Ticking Outside of the Box
Education is a very different word to schooling; your education never ends. However, from the moment you enter the schooling system, you are thrown into a world of tick boxing. Teachers, politicians, parents and peers often serve as constant reminders of the need for getting the right grades, joining the right clubs and generally becoming, on paper, a well- rounded person. And while you may be extremely impressive on a Word document, that won't be a true measure of who you are as a person. You need to find what makes you happy, find a passion, even if it means ignoring society's checklist.
A couple of years ago, upon entering the final term of my GCSE year, we received a surprise assembly from our then Head of Academic. We were nearing the few weeks of exam leave where it all suddenly becomes very real that our exams were just around the corner. He first lectured us on a few ways to do last minute revision, and then moved on to how much time we should be spending a day on revision. Even then it seemed odd to me to tell 150 students of ages 15 and 16 to forget about free time and spend 8 hours a day revising. Obviously, the exams were extremely important, but what kind of wider lesson did that teach us? That member of staff was not around for long and was even renowned for being a bit overzealous when it came to preparing for exams. He ended the talk by telling us that our lives would be decided by the results of our exams.
Max T. (17)
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