Why Wait?

    24 February

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    Do you know the term ‘Scurvy Lag’? It refers to the fact that the cure for scurvy – lemons – was known about by the British Navy for 190 years before its regular use and 256 years before the eventual eradication of scurvy from the mercantile marine. If the British Navy knew of a cure, why did they not act upon it? Why did they wait?

    190 years can bring about a lot of change. There have been significant changes in education between the classroom of 190 years ago and the classroom of today. We have gone from blackboards and chalk to interactive whiteboards. Pupils were to be seen and not heard, whereas today we encourage students to be more vocal in lessons enabling them to engage and participate in their education thus helping them to satisfy their curiosity.

    We have at our fingertips a huge body of research as to the best teaching methods. So why, if we have all of this information would we wait to implement best practice or innovate even better practice. We often hear the phrase, “Sir, when am I ever going to use this in later life?” Having knowledge is not enough anymore, we need to show them how they can apply their education to real life situations and how it can be used in later life. Staff at Campbell are specialists in teaching boys and as such, adapt learning to suit the needs of boys whilst still meeting the curriculum objectives.

    “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way,” John Maxwell (Renowned American Author on Leadership). At Campbell, we know how boys learn and tailor teaching methods accordingly.

    I ask myself and my staff daily to push ourselves to provide the best education we can deliver to our boys. To not wait for the results of things working in another educational establishment but to have the confidence that delivering innovative teaching to our students is the best way for them to learn. We endeavour to lead, not follow. If there is an opportunity to better ourselves – we shall take it,for the sake of our boys.