The concept of "teacher's mission" in different countries is treated ambiguously. About what it is like in boarding schools in England, says James Delingpol, a member of the Times. He cites as an example the situation of the sensational film "The Matrix", which became a cult film in 1999, when Neo (actor - Keanu Reeves) offers a choice of 2 tablets, red and blue. The first symbolizes the understanding of the truth of reality, the second - the acceptance of illusion. A well-known journalist believes that the mission of the British private school and each of the teachers to help children is not just to help the child with the decision, but to motivate him to choose a red pill.
The school performs not only an educational but also an educational function. The last, according to Delingpole, is to rid every child of intellectual laziness. The latter provides for the simple absorption of knowledge, the acceptance of axioms, the assimilation of streamlined knowledge. The journalist notes that it is not always worth admiring the great works of literature or art. Practice shows that each completed work is a priori unsuccessful. It does not hold out to the genius of the original intention of the creator. But this is a huge advantage and feature of great works. Learning to perceive classics without hypocrisy, freely and sincerely, children will be able to assess it adequately.
The cornerstone of education
Delingpol believes that the most important educational aspects are not covered by any curriculum. They are beyond the academic framework. So, English and the literature under the program are ordinary subjects on which examinations are passed. In fact, these are disciplines that allow a child to know and understand the world around him. In the process of studying them, children find answers to questions about who they are, why they came into the world, what is the meaning of life, how to act in this or that situation, what to expect from people, the state, the social system. The journalist focuses attention on the fact that literary works do not simply describe life situations or versions. They are part of life itself.
Advantages and peculiarities of private education
Today, many choose private schools in England for the sake of prestige. But the goal, according to Delingpole, should be different. First of all, a private school is needed to give the child a quality education. It's hard to argue with this. But it should be noted that not all graduates of boarding houses in Britain go to Oxbridge. And not everyone is able to give out original thoughts, generate ideas. But the vast majority of children in private schools acquire the most valuable skills of independent thinking, change their perception of obvious things, learn critical analysis.
The programs of English private schools are flexible. They allow children not to focus on academic boundaries. Students learn mandatory disciplines and those subjects that are interesting to each of them. It promotes intellectual development, motivates to achievements, eradicates mental laziness.
As a result, private education gives the child an intellectual superiority. He is proud of his skills, knowledge, and strives to develop further. In addition, private education opens up a lot of opportunities for the child, from access to unique literary, historical sources (for example, Ovid's works in the original) to a conscious choice of profession.
Biographical information. James Delingpole is a famous British columnist. He studied at Malvern College and graduated from the Literary Department of Oxford. In 2014, Delingpol conducted a study of the process of teaching disciplines in modern private schools using the example of Malvern and Radley colleges.