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Introduction Rushen Infants Rushen Junior and Castle Rushen Three very small state run schools in the same village tucked away in a secluded part of the Isle of Man Nothing memorable nothing expensive no competition from any other local schools and no new or innovative styles of teaching the otherwise mundane curriculum The teachers had themselves been schooled quite possibly in the very same building during the 1940s and 1950s They now were seeking to impart their discipline to children from a different generation a different decade with totally different views and values For me this was all heading one way even if it did take me 20 years to realise it usually to the head masters office Coming from a broken home in the 1970s had many disadvantages the main one I can recall was having no father as a role model to guide and teach me This paper will concentrate on my learning experiences and observations from my school days through to my military education I will discuss key areas of learning and will endeavour to identify and critique any events that have had specific impact on me as a learner Rushen Junior By the sheer fact that I have few memories of pre school and primary education suggests that early school was neither stimulating nor memorable However I do recall playing and drawing at some stage Vygotsky 1978 suggests that drawing and playing should be preparatory stages in the development of childrens written language It now appears that I was inadvertently being prepared for future learning and was developing the foundation for my future education On a recent return visit to my primary school I was taken around by the headmistress I was shown accommodation that had well heated classrooms and modern tables and chairs There was an abundance of Thomas the Tank Engine style books that appeared to excite the children I would suggest that they
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