Skool

In December 1967 The Observer organized a competition for secondary school children to write about ‘The school that I’d like’. A selection of entries were published in a Penguin Educational book, The school that I’d like, in 1969 and edited by Edward Blishen.

Is life divided up into sections? No, I say.
Then why have subjects at school?
Teach living at school,
And living means understanding,
And understanding is all.

Therefore I say throw out your timetables,
Throw away your rulers and bring in teachers.
Comprehensives without rulers and streams and exams (one way),
Comprehensives with laughter and learning and communications (two way).
That’s what I want man,
But it costs bread and that’s needed for our next nuclear submarine.

The key to life is flexibility
Then you can breathe
Not suffocate
And die

Don’t get panarchy
I don’t want anarchy
Just sympathy
For the pimply.

Paul, 17

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