Tagged: learning

Teachers, Exams and Riots

Revising for exams now, not much time to write so I put in a couple of links instead.

Although on the subject of exams, it’s probably a good time to fit in a quote during my hours of totally-revising-and-not-procrastinating: 

“When students cheat on exams it’s because our school system values grades more than students value learning.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson

http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/may/11/secret-teacher-teaching-climate-fear-ofsted

I would say that this is quite relevant to the UK, and that the education system is now just Michael Gove’s (minister for education – in case you didn’t know) plaything.

There is a reason why the UK is in downturn, and it will continue in the future. The youth are being disregarded, even though we are the country’s future. Whilst David Cameron is making statements like this, proving that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13173505

The obvious disregard for anyone else other than his rich bum-chums is blatant, even for a 16 year old. How is it that the corrupt politicians get away with a scolding when they are obviously lining their own pockets; the bankers only lose their knighthoods after crippling the financial system and ruining people’s way of life, yet those who retaliate (london riots, anyone?) are immediately locked up and silenced? It’s pretty pathetic when the only voice some people have is mindless violence. Oh, don’t forget the sacrifices Cameron made during the riots: he had to cut his luxury holiday to Italy short. 

“They were careless people… they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

– Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, The Great Gastby

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