The British Academy Summer Showcase 2019 Schools Day

The British Academy Summer Showcase 2019 Schools Day


I think young people today are under a lot
of pressure to go into science, engineering, STEM subjects. What we want to do today is
to remind people that the humanities, the study of ourselves, literature, our ideas,
politics, is just as important. If you walk round this building there are practical real
world applications of ideas that are changing people’s lives right across the world and
I hope that people will see that and think of the humanities, not as a kind of pleasant
hobby, but as something that is as vivid, as real and as full of impact as any other
subject they have the option to study. It’s been a great experience we saw some paintings
about the people in Syria, the refugees, we saw how they made their way and explained
their story. I’ve enjoyed today a lot around the politics,
around the environment, looking at exhibitions about the key issues about voting and laws.
Within the classrooms we can’t do everything, there’s not enough time available for us to
do it but I think here you can really socialise with people, get answers, ask questions, which
sometimes wouldn’t have time to do at school. So I’m the Deputy Head of Sixth Form at Cheam
High School. We brought a group of students to really expose them to different ideas and
to create curious minds. They were able to actually speak to leading academics and researchers
and professors who are at the cutting edge of some of this research when it really exposes
them to different ideas. I’d say it’s more natural learning from other
people and what they’re saying because at least then you have the interaction of asking
them questions and exchange of ideas rather than just a textbook. We went to the VR headsets and were able to
see people on their menstrual cycle. It really opened our eyes to see how some people have
a lot of hardships in normal day-to-day things. I think the diversity in terms of the interactions
that the kids have had today have been definitely something outside the classroom because in
the classroom they’re only learning from a specific set curriculum so I think it’s good
for them because they kind of are able to step out of their general daily comfort zone
and activities and they’ve been able to ask really fantastic questions which has been
quite inspiring from a teacher’s perspective.

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