Dream snuffing

We have a dreaming problem.

Dreamers are dangerous. Dreamers can be impatient, unwilling to fit in.  Dreamers are a nightmare for our current education system, a system that wants everyone to do the same thing.  To conform, en masse.  This doesn’t work for the dreamer.

A school’s function is to create the workers we need to fuel our economy, therefore we need to change the whole education system, because the workers we require now have changed. The mission used to be to create homogenized, obedient, satisfied workers.  This is no longer the case.

Times have changed but our education system hasn’t.  We must give our talented teachers the freedom to help your kids believe in the beauty of their dreams.

The government judge our schools on their GCSE pass rate.  Forget the content of your child’s character, can they remember what they’ve been drilled on?  We have been seduced into believing that this is the right way.  We shouldn’t be buying this.

As well as academics, we can teach people to make commitments, to overcome fear, to deal transparently, to initiate, and to chase a dream.  We can teach people to desire lifelong learning, to express themselves, and to innovate.

We can  also unteach bravery, creativity and initiative all because we haven’t got time to harness these qualities as ‘WE MUST PASS THE TEST.’

Constant drilling to conform, dilutes our natural creative ability.  The government (maybe even teachers themselves) will say “we do encourage creativity”.  Maybe, but only within the parameters that suit the system.  To enjoy true creativity, the shackles must be off.  Totally off.  No rules.

The subliminal message of our current system that our children are learning is heartbreaking.

When I’m invited to speak to teenagers at a school one of my first ‘go to’ topics is always their dreams.  What do they want to become?

I asked a school in Ashton, Lancashire, the following question.

“When you leave school, which of the following jobs would you most like to have?”

The boss of a major company

In the military

The Prime Minister

A Head Teacher

The personal assistant to a famous singer

The results:

Among girls, 9.5 percent chose “the chief of a major company”; 9.8 percent chose “in the military”; 13.6 percent chose “The Prime Minister”; 23.7 percent chose “A Head Teacher”; and 43.4 percent chose “the personal assistant to a very famous singer.”

They were happy to be the assistant of someone who lived the dream!

Is this the best we can do? Have we created a twelve year schooling cycle to take our best and brightest and snuff out their dreams?  Is the product of our massive schooling industry an endless legion of robotic assistants?

Dream snuffing has to end.

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Former Gatecrasher resident DJ Adam Catterall began his radio career in 2005 at Lancashire’s Rock FM. After a highly successful 18 months on 2 different time slots Adam was appointed the stations new breakfast presenter – a position which he kept for 3 and a half years. In this time he won several awards including an Arqiva for Commercial Radio Presenter of the Year and a nomination by the Radio Academy for Radio Personality of the Year in 2008.

In 2010 Adam decided not to renew his contract with Rock FM in order to chase his dream of presenting on BBC Radio 1. That dream was realised in April 2011 when Adam became a regular fixture on the network.

After a successful summer in 2012 presenting at the London Olympic Games Adam decided the time was right to pursue another dream presenting sport and accept the chance to cover Rock and Roll football on Absolute radio with Ian Wright.

Stepping back in to commercial radio caused interest from many radio stations but the offer from Key 103 Manchester was just to tempting to ignore. Adam re-signed for Bauer in January 2013 and after an incredibly successful individual Rajar year for him he quickly moved to their drive show.

TalkSPORT were soon to knock on the door and in February 2015 Adam began to present his weekly ‘Extra Time’ show. Bauer media also wanted to utilise his talent in sports broadcasting and offered the chance to leave Key103 Manchester for Radio City Talk Drive, a daily sports show for Liverpool.

His northern charm is highly engaging and very entertaining. His voice is synonymous with a range of well-known TV brands such as the infamous Foxy Bingo TV advertisement campaigns.

Adam also became the face of the National Lottery Scratchcard TV advertisment campaign in March 2012.

His previous voice work includes ITV2, ITV4, UKTV Home, SKY 1 and Sky 2.