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Cole Parker

What's important, after all? Education, or conformity?

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I had a very good headmaster, Mr Wright, at the school I went to, an English Secondary Modern. That was the level of school for those who were expected to end up doing shop floor work in the factories. One day, he told me that the job of the school was not to teach us things, but to teach us how to learn. He ran the school on that principle. I know a number of the boys from my class (all of whom finished in school at 15) went on to get degrees or professional qualifications. Some, in multiple subjects. Increasingly, over the years I have thought that Mr Wright had been correct in his idea. I see too many youngsters these days, who have a wealth of facts that have been drummed into them, but very little ability to make use of those facts or to learn from the information that is available to them.

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