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Reflections on the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics on Saturday  Friday night provided a spectacular romp through British history and achievement – from Shakespeare and the workers of rural England to the engineering brilliance of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the political nerve and persistence of the Suffragettes and the musical talents of the likes of Dizzee Rascal.

The ceremony was a showcase for British ingenuity, toil and creativity and it has been very well received. Reflecting on the show, it really is a wonder what humankind has managed to achieve (especially from such a small island). But what for the future? If we were to run a similar show in 200 years’ time what achievements would we be reflecting on?

What we saw on Saturday night was a set of achievements that have come from a society which has nurtured its young in many ways – through family, community and schooling, for example.

Now we find ourselves in a period of rapid change that is impacting greatly on our economies, political systems, communities, families and schools. Through all this change we need to ensure our young are equipped to think, challenge and create, to be the responsible subversives that will shape future generations.

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