Sunday, 6 March 2011

School Closures

AnElephantCant understand politics
When it means that they’re closing down schools
He isn’t too bright
But he thinks that this might
Be a good time to think over the rules

When children are young they learn quickly
They don’t dip in a toe they just plunge
They hear Mummy talk
They see Daddy walk
They soak it all up like a sponge

A century ago it was realised
By Montessori and Adler et al
A child can learn better
The younger you get her
Or him it is quite fundamental

AnElephant has got this suggestion
Which you may think is somewhat loony
Let’s develop these tools
Keep open the schools
With the cash saved by closing the Unis

We’ll teach primary kids nuclear physics
And Mandarin Latin and French
If it all goes as planned
Their brains will expand
Their thirst for knowledge will never be quenched

The colleges will be sold to buy play dough
And we will have to retrain all the workers
Predict what they’ll want
But why not Holyrood - or maybe the Circus?

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Bertrand Russell said: "After pupils have left school they will be incapable .. of thinking or acting otherwise than their schoolmasters would have wished."

Old Jesuit saying: "Give me a child..... until he is seven, and I will give you the man”

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