Jack Foden is an A-level student at Warwick School, who, is hoping to study English Literature at university. He is a keen writer in his spare time and is exploring the prospects of journalism, writing particularly for a younger audience, and interested by education and environmentalism.
In the months following examinations, and the days leading up to that ominous 23 of August, entitled ‘Results Day’, there seems to be a constant reminder that GCSEs ‘mean nothing’ in the greater scheme of things by those at university or finishing their A-levels.
The current education system, under the impression the youth of Britain epitomize stupidity, seems to consist of a condescending series of spoon-feeding stages in a one-dimensional standardisation of children.
Okay, I’m stumped. Having sat down to define that phrase, I’ve achieved nothing but writers’ block, despite, at aged 16, being in the middle of my school career. Is education the obvious, sickening haven in which ‘friendships are made’, where we all learn to ‘overcome challenges’ and ‘set goals’- which, quite frankly, makes me want to gag; or is it the more realistic, yet dull, means to create a ‘better society’?