Matt’s Take: The British Education System and Why I Disagree With It

Hi readers.
This post isn’t going to be like my usual content, I’m not going to attempt to joke about anything because I think the topic itself is a joke. I feel strongly about this topic and I’m going to do my best to explain why.

Okay, so there’s many problems with pretty much every education system in the world but, today, I want to focus on the British Education System because that’s the one I know and have experienced first hand.

For those who don’t know, the Education System in Britain is divided up into 5 Key Stages as part of the National Curriculum; Key stage 1 is between the ages of 5-7 years, Key Stage 2 is 8-11 years old, Key Stage 3 is 12-14 years old, Key Stage 4 is 15-16 years old and Key Stage 5 is 17-18 years old.

With the exception of Key Stage 5, all of those years are compulsory for all children living in the United Kingdom, however I should point out that those living in Northern Ireland have a different Curriculum to those living in England and Wales. However Scotland has no statutory curriculum as such, instead it has guidelines for the education of it’s pupils at different stages that are monitored by HM Inspectors.
England and Wales share the same National Curriculum that was introduced in 1988. This is a curriculum that all state schools within England and Wales must follow as a framework for their education, however, independent schools need not follow this curriculum, so long as they can show they provide a well rounded system of education, that is inspected every few years.
I’ll leave links for more info on the various Curriculum throughout the UK at the end of this post, or it will get far too long if I go into exquisite detail.

Now that’s the basic structure but now let’s go into the important part of it all. What are we taught?
And just to clarify, I’m not going to be talking about Maths, English or Science in this post, this is more about the way the education system attempts to mould it’s upcoming generations in a way that they see fit.
So here’s my biggest issue with the British Education System, it tries to teach all of us to conform to what our current society expects from us rather than to look at the world and decide for ourselves what we think we should do. It teaches us to choose a life that society wants us to live instead of how we want to.
All those little silly things in school that you pay no attention to because you think that’s just how things should be, like school uniforms, raising your hand to speak, don’t talk when the teacher’s talking, and don’t answer back etc. All those things are telling us to look a certain way, act a certain way and speak a certain way.
There is no freedom.
I also would like to make the point that our country is so hypocritical. How dare this country claim to be striving for equality when teachers and pupils are not given the same rights in school, why must it be that the pupil must listen to the teacher but the teacher has the choice. Some teachers are brilliant, this is not an attack on them. Some will listen to their students and acknowledge that we can have an opinion and we can make observations on the way they teach, what they teach and whether we agree with what they teach. However some teachers are terrible, they ignore their students, are ignorant to the fact that we are equal to them and have severe issues with pupils even attempting to put forward opinions that differ from their own.
We’re not taught to do what we think is right in school, we’re taught to do what society thinks is right. We’re living in a world where people work their arses off because that’s what everyone expects from them. I’m not saying that people don’t work because they want to because some people do. But some just work in a job they hate because that’s what they’ve been programmed to do. I think the question we need to be asking about anything and everything is, Why?
That is the key question, you know how kids of a very young age will always question every answer you give with why? Well that’s what adults need to do too. If we did that, I guarantee the majority of people would realise how the world teaches us not to be happy but instead to do all these other things to try and achieve happiness.
I used to ‘want’ to be a teacher, I was adamant that was my dream job and that, that was what would make me happy in this life. Then I went to college. You know what happened? I was utterly destroyed, I was dragged down to the darkest depths of despair and I was damaged, broken and shattered. I was miserable, and I found myself questioning why I was there at all. I had a moment where I thought, “Is this what I want to do?” and the answer was no. The illusion that I had created of wanting to go into a career of teaching was ripped from in front of my eyes and I saw what I really wanted. I rediscovered my 10 year old self who would sit in class, looking out the window, dreaming of writing for the rest of his days and I felt the weight of the world leave my shoulders.
It was such an important moment that changed how I viewed the world, it took some time but because of that realisation I’m happy. There’s genuinely not a day that goes by where I don’t smile at least once.
I loved school, I really did but looking back on it now I see the flaws, the constraints that are placed on our future generations and the fact that our world cannot change for the better while this system is in place.
I realise this opinion is controversial and may not be the most popular but it’s what I believe and that is something worth more than anything. Having your own beliefs.

Thanks for reading, I’m sorry if I bored you with this, normal service will resume soon.

Info on the British Education System: http://www.hmc.org.uk/about-hmc/projects/the-british-education-system/
Info on Scotland’s System: http://www.gtcs.org.uk/education-in-scotland/scotlands-education-system.aspx

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Matt’s Take: The Camera

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, robots and cyborgs, Androids and Super Saiyans, welcome to another edition of Matt’s Take.
Today I will be giving you my take on, perhaps, the greatest invention that has ever come to exist; the camera *insert excited oohs and ahhs here*
THE CAMERA is without doubt a magnificent achievement by humanity and is one of the most misused and underappreciated gadgets ever.
Let me add some perspective to this point; the camera is a device that allows you to capture moments in time. Let me just type that again; let’s you CAPTURE MOMENTS IN TIME!!!
MY GOD DO YOU NOT REALISE HOW AMAZINGLY AWESOME THAT IS?! A camera, regardless of quality or price let’s you take a moment in your life and immortalise it, forever. It’s just there now, for you to look back on whenever you want and you can relive those memories and physically hold them in your hands. SERIOUSLY! HOW FUCKING COOL IS THAT?!
AND NOW ONTO THE MISUSE! Why do people seem to be incapable of taking a natural photo of the people around them? Why must photos always be posed? Is your life posed and planned into the ‘perfect’ angle and lighting? No. So why must photos be like that?
AND WHY ARE PEOPLE TRYING TO BE DUCKS?! WHY IS THAT A THING?! JESUS YOU’D THINK OUR GENERATION IS FULL OF IDIO-oh right, it is full of idiots, man our generation really is quite stupid, I mean obviously there are plenty of intelligent, nice, decent humans but have you seen the morons that walk around lately? Most of them are on TV now! But I’m getting off topic.
My point is that humans have a way of taking something absolutely, unbelievably awesome and using it for the most stupid and ridiculous reasons.
I just think every once in awhile that people just need to take a minute and look at the camera they hold in their hand and just think, “HOLY SHIT, I’M BASICALLY HOLDING A TARDIS IN MY HAND RIGHT NOW!”
So yeah, appreciate your mini TARDIS’ people, this has been Matt’s Take.
Thank you for reading.

A Change Occurring In The Series ‘Matt’s Take’

Some of you may have noticed I recently started a series called, ‘Matt’s Take’.
Yesterday, I posted the second post of the series and it was very different from the first and the reason for that is I wanted to have a mix of short and snappy posts that got straight to the point and were hopefully mildly amusing in a lazy sort of way but I also want there to be a lot more like the first post which was much longer but also involves me going off on a tangent to try and delve further into the comedy aspect of writing.
The lazy, shorter posts will most likely be more frequent than the longer thought out posts but I still think they’re worth reading.
As always, thank you for reading.

Matt’s Take: Adverts

HELLO Bloggers, readers, aliens from faraway galaxies, looking for information on the Planet Earth, who happened to stumble on this blog!

I have returned, yet again, from months of neglecting this blog and have decided to start a new ‘series’ of posts that will bear the title of ‘Matt’s Take’ and today is the first of those posts.

A small explanation for these posts is that I will find something that either amuses or annoys me and I will basically rant (maybe comically, who knows? I don’t; can I be funny? Is that possible? I’m not sure, what do you think? Oh, you can’t reply because this isn’t an actual conversation? Have I taken this too far? Should I close the brackets now? Meh, I suppose so) for all you morons- I mean all you lovely people who choose to read these posts I write here.

SOOOOO, without further ado, delay or attempts at being funny (I can’t promise that last one) here is the first of ‘Matt’s Take’ which is about Adverts.

Now, adverts are a weird thing; some are quite normal and promote the product they’re trying to sell quite well but some are just kind of, out there. They try to sell a product with explosions or unexplained things that have nothing to do with the actual product. I find that weird. Effective but weird.

One advert or rather series of adverts that amuse me are the Vanish adverts, that try and promote said brand of washing powder. The reason they amuse me is not because of anything weird in terms of advertising but because of the location in which the advertising takes place.

I’ll leave a link of one of them to better explain what I mean but basically what makes me laugh is that fact that no-one questions how a complete stranger somehow manages to get into their house with a massive box of suspicious looking white powder. In fact, rather than question the mysterious lady, they welcome her with open arms and show her all the stains in their home and expect her to do something about it.

In my head the scenario that gets conjured up is that the ‘Vanish’ lady is actually part of some kind of mob and the white powder is actually cocaine that she’s been asked by her boss to make ‘Vanish’ but when the police catch on to her trail she hides in the nearest house she can find, but is caught by a lone mother and child; at which point she needs to come up with a believable story that will keep her out of trouble. ‘What shall I do?’ She thinks to herself, ‘I could knock both the mother and child out and make my escape but adding assault onto drug charges will only complicate things further’ She struggles helplessly, racking her brain for some kind of cover up and then, in the corner of her eye she spots the kitchen! And in the kitchen, upon a counter, lies a box of supermarket own brand washing powder AND upon the living room floor lies a red wine stain from a wonderful night of passion the lone mother had spent with a Spanish wrestler named Juan. The mysterious lady then has a Eureka! moment, ‘I’ll pretend the coke is a powder that can remove stains!’ she could barely contain her excitement at her own genius.

She proceeds to advertise her newly invented product, sprinkling some of the ‘washing powder’ on the red wine stain and to her surprise it actually does the job! ‘Man, I should tell the boss we have a new potential market for our cocaine’ she thought to herself, as the lone mother rushes over, mouth agape, and hugs the stranger in her home with tears in her eyes and whispers gently in her ear, ‘Thank you’ The lone mother then begins to unbutton her dre- WAIT A MINUTE! I think I’m starting to get a bit carried away here.

ANYWAY, the advert makes me laugh. I think I’ll leave this one there, I might accidentally turn my attempt at comedy into erotica at this rate. However I’ll leave the link for that advert below, I recommend you watch it after reading my little ‘scenario’ and have yourself a potential giggle.

I’ll see ya later readers