Yesterday I took the funeral of a colleague from an educational trust. Preparing for it I was reminded of a conversation we had about the purpose of education and the ethos we were there to promote. We were bringing the values of the founder up-to-date, to relate them to the world of schools today.
Given the debates raging about grammar schools and all students needing a good education, here is a contribution with echoes from the 18th century and a benefactor from Peterborough, Thomas Deacon, whose will established a free school for poor boys (now a co-ed academy).
Education is at its best when it:
- Focuses on the student as the primary concern;
- Aims to assist him or her achieve their best;
- Prepares them for today’s world and citizenship;
- Helps them become rounded people;
- Fosters moral and spiritual development.