At my most idealistic, I feel that education can be a great way to challenge the status quo.
That’s what I truly believe and part of why I have stayed. As a class teacher I challenge my students to question things – even things that I have taught them. As a school leader, I routinely ask those I work with in all capacities “Why?”
This blog is a space for me to ask questions as well as a space to explore answers. Sadly, I it feels to me that debate in public spaces, including schools, is increasingly seen as a dangerous thing unless confined to safe topics.
Yesterday there was a Europe-wide 1 minute silence as a sign of solidarity for the victims of the Paris bombings. During the time I and my and my Year 9 students were contemplating the (undoubtedly terrible) events I thought about a number of things. The following questions popped into my head in precisely this order
- Why do some victims elicit our sympathy?
- Why do others receive pity rather than empathy?
- Why do some barely register at all?
Then finally I spent the day with the, for me, haunting question… are there hierarchies of grief and in schools do we unwittingly perpetuate them?