Ageism may be the last great prejudice our society deigns to address, if indeed it ever gets around to it.
This occurred to me as I sat in a classroom of computers at night school desperately struggling to put together a Powerpoint presentation on the Human Rights Act.
I have enrolled on an entry level teacher training course because I want to run creative writing classes. Every Thursday evening I arrive at Guildford College in my battered old Volvo full of horse feed and bits of straw just as the shiny young students of Surrey are leaving for the day.
The Powerpoint assignment was designed to teach us about the myriad pieces of legislation that govern teaching nowadays, ensuring learners have a positive and inclusive experience.
I was meant to be getting to grips with how to cater for all races, religions, genders and family backgrounds. But I myself was struggling to learn because I am the oldest in the class and the technology was defeating me. My younger classmates all understood how to make their computers instantly produce what I would still rather helplessly call a slide show.
The group only cut me some slack when I shouted out in frustration as they tapped away happily: “You are going to have to tell me how to create these windows you are all bringing up!”
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