Day in, day out education is under siege – not just by external agents but, more worryingly, from within. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve bitten the rosy red apple of education to find it rotten under the surface, tainted and bruised by pessimism and hopelessness of what some say is a lost cause.
According to Nelson Mandela, “education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” but surely it is also a weapon with which we can change education itself? A tool with which we can carve out the education system we aspire to be part of.
Okay, so education is not always a hospitable beast, nor is it a shiny red apple, but it is an opportunity. An opportunity to make a difference to something somewhere, to someone. Sometimes to see that opportunity one must step back, take flight and look with eagle-eyed determination on the situation unfolding before them. For me, my wings have arrived alongside an arsenal of further study and wider reading, through dialogue with others fighting the same battle, through action-research carried out in the trenches of the school corridor, through my own education – my weapon of choice!