Bright Kids Can Win Despite Their Parents

May 22, 2016 3:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Two events occurred in the last few weeks, juxtaposed events that speak volumes. Firstly a teenager I know was invited to spend a week or so teaching in Africa. Other teens had described to me their disbelief when they had, on their first visit, seen how several family members would share one uniform, getting a day or a half day’s learning a week. Often they walked miles to and from school, so highly prized is education.

The second thing that happened was a newspaper trumpeted the success of a father winning his battle to extend his child’s holiday into term-time in order to get cheaper travel. This ‘good news’ was duly passed around Facebook as as a ‘Yippee’ ruling. How little some people value education in the UK, and how wonderful if children’s social media such as First News could make children themselves aware of the importance of education and learning. Then they might be able to overrule misguided parents.

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This post was written by Alonah Reading Cambridge

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