Students debate PRE matters

By Clare Jarmy, Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy
“But aren‟t the failures of our governmental system not problems with democracy itself, but rather with its application?”.“Do you mean we should give Athenian Democracy a go, with people randomly being selected for government?” “Not necessarily – it is just that some systems, communism for example, aren‟t inherently bad – they have just been applied in a flawed way”. No, this is not an exchange between experts on some late-night BBC Radio 4 programme – it in fact took place in a debate held as part of the recent BAC PRE all-in-weekend. In spite of snow, illness and 16th birthdays, students stayed in school to spend the weekend working on Philosophy, Religion and Ethics. The weekend provided opportunities to get on with work on Thinking Journals and Utopia projects, as well as getting advice and help from members of the PRE department, Jane Kirby in the Library and Arran Stamper (6.1), a student who did the BAC last year. Amongst debates and productive independent working time, students got to see the film 1984, a stark vision for a dystopia if ever there was one; a film directed and co-written by former Bedales parent, Michael Radford.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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