Education: The Thinking Man’s World

Norah Colvin, one of the first three bloggers I followed when I started, asked me to write about my school days and offer up some thoughts on the state of education now. This is the link to Norah’s post of my thoughts. Please explore her blog. It’s a treasure trove of good sense and entertainment.

As a teaser for what you’ll find there, here’s what I wrote about where education works well.

Ah me! Maple Road Primary School uniform, circa 1965

What do you think schools (in general) do well?

When they do it well they inspire lifelong learning and in my experience that comes from the spark of an individual teacher capturing a child’s imagination. They give a child tools to learn, to teach, to educate him/herself – reading and writing and, no doubt today IT skills and after that to be inquiring, not to accept what they are told is the answer but to question – the ability to frame the right question is perhaps the greatest gift a teacher can give a pupil.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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32 Responses to Education: The Thinking Man’s World

  1. Love that: “be inquiring.” And then, I’d add, learn to compile, organize, and synthesize–your thoughts, research, etc., etc. That’s still my mantra!

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  2. Darlene says:

    I so agree. I attended a small country school but I had some awesome teachers. One in particular made a huge difference. She certainly sparked my imagination and made me a life long learner.

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  3. Ritu says:

    Aw! His Geoffleship’s knobbly knees!

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  4. Violet Lentz says:

    Thanks for sharing this little window to your world!

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  5. trifflepudling says:

    Are you old enough to remember “Singing Together” on the radio? We were asked fairly recently to contribute to an article in the old skool mag about what things we enjoyed the most at junior school. I managed to send in “Sinning Together” ! Blooming corrective thingy!
    I enjoyed your reminiscences and thoughts on education.

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  6. Erika Kind says:

    Awh, how sweet! I used to admire kids in other countries for their uniforms when I was little…but when I grew older I was happy that I could wear my own style… hehe.

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  7. Elizabeth says:

    I learned a lot from this interview she posted. I didn’t realize that England had succumbed to the same nonsense about filling kids with content rather than encouraging their thinking. It has been a disaster here.

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  8. arlingwoman says:

    I agree that the goal of education should be turning out people who know how to keep learning an enjoy it.

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  9. Norah says:

    I’m pleased you shared your lovely interview and insightful responses with your readers, Geoff. There are so many gems that shouldn’t be left undiscovered. I don’t think I knew I was one of the first three. Now I feel extra honoured. Thanks for hanging out with me all these years. 🙂

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  10. willowdot21 says:

    I do agree Geoff an inquiring mind is a bonus.

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  11. Charli Mills says:

    I continue to be grateful to the sparks given by those individual teachers.

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  12. emilydragoo says:

    One of the main reasons I became a teacher! Thank you for sharing!

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  13. Thank you for sharing!!!!!!!

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