as young as two or three years old, if they had the ability, but some might not start schooling until eight or ten. For 'primary school' the students will be exposed to all areas of learning - sport, science, arts, humanities and so on - equally, without bias or the notion that one is more important than the other. Children would be grouped purely by ability and aptitude for a particular subject. When a student reached a level we would associate with the start of high school, a few areas of interest and ability will be selected and pursued at a higher level, whilst other subjects are taught purely for application; maths, for example, would be taught with the relevance and application to daily life in mind, as opposed to abstract and complexity that would confuse a child without the inclination. Then when the student reaches the final two years of schooling those subjects will be dropped entirely and only a few subjects will be pursued into a level far beyond what we would associate with high school. There would be no set age for graduating - some might graduate in early teens, others at twenty or later.

It's whimsical and idealistic, I know. But I would have loved school to be like that.

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