What are schools for?

26 September 2008

Increasingly beginning to think that schools have to think about child’s lives in their totality if they are going to give them a truly rounded education. I argued about this with Gaby Hinsliff, a political writer at the Observer; she argued that schools were there primarily to educate and that possibly things like providing children with injections wasn’t quite their job. I replied that it depended how you defined ‘education’; if it means simply passing exams then I think schools should do much more. publish guidance being written by the government is calling for schools to consider a child’s well-being; my research into school exclusions for the New Statesman certainly bears out the need for schools to stop kicking out naughty kids onto the streets and thinking much more seriously about educating them in the widest sense of the word.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/03/2008_39_fri.shtml

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