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

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Orli
Dear Mr Cameron, J.K Rowling once said, “It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” But in the British school system, it is not anymore. It’s impossible to remember writing a story in school just because you actually want to, without a criteria of what you need to include to get the right levels. I can’t enjoy a subject anymore without the fear that I’m not going to achieve my target, that I’m not on track, that I’m not prepared for the countless assessments we’re bombarded with every month. Harry Potter probably didn't fit the level criteria – billions sold. As young individuals, we are represented by a few numbers that are supposed to show our intelligence – what about things outside of intelligence? What about creativity and finding an identity? We have to try and find ourselves through numbers that sum up how clever we are. What about expressing ourselves? Where did that go? People need to listen and understand that we’re young and this isn't necessary. I’m not saying abolish tests – our progress obviously needs to be checked, but school isn't just about grades – it’s about independence and exploration. I say give creativity to young people while you still can, let them express themselves and be who they want to be before they grow up, and the world tries to make them something they’re not. And in the words of Stephen Sondeheim, “Stay a child while you can still be a child.” Orli

 

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