Last night I was watching a new program called Educating Cardiff. It’s a real life documentary where secret cameras are placed around a secondary school in Wales and the pupils and teachers give us insights into modern world education in the UK.
It’s brilliant. The teachers are inspiring and have genuine concern for their charges. The kids (for the most part) are bright, funny and anxious to achieve. The ‘trouble-makers’ are given hard choices and punishment but also lots of encouragement to succeed. Some are obviously beyond help but we also learn why that may be. *Hint: It’s usually the parents.*
One thing did upset me though. The Head Teacher expressed a very firm opinion about the necessity to conform.
Conformity – compliance with standards, rules, or laws.
All well and good, BUT…
I’m a conformist to a certain extent (I obey almost 50% of laws anyway …). But I’m also a bit of a rebel. I’ll sometimes use a comma instead of a full-stop for example. Bit of a rebel without a clause …
But I hope at least some of these kids retain a bit of ‘punk’ attitude. Otherwise laws will never change, fashion will stay the same. No great books or music will be written.
I may well die of boredom.
Fight with me readers. Do something daring today. Don’t let conformity drag you down.
You may well stay out of trouble, but you won’t get invited to any of my dinner parties …