Read what Britain’s thirteen year olds have been writing to the Prime Minister in 2013.

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Dear Mr Cameron I am writing this letter about my opinion on our current school system. After some research on the Programme for International Student Assessment, it is obvious that many countries are doing better than us when it comes to their scores in exams with one example being Finland, number 1 in reading, maths and science from 2000-2006. Their educational system includes showing children at a young age how to develop as a unique person and to have a positive outlook towards others and their well-being. Teachers need a Master's degree to qualify making teaching a very well respected profession and students get short days and minimal homework so they still have time to do extra-curricular activities. Classes are usually 20 pupils, and the school itself is very clean and informal creating a relaxing environment which would be easy to concentrate in. Here, schools are places where much stress is piled upon children from an early age. They are required to memorise so much information at once that there is little time to enjoy yourself because you are expected to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life when you are still in your early teens. In my opinion, more children would learn better and be willing to learn in an environment where they are taught well, with the ability to take in knowledge in their own pace as much as possible, and that they are surrounded by positivity and happiness.

 

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