Monday, 1 November 2010

Anonymous?

Location : London Bridge station... / Time: Morning rush hour... Sight: two men in bright purple one piece full body suits.

BUT - did anyone notice? Not many people when I was there. Staggering really. I always wonder as I travel around - just how many people ignore everyone and remain self absorbed... they don't see or notice anyone - no matter what they are doing or what is happening... It's odd really. It happens in work and school situations as well.
A common complaint from students in very big schools is that no one knows them and they get 'lost' - or no one sees them... There is no doubt that smaller student groupings are very powerful - where every knows everyone.... and there is real interest and knowledge about their achievements - they feel like someone.
I was involved in splitting a school into four smaller new schools on one campus a few years ago - relationships were better, communication was good, attendance went up, behaviour improved, expectations improved and crucially - student performance rose sharply. Everyone was recognised - no one was anonymous. This is definitely the way forward. We must stop creating large anonymous factory schools..
We are all too busy today - and we don't see half of what is happening - even if you are dressed in purple!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is so true. No one sees anyone these days. Kids get lost in schools and they leave and no one notices.

Anonymous said...

i saw thes men too - I had been thinking just what you wrote after my son casme home last week and said the teacher asked him if he was just new to school - he's been there since September, his sschool is just too big

Gareth Long said...

Thank you for your comments. G