"The good thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you." B.B.King

"There are many private schools in the United States which accept only boys or only girls. But there were only eleven single-sex public schools in the country; a twelfth has been opened in Houston, Texas."



What are we going to speak about in this unit? 

What is a public school? And a private school?

Do you consider that sex-separated schools are a good way to teach and learn in the 21st century? What advantages and disadvantages could you find at a school like this? 


Types of schools in the UK

There are many different types of state school as well as independent schools. State Schools are maintained by the Government with public funds and are free for the pupils. They include:

  • Nursery - Non-compulsory schooling for 3-4 year olds
  • Infant schools - Children aged 4 - 7 Junior Schools - Children aged 7 – 11
  • Primary schools - Combining Infant, Junior and often Nursery classes within one school
  • Comprehensive Secondary schools - for all pupils aged 11 - 16 years. These schools do NOT  select students. Some provide additional schooling for students from 16 - 18 years.
  • Sixth form colleges (non-compulsory) - for students 16 - 18 years
  • Special schools - For the education of children with various physical, emotional and behavioural learning needs which cannot be met in the mainstream.

Independent or Private schools

There are around 2,300 independent schools in England. These schools set their own curriculum and admissions policies. They are funded by fees paid by parents and income from investments. Over half of them have charitable status. Every independent school must be registered with the DfE. Standards are regularly monitored by either Ofsted or an inspectorate approved by the Secretary of State, ensuring that the school maintains the standards set out in its registration document.

"Prep" schools

These are independent schools which prepare students up to the age of 11 or 13 for the entrance to another Secondary Private School or PUBLIC SCHOOL. 

Public schools in the UK

A public school, in common British usage, is a school which is usually prestigious and historic, which charges fees, does not arbitrarily restrict admissions, and is financed by bodies other than the state, commonly as a private charitable trust. Often, but not always, they are boarding schools, that is where you stay and live for the whole term or schoolyear.

The term 'public', which was first adopted by Eton, historically refers to the fact that the school was open to the paying public, as opposed to a religious school, which was only open to members of a certain church, and in contrast to private education at home , which was usually only practiced by the very wealthy who could afford tutors.


New methodologies?

New ways of assessment?

Groupwork? Pairwork? Individual work?

The new classroom?

Your ideal school?

Your ideal teachers?


"Education is the most powerful weapon

which you can use to change the world."

Nelson Mandela


"Nearly a billion people entered this new millenium unable to read a book, or sign their names and two thirds of these are women" 

"80% of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally iiliterate." 

"More than 60% of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate."



one world, one civilization, one conscience, one engine, one destiny...


-Shakira mentions 4 important personalities, who are they?

-What has speeded up the progress in humanity in the last century, according  to her?

-How many times could America feed its inhabitants?

-What has Shakira seen to feel so confident about what she says?

-What did she have as goal by starting her own foundation?

-What is the difference between "charity" and "investment"?

-One single year in primary education much in their later life?

-How much does a person return to society for every dollar invested on their education?

-What does she mean by "it is your foot on the accelerator and, please, step on it"? 


Shorter version of Shakira's speech about her foundation at Oxford Union.

Another famous speech by a girl at the U.N.

Camilla, come here 
Camilla, come over here 
Where are you hiding? 
Come out, come out 

Don't raise your head 
Don't raise your eyes 
Don't ever uncover your mouth 
Don't let me ever see you cry, 
Or laugh, or shout... 

Don't raise your standards too high 
Don't raise your standards too high 
Don't you go reading 
Don't you go reading 
Just keep breeding. 


And the bird of paradise flies 
Somewhere in the jungle 
Her colors brilliant and bright 
Her rapture free and wild 
So beautiful it'd make you cry... 
So beautiful it'd make you cry... 

But that's far away from here.

"If you are planning for a year, grow rice.

 If you are planning for a decade, grow trees.

 If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people."

Chinese proverb.