The Telegraph is reporting that a headteacher has sent teenagers up an uncharted Greenland mountain, flying them there in a World War II submarine hunting sea plane, despite risk of bears and parents fearing for their children’s lives, in an effort to teach them about risk.
Gavin Horgan, headmaster at independent school Worksop College in Nottinghamshire, says children’s lives have been “sanitised” and they should be exposed to genuine risk.
Mr Horgan’s comments emerged as parents of the class of teenagers said they were “very apprehensive” at first of letting their teenagers embark on the expedition for which they needed preparation for a year.
The pupils, all aged 16 to 18, spent twelve months preparing for the expedition and the harsh conditions they will encounter in the Arctic Circle.
The training involved how to handle a gun, rock climbing, CPR and a full-scale emergency evacuation…
The ten teenagers are also travelling with a doctor who has received training in case one of them breaks a bone…
Sounds like an amazing trip and no doubt it comes with an amazing price tag, but what do you think of the bigger point Gavin Horgan is making here?
Should schools be exposing pupils to risk or is such an idea just not appropriate for most (especially those in the state sector)?
Please give us your reactions and feedback.
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