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Introduction

"Our Day Out" The play "Our Day Out" by Willy Russell raised many questions about education, school trips, and how teachers react to different and less able kids. In my C.E.L. I shall answer two important questions that I feel were raised in this play, and explain how the writer made me aware of these issues. I shall also explain clearly my response to these issues. "Mrs. Kay scans the beach, Carol cannot be seen." This is something which definitely would not happen on a school trip nowadays. A pupils lost. The first question raised in the play was whether school trips are dangerous or worth the risk. Mrs. Kay was supposed to take a group of kids to Conwy Castle however on the way there they visited a zoo, a funfair, and the beach. This is something which simply wouldn't be allowed to happen on a modern day school trip as there are too many rules and restrictions to follow and teachers have no freedom with the kids on school trips which I feel is perhaps wrong. ...read more.

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I feel teachers should be allowed more opportunity to take kids n this sort of trip as the pupils would have more fun and get to know their teachers better which I think is important for learning. Also we must consider that there have only been around twenty two deaths in the last seven years on British school trips. This may seem like allot but when you think of how many thousands of school trips there have been in the last seven years and the millions of pupils who have participated that isn't a great deal of deaths. In my opinion education is trying to be safe but instead putting teachers off going on school trips. The reason I chose this particular question is because I strongly believe that children should get the chance to go on a school trip with all their friends so they can have fun and learn something at the same time. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think that the deprived inner city kids like Carol should be taught how to fill in benefit forms, write letters, and fill in job applications instead of being taught pointless things such as history as they will never use those skills. Teaching the less able kids how to fill in simple forms will set them up for the real world where there are no teachers to help them with everything. This sort of education would give these pupils a chance in life so they could survive on their own. Even though "Our Day Out" was quite a simple, easy to read play it raised many questions about education, teachers and most of all school trips. The play also raised many points of discussion which my class spoke about for several hours, this, I feel is one of the main merits of the book. I feel one of the main weaknesses of the book was the simple language used. However this play made me think more about education and I feel it was well worth reading. ...read more.

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