Youth Talk

March 15 - 21, 2017

Just the other day I was clearing out my room when I came across some of my old GCSE Physics notes.

And, while I would be lying if I claimed to miss the subject, I couldn’t help but experience a sense of nostalgia while staring at those painstakingly created notes.

It wasn’t all my fond memories of moments and levers that ignited this pathos, but rather it was the remembrance of knowing more - having the ability to retain more knowledge about the world and engage in conversations with a broader scope of people.

I distinctly remember telling myself I wouldn’t allow the imminent advent of A’ levels to deter me from remembering knowledge from subjects I would drop.

As strange as this may sound, I wanted to continue revising subjects like the Sciences over the summer holidays, telling myself it was important to retain all the knowledge I had learned over the last two years.

After all, I would no longer be taught these subjects and it seemed like such a waste to abandon all my studies in them. Rather shockingly, such plans never came into fruition (and for that I blame Putlocker and pure laziness).

Two years down the line and I find myself needing a calculator for some of the most basic numerical equations.

I now have to Google chemistry terms I once knew like the back of my hand.

It is indeed hindering that our minds are increasingly becoming more processed to only recall the bare minimum of facts.

The art of learning certainty appears to be fading in a more competitive world.

Still, not all hope is lost. I occasionally find myself recalling random statistics from my GCSE geography case studies (told you I’d give a shout out to the amazing Geography lessons, Mr Hobday!) … and surely some knowledge is better than none?

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