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hi, I am a mature student studying for a degree in early childhood studies, i start at warwick campus in 2010 if i make it through my second year! All this is new to me, previously worked as a composite engineer, I left school with a couple of qualifications and never imagined that i would be working towards completing a degree! The formalities out the way i am funloving, i like to go out socialising with friends, i like meetin new people too, I can't describe myself in just one word and i think i would run out of characters if i did try! heinze 57 as me dad would say ;-). so yeah you will read good things, bad things, confusing things, informative things all on this here little blog. I must confess now though i am not the greatest at keeping on top of blogs xx peace out guys v

Monday, 9 November 2009

alternative schooling

hi all ,
long time no blog Eeek! sorry, haha but i did warn you! anyway just checked out a link i found about TAS the alternative school, i got another link to a bloke called stewart townsend, he has done a video about "bunking off" this was made with the hellp of the guys and girl from TAS this is the link to the video http://vimeo.com/2541500 its worth a watch an i hate to admit it but it made me really sad, having the knowledge that our future generations are experiencing these kind of thoughts on a daily basis. Our so-called education system is supposed to be inclusive - for everyone but watching this brings the harsh reality of it all, it isnt! its not inclusive and unless something drastic is done to change this fact it never will be, i know the argument on the other side is that well there have always been people / children who have been non-conforming or wayward but its our duty as a society to ensure that ALL these children get a good start in life, isnt that why we have the Children Act? Childrens Rights and so on?! it makes me so mad to think of all them children out there who have been cast aside because they dont fit in to the mold that is formed by the governing system of britain! the very people who are supposed to be makin good are at the same time creating bad, i agree with what Brian says, our education system is like a car factory production line any dodgey or faulty parts are pushed to the waste basket never to be touched again unless its to throw them out completely. I know that some ofsted reports are daming to alternative schools , but like what is said by Mr townsend "Schooling, despite the concentration on curriculum and assessment reform in recent years, largely still hasn't tackled the main issue: meaningless (to young people) pedagogy. The government who are supposed to be managing change are not doing so, this links in with the so called independant inspections, ofsted, the more i look into it and find more out about polotics the more i feel this countries government is corrupt and that is just on the education front, never mind taxes and bills!! the same people (government ) who are supposidly making a change for the better for our young children are also kicking aside the children who need help the most by making such tight deadlines that the teachers dont have the time to help the children who are struggling, what kind of education is that? in making the education inclusive with one hand they are at the same time making it exclusive. this does not even take into account private schools or church schools this is our state school system doing this and i damn sure that if my daughter ever struggled at school and was excluded by the system i would not be best pleased! what are the government going to do to help those children who are rejected? they have policy after policy in supposidly solving one problem they create another! to solve that problem they make another policy, such as sure start, if the problem which creates these problems could be delt with @ source surely the money spent on sure start education places could be pumped back into mainstream schools to keep these children in instead of isolating them and moving them away, which in turn creates the "us and them" scenario, which if exposed to constantly (secondary socliasation) will eventually to the extreme create a dehumanized human, why should they bother with society when society wont bother with them..... food for thought right am offski
peace out guys v

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