Saskia Van Kampen, Head of Year at UWCM, writes in response to the paper's editorial on Friday Space.
The first day a huge crowd cheered for the monologues. Yet, the following two days just a fraction of that gathered for the events.
"As debate rages about the dangers and implications of an over-reliance on technology in everyday life, there is one particular conversation that I had with a student a few years ago which remains imprinted in my memory."
The unspoken agreement between student and teacher, that when in class, they are on a journey together in learning, seems to have been removed, and we now simply occupy seats where what we spend our time on is completely in our own hands.
A question is asked. “Do you want to take up this project?” Gloomy silence fills the room. Empty glances decorate the faces; some look down so not to be seen. “What about you?” An uncomfortable short pause. “I can’t, sorry, I have SATs in March, and I need to prepare for that.”
Have you ever met someone who set arduous goals for the new year, worked with great determination and consistency, and eventually achieved every single one of them?
Does these “confessions” serve as evidence of anything? I believe that they are albeit too vague and much too uninhibited to be considered reliable.
Two instances that highlight the need for reflection are also the most memorable events of our December month: YES conference and the Brie Mathers Presentation.
Only when a man entered the stage, the boys listened. This shows how gender issues are ever present, and that there is a demand for conversation regarding feminism. Just not Brie’s talk.