Prince Charles: heir to the throne of Great Britain.

Born: November 14, 1948

Being a Prince and Heir Apparent gave Prince Charles access to all the tools available to help him learn to read.  Even so, he struggled in school, often hating his classes.  In 2007, Prince Charles began The Prince’s Teaching Institute Schools Programme to help other children who have suffered similar problems.

I happen to believe there is a desperate need to re-inspire teachers, to encourage the teaching of bodies of knowledge and to recapture some of the timeless principles of teaching which are so essential, at the end of the day, to the proper appreciation of the world we inhabit. There are some critics and commentators who would have us believe that the whole system in this country has become so far removed from the basic tenets of what constitutes a good education that it is too far gone to do anything about.

I set up my Teaching Institute to focus on the teachers and in turn the pupils because, as one policymaker put it recently, and I paraphrase; “The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of the teachers”.

So perhaps it is important just to remember that what marks out a teacher at the end of the day is the commitment not only to know one’s subject, but to share it; to enthuse about it and to excite others about it. You are not, if I may say so, just subject specialists. You are also actors, storytellers and ambassadors for your subjects.

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