For many young people
May and June have been a stressful months as they face the rigour of GCSE’s AS and A ‘levels, Now with most papers
completed it’s playing the waiting game until the results appear in August. Some papers will have gone well others perhaps
a little shaky in places; and now up and down the length and breadth of the country examiners will be marking, over marking
and grading those papers. Having spent a few days over marking some A level papers, I have seen at first hand some of the
answers to one particular set of A level papers; as always standards vary but it is always nice to find those scripts to which
you can only award full marks for each question.
At the other end of the spectrum from A levels and GCSE’s some
of you may have been aware of the ‘500 word short story competition’ run by the BBC. On Friday 8th June the top
entries in each age group were broadcast live from Hampton Court Palace in the presence of the Duchess of Cornwall. For some
reason I just happened to catch some of that broadcast on Radio 2, and in particular one of the stories submitted in the 10-13
age group, by Aofie Maddock. Although not the gold winning entry it was, I thought, a masterful piece of writing, especially
from someone of that age. Simply entitled ‘A God vacancy’ it was an amusing yet very nuanced story in which the
young author imagines God resigning from being in charge of the earth. I particularly liked the following paragraphs:
understand it's unprofessional of me to complain about my clients in such a personal manner, but they're just so frustrating.
I have done everything in my power to please them, you know. My creative team and I have worked as best we can with them-
but I've never met a species that is quite so needy!
First of all, they're the only species to fight among themselves
so pettily. War after war, I can barely get a word in edgewise; all in my name, might I add. I don't want war, why would
I want war? That doesn't even make sense! If they'd listen for just one moment, they'd realise it's not in
my best interests and it's certainly not in theirs, it's nothing but a waste of time and money. Another thing, never
have I worked a job where I've received so much abuse! Anything they mess up, they blame on me- which is hardly fair.
Do they really think it's my job to sit around and ruin their day?”
The whole story reminded me of some the
words of Jesus in St Matthew’s Gospel
"I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden
these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” (Matthew 11:25)
Sometimes the insight,
wisdom and ideas of children can teach us all a thing or two. The whole story can be found on the following link below, it’s
worth a read. Even if you don’t particularly agree or associate with the sentiments expressed -it is food for thought.
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