'As I drive into my office at 5.40am, I often ask myself: "What is the purpose of education?"'

25th May 2016 at 06:03
What gets me up in the morning
One teacher says the opportunity to help children to become independent thinkers and well-rounded human beings inspires him to get up in the early hours every morning

What gets me up every morning is that I get excited about instilling a passion for learning and self-improvement among my pupils.

Helping children to become independent thinkers and well-rounded human beings is invaluable to our social progress and I’m inspired to widen our impact on this every day.

As I drive into my office at 5.40am, I often ask myself: "What is the purpose of education?" Is it to develop creativity and cognitive thinking, or is it to develop knowledge and understanding of various subjects that meet the requirements of the curriculum?

For me it’s both. In previous years, our workforce was more labour-intensive and the necessity for creative input was less essential. In our ever-developing technological world, however, it’s the combined skills of creative and cognitive intelligence that are in increasing demand and which we must try to teach our pupils to equip them for the future.

Challenging pupils

Inspirational teachers often ask open-ended questions to challenge pupils' thinking and encourage them to think independently.

"What do you think is the answer?"

"That’s an interesting response. Why do you think that and how can you prove it to me?"

In today’s evolving world, everything is much more dynamic and I’m passionate about ensuring our education system reflects that. I thrive on encouraging children to think creatively and delve deeper into why and how they believe certain answers to be true.

This way knowledge is further embedded and learners become more resilient and reflective.

I am driven to helping children develop the transferable skills necessary for them to have a greater impact on our social progress. Every night before I go to sleep, I ask myself two questions:

  1.      "How can I have a greater impact on the education of the children in our care?"
  2.      "How can we engage more children to help ensure they receive a well-rounded education and become productive citizens of our society?"

Jazz Rose is a PE teacher and the founder and director of J and C Academy

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