Sunday 26 June 2011

Quote of The Week #61

I've no interest in schools. They have no relevance in the 21st century. They were a Victorian idea to get kids off the street. Who decided that putting 30 kids with only their age in common in a classroom with one teacher was the best way of educating? At my school there were 52 kids in the class and all I learned was how to pass the 11-plus. Testing is the death of education. Kids should leave school at 11 and go to work. Not down the mines or up chimneys, mind, but working with computers or something relevant. Everything I learned after 11 was a waste of time. Trigonometry, Boyle's law: it's never been of any use to me. They should have been teaching me the life skills I was going to need, such as building relationships, parenting and managing money. I didn't have a clue about any of these things at 18. Schools need to change.

Terry Deary

1 comment:

Minnie said...

This stream of thinking is very interesting, and I'm inclined to think it's mostly right. But I actually will be using the trigonometry I learned when I go to college, and I had no idea what I'd do for a living after 11, so learning trig just happened to help me, so it's not all bad, those subjects you have to learn, not for everyone. But for a lot of people it is an utter waste of time, and they shouldn't have to do it, and...It's all very complicated. I started watching Waiting for Superman last week. I still haven't finished it, but...yeah.