Posts Tagged ‘Class’

By now, most people will be aware that I’m very passionate about education and that I have strong opinions on it. Equally, having moved in with a teacher and meeting some of her friends about how life in a school really works, I’m more worried than ever about the way our education system is headed.

This weekend I had the absolute honour at seeing one of my greatest friends get married. The wedding was beautiful, but I didn’t get through the weekend without making one or two jokes about just how middle class his wedding was. The reception was at a rather picturesque massive manor and all of his friends (not to mention the brides friends) coming from private school backgrounds. Having chatted with a few of them, they’re all engineers, doctors or getting the opportunity to travel the world having finished (for now…) their education at university before coming back and becoming teachers.

I couldn’t help but think what a fantastic and colourful background they’ve had. Part of me wanted to be angry at how well they were doing as a result of their private school background; but is it really their fault that they’ve benefitted from a system that allows private schools? No.

Today I read an interesting article about Teach First being the highest recruiter of university graduates. I’ve thought about taking on the challenge that Teach First have to offer to some depth and am extremely tempted to apply next year. Whilst reading this article, it struck me… this is quite possibly the single, most positive, thing I’ve heard in the last couple of months regarding the education sector. It’s been doom and gloom for the sector for a while now with changes, strikes, and poorly researched rhetoric for some time now.

I’m going to explain, in what is possibly my shortest ever blog, the one, so very simple, reason that this is positive. It’s giving those that have had their lives changed by education, the chance to give back and change others.

Those of you that follow my blogs will have inevitably heard me reference a phrase that I used in the first speech I gave in my time as the President of UCLan Students’ Union. “I believe in the power of education to change lives” – a phrase that, completely coincidently, is the same ethos promoted by Teach First.

At a time when I was beginning to see the light at the end of the educational tunnel fade in disastrous fashion, this little gem, this little glimmer of hope, emerged bringing that light back in all of its former glory with blazing effect.

Some of you probably think that I’m over emphasising this a bit… so I will end the metaphor game with a question.

Have you ever had your entire life revolutionarily changed by something, and wanted to give back, because you knew that it had the potential to make everything better because it constantly generated a culture of receiving into a culture of giving?

I have.

Education absolutely, unequivocally, changed my life for the better.

Edd Graham-Hyde