As I look out of my window I can see beautiful, relatively-untouched trees - and also somewhat ugly pollarded trees. I understand that in an urban environment it appears necessary to restrict the growth of trees in certain locations - for example close to houses. But it always seems a shame.
It seemed to me an obvious metaphor for how children are often treated in school - the equivalent of pollarding. Cutting off natural growth.
Examples of what has been said to some of the students in our College by past school teachers include:
'You're no good at art' - CHOP
'Give up trying to learn an instrument; you're not musical' - CHOP
'You've failed at maths' - CHOP
Each labeling of the young person chops off an opportunity for learning and growth.
The worst example I recollect is
'You're stupid, Jason' - a BIG CHOP
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