Saturday, 8 November 2014

School and suicide in the UK.

Some who end their lives or attempt suicide might be trying to escape feelings of rejection, hurt, or loss. Others might feel angry, ashamed, or guilty about something. Some people may be worried about disappointing friends or family members. And some may feel unwanted, unloved, victimized, or like they're a burden to others.

School can bring on many of those feelings and we are about to enter an even more dangerous territory in the UK. 

In February 2014, education minister Elizabeth Truss lead a "fact-finding mission" to Shanghai to learn the secrets of China's success. With plans to adjust the UK's education policy accordingly. 

Yet Chinese parents and educators see their own system as corrupt, dehumanising, pressurised and unfair. In fact, many are looking to the west for answers.

China has seen a rise in child suicide and considering their lives literally revolve around school and learning, it would be hard to find the Education system not guilty for this.

When we look at the UK, and the way the Government wants to find extreme ways to bring the children of the UK to the top of the international educator scoreboards, we need to question if this is healthy or safe. 

I believe not. 

We are already seeing a rise in teen suicide, as the educators tighten the belt around students, teachers and parents. 

In 2010 teen suicide was low in the UK.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in the 15-19 age group, six people per 100,000 in Britain killed themselves in 2008. In relative terms, the youth suicide statistics for Britain are low – fifth from the bottom in a table of 30.

The education system was not to standard according to the Government, although our children seemed happier and less likely to harm themselves, this changed rapidly, alongside the changes to the education act 2011 that received royal assent.

We then saw a sudden rise in teen suicide, our children seemed to be happier less and less. 

The number of people taking their own life in the UK rose "significantly" in 2011, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown.

How has it come to the point that we have allowed the monsters who roam Westminster, to decide how happy our children are?.

When is it going to be enough?.

There are many ways to make sure our children are educated and still happy, Finland has consistently ranked high in the PISA study, which compares national educational systems internationally, although in the recent years Finland has been displaced from the very top.

What we need to ask ourselves is, should the government be held accountable for the lack of human rights in their efforts to storm to the top of the stats board within education? Are the government the sneakiest child abusers we have?

Many choose to home educate as they have seen the lack of care within the education system, but should these be our only options? Should we as parents be the voice saying no?.<br /><br /><a href=""><img src="" alt="IMG_7558.JPG" class="alignnone size-full" /></a>