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ALDERSLEY HIGH SCHOOL, ROLLINGS RACEWAY | Forever Changes

Education and schools are changing. Dirt checks out an amazing project at Alsdersley High School Wolverhampton – Rollings Raceway…

From Dirt Issue 124 – June 2012

Words by Richard Cunynghame. Photos by Grant Robinson.

In November 1967, the Los Angeles based band Love released their album Forever Changes. At a time when the Hollywood dream industry was dancing around the San Francisco psychedelic maypole, it was a stark cynical look at the world as it came to the end of the Summer of Love. It showed the cracks that were appearing in the hippy dream and its title came from an equally tragic scenario; the singer/songwriter Arthur Lee heard about a friend–of–a–friend who had dumped his girlfriend. She exclaimed, “You said you would love me forever”, and he replied, “Well, forever changes.” Well, luckily for us, forever can change for the positive as well.

School hey! The word fills me with dread, I hated mine and the idea that it is enforced onto unsuspecting kids has often seemed to me like giving mandatory prison sentences to everyone just for being born. Its benefits cannot be denied, we arrive into this world as a bundle of gurgling mess and to be able to take a healthy and enjoyable route through this life there is a lot to be learned. The Victorians certainly thought this learning process should be hard work and not to be enjoyed. This world has now changed; we’re in an era where people get offered flexi–time and our enjoyment of life is seen as paramount and equally conducive towards not only our productivity and contribution to society but also that each of us is entitled to actually take pleasure from our existence. Less of the ‘ruler across the knuckles’ with more emphasis on catering towards what kids want and need to turn out well.>>

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